In Avondale (Louisiana, USA) the third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, a pairs tournament of the PGA Tour golf, with a partial of 63 (-9) out of a total of 197 (63 71 63, -19) saw the duo consisting of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel rise to the top of the standings.
One lap from the end, the South Africans have only one shot ahead of the Australians Marc Leishman-Cameron Smith and the Americans Cameron Champ-Tony Finau – among the leaders after the second round – second with 198 (-18).
Zurich Classic, results
Norwegians Viktor Hovland-Kris Ventura slipped from first to fourth position (199, -17). Same score for the Americans Bubba Watson-Scottie Scheffler. Unchanged position for the defending champions, Jon Rahm-Ryan Palmer (who won the competition in 2019, in 2020 the event was canceled for Covid), always 9 / i with 201 (-15).
Unexpected collapse for the Olympic duo made up of Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, respectively gold and silver medalists at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, from 3 / i to 19 / i with 203 (-13). 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.