Zurich Classic of New Orleans
The Zurich Classic of New Orleans is a professional golf tournament in Louisiana on the PGA Tour, played in Avondale. Dating back 82 years ago to 1938 and held annually since 1958, it is commonly played in early to mid-spring. Zurich Insurance Group is the main sponsor, and it is organized by the Fore!Kids Foundation.
|Established||1938, 82 years ago|
|Length||7,425 yards (6,789 m)|
|Format||Team stroke play|
|Prize fund||$7.3 million|
|Aggregate||262 Chip Beck (1988)|
|To par||−26 Chip Beck (1988)|
| Ryan Palmer &|
In 2017, the Zurich Classic became a team event, with eighty teams of two. One member of each team is initially chosen via the Tour priority rankings, and his partner must be either a PGA Tour member or earn entry through a sponsor exemption. The stroke play format was alternate shot (foursome) in the first and third rounds and better ball (fourball) for the second and fourth rounds. The cut line is 35 teams, plus ties. The winners earn 400 FedEx Cup points and two-year exemptions, but will not receive Masters invitations and no world ranking points are awarded for the event. In 2018, the format switched to fourball for the first and third rounds and alternate shot for the second and fourth rounds.
Tournament names/corporate sponsorsEdit
- Crescent City Open (1938)
- New Orleans Open (1939–1948)
- Greater New Orleans Open Invitational (1958–1971)
- Greater New Orleans Invitational (1972–1974)
- First NBC New Orleans Open (1975–1979)
- Greater New Orleans Open (1980)
- USF&G New Orleans Open (1981)
- USF&G Classic (1982–1991)
- Freeport-McMoRan Golf Classic (1992–1993)
- Freeport-McMoRan Classic (1994–1995)
- Freeport-McDermott Classic (1996–1998)
- Compaq Classic of New Orleans (1999–2002)
- HP Classic of New Orleans (2003–2004)
- Zurich Classic of New Orleans (2005–present)
From the event's inception through 2004, it was played at a series of courses in New Orleans, starting at the City Park Golf Courses, where it was played through 1962. From 1963 through 1988, the event had a lengthy relationship with Lakewood Country Club before shifting to English Turn Golf and Country Club in 1989 for sixteen editions through 2004.
TPC Louisiana in Avondale became the host in 2005, but damage to the course by Hurricane Katrina that August forced the event back to English Turn for a year in 2006. It returned to the TPC in 2007, its current home.
TPC Louisiana in 2016
- Team event (2017– )
|Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Team event)|
|2019||Ryan Palmer &
| United States
|262||−26||3 strokes|| Tommy Fleetwood &
|2018||Billy Horschel (2) &
| United States
|266||−22||1 stroke|| Jason Dufner &
|2017||Jonas Blixt &
|261||−27||Playoff|| Scott Brown &
- Individual event (1938–2016)
There is yet to be a three-time winner at New Orleans, but ten have won twice; the last was Carlos Franco twenty years ago in 2000. Four won in consecutive years: Byron Nelson, Bo Wininger, Tom Watson, and Franco.
- 1966: Frank Beard wins his first New Orleans title by two shots over Gardner Dickinson. The win by Beard came two years after his being diagnosed with and almost dying of encephalitis shortly after playing in the 1964 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational.
- 1972: PGA Tour rookie Rogelio Gonzales was disqualified after it was learned he had changed his scorecard earlier in the tournament. In addition to his disqualification, the PGA Tour lifted Gonzales playing privileges.
- 1975: Billy Casper wins for the 51st and ultimately last time on the PGA Tour. He beats Peter Oosterhuis by two shots.
- 1978: Lon Hinkle earns his first ever PGA Tour title by birdieing the 72nd hole to beat Fuzzy Zoeller and Gibby Gilbert by one shot. The win by Hinkle ends Gary Player's consecutive tournament winning streak at three.
- 1984: Mac O'Grady gets into an altercation with a female tournament volunteer. He is later fined and suspended by Tour Commissioner Deane Beman for conduct unbecoming a professional golfer.
- 1990: David Frost beats Greg Norman by one shot after holing out from a sand trap on the 72nd hole.
- 1995: In need of a win to qualify for The Masters, Davis Love III defeats Mike Heinen in a sudden death playoff.
- 1999: Carlos Franco becomes the first South American to win on the PGA Tour since Roberto De Vicenzo at the 1968 Houston Champions International. Franco wins by two shots over Steve Flesch and Harrison Frazar.
- 2002: K. J. Choi becomes the first Korean born golfer to win on the PGA Tour. He beats Dudley Hart and Geoff Ogilvy by four shots.
- 2004: Vijay Singh shoots a final round 63 to beat Phil Mickelson and Joe Ogilvie by one shot.
- 2017: The event switched to a team format.
- Zurich Classic – Our history
- "Course Map". Zurich Classic. April 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
- About Fore!Kids Foundation
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- Everill, Ben (April 25, 2018). "Format change brings potential Sunday volatility at Zurich Classic". PGA Tour.
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- Zurich Classic of New Orleans – Winners - at pgatour.com
- Zurich Classic of New Orleans – Past Winners & Highlights Archived April 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- Beard Takes New Orleans
- Tampering charged; Golfer suspended
- Keeping A Close Eye On The Ball
- Casper Wins New Orleans Tournament
- Hinkle wins in New Orleans Player's streak ends
- O'Grady fined and suspended by US Tour
- Norman felled by Frost's bunker shot
- GOLF; Late Berth In Masters to Davis Love
- Paraguay's Franco gets first tour victory in New Orleans
- Choi wins Compaq Classic by four strokes
- Singh rallies for second straight title
- Official website
- Coverage on PGA Tour's official site
- TPC Louisiana – official site
- English Turn Golf & Country Club – former host (1989–2004, 2006)
- Lakewood Golf Club – former host (1963–1988)
- City Park Golf Courses – former host (1937–1962)