The team, the team, the team! It’s the mantra of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where the tournament’s identity as the lone regular-season team competition on the PGA Tour gives it a cache all its own.
Come Sunday at TPC Louisiana, the team of Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith proved the strongest. After starting the day one-stroke back of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, the Aussies grabbed the lead on the front nine, gave it back on the back nine and then made an improbable birdie on the 16th hole to eventually force a playoff. On the first extra hole, Leishman/Smith then par the par-5 18th to take the title, Leishman’s sixth tour win and Smith’s third.
The overall purse for this week is $7.4 million, and the prize money payout works similarly to other PGA Tour events. For the first-place team, you add the money an individual champion would make ($1.332 million) to the money the second-place finisher would receive ($806,600), then divide by two to get the amount that each player on the winning team receives ($1.069 million). Continue to do that throughout the field and that”s how much each team earns.
What’s interesting about this is that the distribution of money in the event skews more toward the top of the leader board than a regular individual event. Here’s how much money particular finishes would get you if it was an individual event with a $7.4 million purse versus how much a team finish gets you:
In other words, it pays EVEN MORE to finish strong at the Zurich Classic.
Here’s how much prize money every golfer who made the cut will earn this week at TPC Louisiana (all money is per player). Come back after the end of the tournament and we’ll update with individual names and specific dollar amounts for each player.
Win: Marc Leishman/Cameron Smith, -20, $1,069,300
P-2: Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel, -20, $436,600
3: Richy Werenski/Peter Uihlein, -19, $285,825
T-4: Keith Mitchell/Brandt Snedeker, -18, $209,666.66
T-4: Billy Horschel/Sam Burns, -18, $209,666.66
T-4: Keegan Bradley/Brendan Steele, -18, $209,666.66
7: Jon Rahm/Ryan Palmer, -17, $149,850
T-8: Danny Willett/Tyrrell Hatton, -16, $116,550
T-8: Thomas Pieters/Tom Lewis, -16, $116,550
T-8: Bubba Watson/Scottie Scheffler, -16, $116,550
T-11: Tyler Duncan/Adam Schenk, -15, $62,943.16
T-11: Brice Garnett/Scott Stallings, -15, $62,943.16
T-11: X/er Schauffele/Patrick Cantlay, -15, $62,943.16
T-11: Henrik Stenson/Justin Rose, -15, $62,943.16
T-11: Charley Hoffman/Nick Watney, -15, $62,943.16
T-11: Justin Suh/Doug Ghim, -15, $62,943.16
T-17: Wyndham Clark/Eric Van Rooyen, -14, $37,463
T-17: Cameron Champ/Tony Finau, -14, $37,462.50
T-17: Max Homa/Talor Gooch, -14, $37,462.50
T-17: Doc Redman/Sam Ryder, -14, $37,462.50
T-21: Jason Kokrak/Pat Perez, -13, $28,120
T-21: Alex Noren/Henrik Norl/er, -13, $28,120
T-23: Graeme McDowell/Matt Wallace, -12, $22,274
T-23: Kyoung-Hoon Lee/Kyle Stanley, -12, $22,274
T-25: Viktor Hovl//Kristoffer Ventura, -11, $18,463
T25: Rob Oppenheim/Grayson Murray, -11, $18,463
27: Brendon Todd/Chris Kirk, -10, $17,316
28: Brandon Hagy/Michael Kim, -9, $16,946
T-29: Sepp Straka/Josh Teater, -7, $16,502
T-29: Michael Gligic/Vince Whaley, -7, $16,502
31: Peter Malnati/Chris Baker, -6, $16,058
32: David Hearn/Zack Sucher, -5, $15,762
33: Cameron Percy/Greg Chalmers, -1, $15,466