80 2-man teams to play New Orleans

Bubba Watson reacts to his birdie putt attempt on the second hole during a practice round at the Masters golf tournament, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

AVONDALE, La. (AP) It has the feel of a guys' weekend out in New Orleans for Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth and a host of fellow PGA Tour stars at the new team event that the Zurich Classic has become.

Watson expects the revamped format in the Big Easy, which debuts Thursday, to be a treat for fans and players - and good for golf.

"For them to come up with this idea of showing the fun side of golf ... you're going to see a lot of smiles, a lot of laughing and a lot of enjoyment of the game," said Watson, who won the Zurich Classic in 2011, when it was a traditional, stroke-play event.

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