AVONDALE, La. – Eventually month’s WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play, there was lots consideration paid to gamers who would possibly discover themselves at this yr’s Presidents Cup both for the U.S. or Worldwide aspect.
However as a gauge of potential success, Billy Horschel has different concepts.
“I might put extra inventory in a Zurich [Classic], how properly do you play with a accomplice, how properly do you play alternate shot?” Horschel mentioned Tuesday at TPC Louisiana. “I’ve performed very well with a pair totally different companions at Zurich. I’ve received with Scott Piercy, completed fourth with Sam Burns final yr in our first time collectively.”
Horschel admittedly wouldn’t have an unbiased opinion on how this week’s Zurich Traditional, which options 80 two-man groups enjoying each foursomes and four-ball, is likely to be a prelude to this yr’s Presidents Cup. However his level is not any much less legitimate. Whereas success on the WGC-Match Play is weighed by captains of each Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup groups, the World Golf Championship continues to be a person occasion.
“On the finish of the day it’s match play, and there’s solely at some point the place you play by your self, and every thing else is a crew, whether or not it’s four-ball or foursomes,” Horschel mentioned. “Clearly you get to choose who you get to play with, you get to play with your mates, however that format exhibits extra of what I feel a captain would take a look at and the way properly he may be paired up with a participant.”
Zurich Traditional might play a component in Presidents Cup
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Most likely the very best instance of that is the pairing of Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele. The duo tied for 11th final yr at TPC Louisiana and went on to go 2-0 whereas teamed collectively on the Ryder Cup. In 2019, Cantlay and Schauffele went 2-2 for the U.S. Presidents Cup crew.
“Xander and I are nice associates and we’ve performed a whole lot of golf collectively. Between Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup, fairly a number of crew occasions given our quick tenures on Tour,” Cantlay mentioned. “We simply actually take pleasure in it, and after we see [the Zurich Classic] on the schedule it simply appears like a enjoyable week and every week that we will compete.”