The Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the PGA Tour golf tournament in pairs, in Avondale (Louisiana, USA) started with surprises. The Norwegian duo made up of Viktor Hovland and Kris Ventura, former team mates of Oklahoma State University, with a bogey free trial closed in 62 (-10) strokes lead the leaderboard together with Americans Brice Garnett-Scott Stallings.
Zurich Classic, leaderborad
The leaders have a single shot of advantage over 7 teams - including the Americans Cameron Champ-Tony Finau and the Australians Marc Leishman-Cameron Smith -, all 3 / i with 63 (-9). Tenth place (64, -8) for six couples, including those composed by Xander Schauffele-Patrick Cantlay and Bubba Watson-Scottie Scheffler.
Sixteenth place (65, -7), among others, for Jon Rahm-Ryan Palmer, outgoing champions (they won the tournament in 2019, in 2020 the competition was canceled for Covid), but also for Justin Rose-Henrik Stenson, respectively gold and silver medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games 2016.
Balance and show in Louisiana. Where does Champ, recently named honorary citizen of New Orleans by Mayor LaToya Cantrell as part of the "National Black Golf Month" in April, also for his struggles against racism. No obligation to get vaccinated but many encouragement to do so as soon as possible.
The PGA Tour campaign continues to minimize the risks of contagion from COVID-19. The top American men's golf circuit has sent a reminder to players to emphasize the safety of vaccines. Explaining that "in the world over 700 million people have already been administered with very few significant side effects.
There are misconceptions and concerns about infertility, the alteration of DNA. These concerns are false" All this comes after several oppositions by the protagonists of the American green. And following an email that the Pga Tour always sent to its members last week in which it was explained that vaccinated players would no longer be obliged to undergo the swab test before each event.
It's called the "Player Impact Program" and is the PGA Tour's answer to the Premier Golf League (PGL) which, from 2022, aims to propose a new green circuit between pharaonic prize pools and big ambitions.
The top American men's circuit has created a project aimed at premiere the stars that bring benefits to golf and to the organization including the involvement of fans and sponsors. On the pot 40 million dollars distributed among 10 players, 8 of which will go to the champion who will have brought more results beyond the field.
The chosen ones will be determined based on their "impact score", a spokesperson for the PGA Tour tells Golfweek. With the US organization that has already distributed to players the metrics by which they will be ranked.
"Their popularity in google searches" and through social networks will also be fundamental. The PGA Tour will use an algorithm to determine the final scores and to benefit, among others, could be champions, needless to say, like Tiger Woods. But also Bryson DeChambeau and Rickie Fowler, a phenomenon of popularity but in great crisis of results on the field.