Rather than 18 holes of individual play for four days, golfers pair up to play two rounds of best-ball and two rounds of alternate shot. One player on a team tees off, and the other plays the next shot from where the first ends up. A field of 80 teams plays the first two rounds, with 33 teams making the cut to play on the weekend.
“You’ll see a lot of low scores during the best-ball rounds, the first and third,” said Andrew Catalon, who will be the host in the 18th tower for this weekend’s action on CBS. “It’s a little bit more difficult to make birdies during alternate shot, because it’s harder for the players to get into a good flow as they would playing their own ball in the best-ball format. So I think it really puts an importance on going low in the first and third rounds, when you’re playing your own ball and you’re putting your best score on the card.”
The field features many of the game’s best paired up in interesting combinations.