Californians hope to hit right notes
World No.12 Charley Hoffman will partner Nick Watney as the PGA Tour switches to a pairs format for this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
This is the second edition of the tournament at TPC Louisiana since it switched to two days of alternate shot and two days of better-ball and Hoffman and Watney gelled well together last year when shooting 19-under to finish in a tie for fifth.
Watney also won at the course in 2007 when the event was a standard 72-hole strokeplay.
Speaking about why the duo got together, Watney said: "Well, it's a bit of a long story, but we've been friends for a long time and used to live near each other and all that stuff. I think we're both pretty good ball-strikers."
Hoffman has also enjoyed individual success at the course, finishing tied fifth in the 2014 Zurich Classic of New Orleans and tied 11th in 2016.
He said: "You know, this course is hard. It gives you plenty of room, but you've still got to hit some good shots."
Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith took the title last year when beating Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown in a play-off. Both those pairs reunite for another crack.
Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson are one of the star duos on show, while Jordan Spieth teams up with fellow Texan Ryan Palmer.
Patrick Reed also tees it up for the first time since winning the Masters. He bids for another trophy alongside Patrick Cantlay, while Justin Thomas forms another strong all-American partnership with Bud Cauley.
Hoffman and Watney are 1000/1 to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, with Rose/Stenson 4000/1, Cantlay/Reed 250/1 and Palmer/Spieth 80/1.
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