The Zurich Classic has adopted an interestingtwo-man competition this year with foursomes and four-ball rounds, and it received an added boost Friday.
Jordan Spieth became theseventh ofthe top 10 players in the world to commit to the event when he chose Ryan Palmer as his partner.
The Ryder Cup-style format has been adopted for the first time in a PGA Tour eventsince 1981. The Zurich Classic usually struggles to get top players in its field, but the new format has helped entice top players.
The Zurich field will have 80 teams, which will then be cut to the low 35 teams after 36 holes. The event will have official prize money but not world-ranking points.
Other teams, which will feature in two weeks, include:Day-Fowler; Stenson-Rose; Thomas-Bud Cauley; Bubba Watson-J.B. Holmes; Hideki Matsuyama-Hideto Tanihara; Patrick Reed-Patrick Cantlay; Daniel Berger-Thomas Pieters.