Zurich Classic of New Orleans

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Zurich Classic of New Orleans
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Tournament information
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
Established 1938,[1] 79 years ago
Course(s) TPC of Louisiana
Par 72
Length 7,425 yards (6,789 m)[2]
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $7.1 million
Month played April
Tournament record score
Aggregate 262 Chip Beck (1988)
To par −26 Chip Beck (1988)
Current champion
Sweden Jonas Blixt &
Australia Cameron Smith
New Orleans is located in the US
New Orleans
New Orleans
Location in the United States
New Orleans is located in Louisiana
New Orleans
New Orleans
Location in Louisiana

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans is a professional golf tournament in Louisiana on the PGA Tour, played in the New Orleans area. Dating back 79 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]

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 will be 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]

Courses[edit]

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 & Country Club in 1989 for sixteen editions.

TPC of 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. It returned to the TPC in 2007, its current home.

Course layout[edit]

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]

Winners[edit]

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

Main sources[24][25]
^ Weather-shortened to 54 holes
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records

Multiple winners[edit]

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

2 wins

Highlights[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zurich Classic – Our history Archived September 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  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. ^ "Petrovic delivers, wins Zurich Classic". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. May 2, 2005. p. C2. 
  9. ^ "Smooth putting aids Crenshaw". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. March 23, 1987. p. 2B. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ "Rudolph wins tourney title". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. March 3, 1964. p. 3B. 
  12. ^ "Bob Hamilton Golf Victor". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Associated Press. February 23, 1948. p. 16. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Nelson First In N.O. Tourney". The Lewiston Daily Sun. Lewiston, Maine. Associated Press. February 18, 1946. p. 8. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  14. ^ "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. 
  15. ^ "McSpaden Falters To Finish In Tie With Byron Nelson". Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa, Canada. Associated Press. February 13, 1945. p. 8. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Nelson Wins Tourney With Sensational 65". The Montreal Gazette. Montreal, Canada. Associated Press. February 14, 1945. p. 16. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  17. ^ "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. 
  18. ^ "Mangrum New Orleans Golf Winner". The Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. Associated Press. February 21, 1942. p. 9. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Picard Wins Open With Record 276". St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg, Florida. United Press. February 17, 1941. p. 13. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  20. ^ "TexasPro Fattens Purse". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Spartanburg, South Carolina. Associated Press. February 27, 1940. p. 7. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Week-End Sport Results In Brief". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Sarasota, Florida. Associated Press. February 20, 1939. p. 6. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Henry Picard Wins His Second Tourney". The Norwalk Hour. Norwalk, Connecticut. Associated Press. February 27, 1939. p. 9. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Cooper Clips Par For Open Victory". The Evening Independent. St. Petersburg, Florida. Associated Press. February 22, 1938. p. 5A. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  24. ^ Zurich Classic of New Orleans – Winners - at pgatour.com
  25. ^ Zurich Classic of New Orleans – Past Winners & Highlights Archived April 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  26. ^ Beard Takes New Orleans
  27. ^ Tampering charged; Golfer suspended
  28. ^ Keeping A Close Eye On The Ball
  29. ^ Casper Wins New Orleans Tournament
  30. ^ Hinkle wins in New Orleans Player's streak ends
  31. ^ O'Grady fined and suspended by US Tour
  32. ^ Norman felled by Frost's bunker shot
  33. ^ GOLF; Late Berth In Masters to Davis Love
  34. ^ Paraguay's Franco gets first tour victory in New Orleans
  35. ^ Choi wins Compaq Classic by four strokes
  36. ^ Singh rallies for second straight title

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 29°54′07″N 90°11′24″W / 29.902°N 90.190°W / 29.902; -90.190