Els using Zurich as Presidents Cup trial

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AVONDALE, La. (AP) As captain of the 2019 Presidents Cup's international squad, South Africa's Ernie Els decided to see if the PGA Tour's only team tournament could serve as a useful prep event.

So while Els has played at the Zurich Classic many times before, this latest trip to the cypress swamps southwest of New Orleans is different.

There's more at stake for Els than winning a share of $7.3 million purse. There's also a chance to see how the golf games of certain tandems - such as Australia's Jason Day and Adam Scott - might complement one another when the biennial Presidents Cup tees off in Melbourne, Australia, in December.