Fowler-Day, Rose-Stenson to pair up at Zurich Classic

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Rickie Fowler and Jason Day will combine at the Zurich Classic next year after the event changed to a team format.

The tournament created quite a stir by announcing a change in format to a team event featuring 80 pairings, with the top 80 qualified players allowed to pick their partners.

Four players have already decided who they will team with. 

Fowler will partner with Day as two of the top names usually associated with the event.

They will compete against the formidable Ryder Cup duo of Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, who also won gold and silver medals respectively at the Olympics.

"I've loved being a part of team events throughout my amateur, collegiate and now professional career," Fowler said in a statement.

"I'm so excited that the Tour and Zurich are making this part of our schedule and can't wait to tee it up with Jason in April."

Rose, who won the event in 2015, agreed with Fowler that the team format could be good for the game.

"As a longtime ambassador, the Zurich Classic is already a special tournament for me," Rose said. "The addition of a team format adds a new, incredibly exciting element to the event.

"Henrik and I are very excited to tee it up together in April, and hopefully we can continue our longstanding chemistry and success in team formats."