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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 80 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.[3]

Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Zurich Classic of New Orleans logo.png
Location Avondale, Louisiana
Established 1938,[1] 80 years ago
Course(s) TPC Louisiana
Par 72
Length 7,425 yards (6,789 m)[2]
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $7.2 million
Month played April
Aggregate 262 Chip Beck (1988)
To par −26 Chip Beck (1988)
United States Billy Horschel &
United States Scott Piercy
Avondale  is located in the US
Avondale
Avondale
Location in the United States
Avondale is located in Louisiana
Avondale
Avondale
Location in Louisiana

The purse was $7.0 million in 2016, with a winner's share of $1.26 million. First prize reached five figures in 1965,[4] six figures in 1988,[5] and passed the million dollar mark in 2006.[6]

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.[7] In 2018, the format switched to fourball for the first and third rounds and alternate shot for the second and fourth rounds.[8]

Contents

Tournament names/corporate sponsorsEdit

CoursesEdit

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.

Course layoutEdit

TPC Louisiana in 2016

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 399 548 221 482 438 476 561 372 207 3,704 390 575 492 403 216 490 355 215 585 3,721 7,425
Par 4 5 3 4 4 4 5 4 3 36 4 5 4 4 3 4 4 3 5 36 72

Source:[2]

WinnersEdit

Team event (2017– )
Year Players Country Score To par Margin
of Victory
Runners-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($) Ref
Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Team event)
2018 Billy Horschel (2) &
Scott Piercy
  United States
  United States
266 −22 1 stroke   Jason Dufner &
  Pat Perez
1,036,800
(each)
7,200,000
2017 Jonas Blixt &
Cameron Smith
  Sweden
  Australia
261 −27 Playoff   Scott Brown &
  Kevin Kisner
1,022,400
(each)
7,100,000
Individual event (1938–2016)
Year Player Country Score To Par Margin
of Victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($) Ref
Zurich Classic of New Orleans
2016 Brian Stuard   United States   201^ −15 Playoff   An Byeong-hun
  Jamie Lovemark
1,260,000 7,000,000
2015 Justin Rose   England 266 −22 1 stroke   Cameron Tringale 1,242,000 6,900,000
2014 Noh Seung-yul   South Korea 269 −19 2 strokes   Robert Streb
  Andrew Svoboda
1,224,000 6,800,000
2013 Billy Horschel   United States 268 −20 1 stroke   D. A. Points 1,188,000 6,600,000
2012 Jason Dufner   United States 269 −19 Playoff   Ernie Els 1,152,000 6,400,000
2011 Bubba Watson   United States 273 −15 Playoff   Webb Simpson 1,152,000 6,400,000
2010 Jason Bohn   United States 270 −18 2 strokes   Jeff Overton 1,152,000 6,400,000
2009 Jerry Kelly   United States 274 −14 1 stroke   Charles Howell III
  Rory Sabbatini
  Charlie Wi
1,134,000 6,300,000
2008 Andrés Romero   Argentina 275 −13 1 stroke   Peter Lonard 1,116,000 6,200,000
2007 Nick Watney   United States 273 −15 3 strokes   Ken Duke 1,098,000 6,100,000
2006 Chris Couch   United States 269 −19 1 stroke   Fred Funk
  Charles Howell III
1,080,000 6,000,000 [6]
2005 Tim Petrovic   United States 275 −13 Playoff   James Driscoll 990,000 5,500,000 [11]
HP Classic of New Orleans
2004 Vijay Singh   Fiji 266 −22 1 stroke   Phil Mickelson
  Joe Ogilvie
918,000 5,100,000
2003 Steve Flesch   United States 267 −21 Playoff   Bob Estes 900,000 5,000,000
Compaq Classic of New Orleans
2002 K. J. Choi   South Korea 271 −17 4 strokes   Dudley Hart
  Geoff Ogilvy
810,000 4,500,000
2001 David Toms   United States 266 −22 2 strokes   Phil Mickelson 720,000 4,000,000
2000 Carlos Franco (2)   Paraguay 270 −18 Playoff   Blaine McCallister 612,000 3,400,000
1999 Carlos Franco   Paraguay 269 −19 2 strokes   Steve Flesch
  Harrison Frazar
468,000 2,600,000
Freeport-McDermott Classic
1998 Lee Westwood   England 273 −15 3 strokes   Steve Flesch 306,000 1,700,000
1997 Brad Faxon   United States 272 −16 3 strokes   Bill Glasson
  Jesper Parnevik
270,000 1,500,000
1996 Scott McCarron   United States 275 −13 5 strokes   Tom Watson 216,000 1,200,000
Freeport-McMoRan Classic
1995 Davis Love III   United States 274 −14 Playoff   Mike Heinen 216,000 1,200,000
1994 Ben Crenshaw (2)   United States 273 −15 3 strokes   José María Olazábal 216,000 1,200,000
Freeport-McMoRan Golf Classic
1993 Mike Standly   United States 281 −7 1 stroke   Russ Cochran
  Payne Stewart
180,000 1,000,000
1992 Chip Beck (2)   United States 276 −12 1 stroke   Greg Norman
  Mike Standly
180,000 1,000,000
USF&G Classic
1991 Ian Woosnam   Wales 275 −13 Playoff   Jim Hallet 180,000 1,000,000
1990 David Frost   South Africa 276 −12 1 stroke   Greg Norman 180,000 1,000,000
1989 Tim Simpson   United States 274 −14 2 strokes   Greg Norman
  Hal Sutton
135,000 750,000
1988 Chip Beck   United States 262 −26 7 strokes   Lanny Wadkins 135,000 750,000 [5]
1987 Ben Crenshaw   United States 268 −20 3 strokes   Curtis Strange 90,000 500,000 [12]
1986 Calvin Peete   United States 269 −19 5 strokes   Pat McGowan 90,000 500,000
1985 Seve Ballesteros   Spain   205^ −11 2 strokes   Peter Jacobsen
  John Mahaffey
72,000 400,000
1984 Bob Eastwood   United States 272 −16 3 strokes   Larry Rinker 72,000 400,000
1983 Bill Rogers   United States 274 −14 3 strokes   David Edwards
  Jay Haas
  Vance Heafner
72,000 400,000
1982 Scott Hoch   United States   206^ −10 2 strokes   Bob Shearer
  Tom Watson
54,000 300,000
USF&G New Orleans Open
1981 Tom Watson (2)   United States 270 −18 2 strokes   Bruce Fleisher 63,000 350,000
Greater New Orleans Open
1980 Tom Watson   United States 273 −15 2 strokes   Lee Trevino 45,000 250,000
First NBC New Orleans Open
1979 Hubert Green   United States 273 −15 1 stroke   Frank Conner
  Bruce Lietzke
  Steve Melnyk
  Lee Trevino
45,000 250,000
1978 Lon Hinkle   United States 271 −17 1 stroke   Gibby Gilbert
  Fuzzy Zoeller
40,000 200,000
1977 Jim Simons   United States 273 −15 3 strokes   Stan Lee 35,000 175,000
1976 Larry Ziegler   United States 274 −14 1 stroke   Victor Regalado 35,000 175,000
1975 Billy Casper (2)   United States 271 −17 2 strokes   Peter Oosterhuis 30,000 150,000
Greater New Orleans Open
1974 Lee Trevino   United States 267 −21 8 strokes   Bobby Cole
  Ben Crenshaw
30,000 150,000
1973 Jack Nicklaus   United States 280 −8 Playoff   Miller Barber 25,000 125,000
1972 Gary Player   South Africa 279 −9 1 stroke   Dave Eichelberger
  Jack Nicklaus
25,000 125,000
Greater New Orleans Open Invitational
1971 Frank Beard (2)   United States 276 −12 1 stroke   Hubert Green 25,000 125,000
1970 Miller Barber   United States 278 −10 Playoff   Bob Charles
  Howie Johnson
25,000 125,000
1969 Larry Hinson   United States 275 −13 Playoff   Frank Beard 20,000 100,000 [13]:678
1968 George Archer   United States 271 −17 2 strokes   Bert Yancey 20,000 100,000 [13]:671
1967 George Knudson   Canada 277 −11 1 stroke   Jack Nicklaus 20,000 100,000 [13]:665
1966 Frank Beard   United States 276 −12 2 strokes   Gardner Dickinson 20,000 100,000 [13]:659
1965 Dick Mayer   United States 273 −15 1 stroke   Bruce Devlin
  Billy Martindale
20,000 100,000 [4][13]:652
1964 Mason Rudolph   United States 283 −5 1 stroke   Jack Nicklaus
  Chi-Chi Rodríguez
  Glenn Stuart
7,500 50,000 [13]:644–5
[14]
1963 Bo Wininger (2)   United States 279 −9 3 strokes   Tony Lema
  Bob Rosburg
6,400 40,000 [13]:638
1962 Bo Wininger   United States 281 −7 2 strokes   Bob Rosburg 4,300 30,000 [13]:631
1961 Doug Sanders   United States 272 −16 5 strokes   Gay Brewer
  Mac Main
4,300 30,000 [13]:624
1960 Dow Finsterwald   United States 270 −18 6 strokes   Al Besselink 3,500 25,000 [13]:618–9
1959 Bill Collins   United States 280 −8 3 strokes   Jack Burke, Jr.
  Tom Nieporte
2,800 20,000 [13]:611
1958 Billy Casper   United States 278 −10 Playoff   Ken Venturi 2,800 20,000 [13]:604
1949-57: No tournament
New Orleans Open
1948 Bob Hamilton   United States 280 −4 1 stroke   Roberto De Vicenzo
  Fred Haas
  Lawson Little
2,000 10,000 [15]
1947: No tournament
1946 Byron Nelson (2)   United States 277 −11 5 strokes   Ben Hogan 1,500 7,500 [16][17]
1945 Byron Nelson   United States 284 −4 Playoff   Jug McSpaden 1,300 5,000 [18][19]
1944 Sammy Byrd   United States 285 −3 5 strokes   Byron Nelson 1,000 5,000 [20]
1943: No tournament
1942 Lloyd Mangrum   United States 281 −7 1 stroke   Lawson Little
  Sam Snead
1,000 5,000 [21]
1941 Henry Picard (2)   United States 276 −12 2 strokes   Ben Hogan 1,200 5,000 [22]
1940 Jimmy Demaret   United States 286 −2 1 stroke   Ralph Guldahl
  Jug McSpaden
  Sam Snead
2,000 10,000 [23]
1939 Henry Picard   United States 284 −4 5 strokes   Dick Metz 2,000 10,000 [24][25]
Crescent City Open
1938 Harry Cooper   England 285 −3 4 strokes   Jug McSpaden 1,200 5,000 [26]

Main sources[27][28]
^ Weather-shortened to 54 holes
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records

Multiple winnersEdit

There is yet to be a three-time winner at New Orleans, but nine have won twice; the last was Carlos Franco eighteen years ago in 2000. Four won in consecutive years: Byron Nelson, Bo Wininger, Tom Watson, and Franco.

2 wins

HighlightsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Zurich Classic – Our history
  2. ^ a b "Course Map". Zurich Classic. April 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ About Fore!Kids Foundation
  4. ^ a b "Old Man Mayer wins golf on 30-yard chip shot". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. May 17, 1965. p. 10. 
  5. ^ a b "Beck collects it all but Hogan record". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 25, 1988. p. 2C. 
  6. ^ a b "Couch's 55-foot chip-in wins Zurich Classic". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. May 1, 2006. p. C5. 
  7. ^ Schupak, Adam (April 26, 2017). "Zurich Classic Turns to Team Play as a Jolt to PGA Tour Routine". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 28, 2017. 
  8. ^ Everill, Ben (April 25, 2018). "Format change brings potential Sunday volatility at Zurich Classic". PGA Tour. 
  9. ^ a b "A Brief History of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans". lgagolf.org. Retrieved 2018-03-13. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Our History – Zurich Classic of New Orleans". zurichgolfclassic.com. Retrieved 2018-03-13. 
  11. ^ "Petrovic delivers, wins Zurich Classic". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. May 2, 2005. p. C2. 
  12. ^ "Smooth putting aids Crenshaw". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. March 23, 1987. p. 2B. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Johnson, Sal; Seanor, Dave, eds. (2009). The USA Today Golfers Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60239-302-8. 
  14. ^ "Rudolph wins tourney title". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. March 3, 1964. p. 3B. 
  15. ^ "Bob Hamilton Golf Victor". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Associated Press. February 23, 1948. p. 16. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Nelson First In N.O. Tourney". The Lewiston Daily Sun. Lewiston, Maine. Associated Press. February 18, 1946. p. 8. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Byron Nelson Tops Hogan To Win New Orleans Open". Eugene Register-Guard. Eugene, Oregon. Associated Press. February 18, 1946. p. 5. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  18. ^ "McSpaden Falters To Finish In Tie With Byron Nelson". Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa, Canada. Associated Press. February 13, 1945. p. 8. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Nelson Wins Tourney With Sensational 65". The Montreal Gazette. Montreal, Canada. Associated Press. February 14, 1945. p. 16. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Byrd Tops Field To Win All War Bond Open Tourney". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Daytona Beach, Florida. Associated Press. February 29, 1944. p. 5. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Mangrum New Orleans Golf Winner". The Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. Associated Press. February 21, 1942. p. 9. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Picard Wins Open With Record 276". St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg, Florida. United Press. February 17, 1941. p. 13. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  23. ^ "TexasPro Fattens Purse". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Spartanburg, South Carolina. Associated Press. February 27, 1940. p. 7. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Week-End Sport Results In Brief". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Sarasota, Florida. Associated Press. February 20, 1939. p. 6. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Henry Picard Wins His Second Tourney". The Norwalk Hour. Norwalk, Connecticut. Associated Press. February 27, 1939. p. 9. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Cooper Clips Par For Open Victory". The Evening Independent. St. Petersburg, Florida. Associated Press. February 22, 1938. p. 5A. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  27. ^ Zurich Classic of New Orleans – Winners - at pgatour.com
  28. ^ Zurich Classic of New Orleans – Past Winners & Highlights Archived April 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  29. ^ Beard Takes New Orleans
  30. ^ Tampering charged; Golfer suspended
  31. ^ Keeping A Close Eye On The Ball
  32. ^ Casper Wins New Orleans Tournament
  33. ^ Hinkle wins in New Orleans Player's streak ends
  34. ^ O'Grady fined and suspended by US Tour
  35. ^ Norman felled by Frost's bunker shot
  36. ^ GOLF; Late Berth In Masters to Davis Love
  37. ^ Paraguay's Franco gets first tour victory in New Orleans
  38. ^ Choi wins Compaq Classic by four strokes
  39. ^ Singh rallies for second straight title

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