Zurich Golf Classic
April 20-26, 2015
A major stop on the annual Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Championship Tournament Circuit, the Zurich Classic returns to the Tournament Players Club during the week of April 20-26.
Some of today’s top golfers will sign on to participate in the Zurich Classic. Over its long history, the tournament has attracted such golfing immortals as Jack Nicklaus, Billy Casper, Byron Nelson, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, David Toms, Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, Nick Watney, Phil Mickelson and the list goes on.
The 2014 trophy winner was 22-year-old Seung-Yul Noh from South Korea, who became the Classic’s youngest champ with a 269 score. Andrew Svoboda was the runner-up. It was the second straight year that a Zurich Classic Champion was crowned without having to compete in a playoff round.
This year’s purse totals have not yet been finalized. The winner will be awarded 500 FedEx Cup points on the PGA leaderboard. The tournament will be aired over The Golf Channel.
The Zurich Classic began as the New Orleans Open in 1938 on the golf course in City Park. Since that time the tournament has gone through numerous title sponsorships and three other venues before arriving at its present-day name and location. The Zurich Insurance Group has been the title sponsor since 2005 and is committed to that sponsorship through 2019. The Classic is the 11th oldest stop on the PGA tour.
The Tournament Players Club (TPC) is located in Avondale, LA, roughly 15 miles west of downtown New Orleans. The TPC, completed in the early 2000s, offers all of the amenities of a modern golf course, in addition to being maintained in absolute peak condition at all times.
This year’s Zurich Classic once again offers two Pro-Am opportunities for amateur golfers to get together and “swing with the pros” for 18 holes of fun and a memorable New Orleans-style experience. In addition to the golfing experience, participants will also get to enjoy a New Orleans-style meal with some of the city’s favorite local delicacies, which will be served right along the course.
The first Pro-Am is being held on Monday, April 20 and the second on Wednesday, April 22. The Monday event features foursomes (plus the pro) with a scheduled 11:00 a.m. “shotgun” start. The Wednesday Pro-Am teams will tee off in threesomes (plus the pro). The Wednesday Pro-Am will also feature on-the-course dishes such as Louisiana omelets with crab and crawfish, barbeque shrimp and grits, crawfish remoulade, seafood muffalettas, charbroiled oysters, lobster ravioli, Bananas Foster and more culinary delicacies.
Tickets and Spectator Info
Tickets for those wishing to view this year’s action are on sale now either by calling, visiting the tournament website or picking them up in person at the box office. Many different ticket packages are available, along with single ticket purchases.
Handicap viewing areas that are free and open to the public are located at Harrah's 19th Hole and a dedicated viewing area on the 18th green. For handicapped spectators wishing to enjoy the comforts of hospitality venues, the Champion's Club will be handicapped-accessible for ticketed patrons. For those requiring special handicap needs not addressed, please call the tournament office for accommodations.
The Zurich Classic offers a number of corporate hospitality packages at varying levels of amenities and prices. Suites offering comfortable seating, unlimited food and beverages, private restrooms, large-screen monitors, convenient parking options and other amenities are available to groups in the covered Cypress Suites along the edge of the course.
For general information about the Zurich Classic and to read updates on the tournament itself, visit the main website’s home page at www.zurichgolfclassic.com.
Proceeds from the Zurich Classic are donated to the Fore!Kids Foundation, a charitable organization that generates funds through the production of golf-related events to support activities and programs benefiting area youth. The Foundation also hosts an American Junior Golf Association event, a summer Junior Golf Program and the Golf Ball, a black-tie gala.
Since its founding in 1958 as a 501(c)(3) corporation, Fore!Kids has raised nearly $23 million to date, providing healthcare, education, and hope for over 200,000 children each year.