Zurich Golf Classic
April 21-April 27, 2014
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 21-27.
This year’s field is shaping up as one of the most stellar lineups in recent years, as some of today’s top golfers have signed on to participate. Topping the list is 2013 Zurich trophy winner, Billy Horschel who shot a 268 for the 72 holes, posting the Zurich Classic’s lowest score in ten years. His 8-under-par 64 in the final round tied a course record and gave him his one-stroke victory.
Horschel will be seeking to become the tournament’s first repeat winner since Paraguay’s Carlos Franco won consecutively in 1999 and 2000.
Also announced for 2014 is World Golf Hall of Fame member and four-time major tournament winner Ernie Els, who was the runner up in the 2012 Zurich Classic. The 44 year old South African has won the U.S. and British Opens twice each, and has earned 15 other PGA Tour victories and 47 international championships in one of the most illustrious careers in the history of modern professional golf.
Defending U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, currently ranked seventh in the world, will also be participating in this year’s Zurich Classic. Rose has won five PGA Tour events and six international tournaments, including the British, Australian and Volvo Masters.
Patrick Reed who, at 23, became the youngest golfer ever to win a World Golf Championship last month at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, heads the largest group of players with Louisiana ties ever to compete in the Zurich Classic. He will join former Zurich Classic and PGA champion David Toms, former NCAA champion and LSU All-American John Peterson, LSU All-American Andrew Loupe and former Tulane golfer Michael Thompson on the TPC course this year. Toms won the tournament in 2001 when it was known as the Compaq Classic.
This year’s purse totals $6.8 million and the winner’s share is $1,224,000. The winner is also awarded 500 FedEx Cup points on the PGA leaderboard. The tournament will be aired in 116 countries on CBS and The Golf Channel.
The Zurich Classic began life as the New Orleans Open in 1938 on the golf course in City Park. Since that time the tourney 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 2014. The Classic is the 11th oldest stop on the PGA tour.
Over its long history, the tournament has attracted such golfing greats as Jack Nicklaus, Billy Casper, Byron Nelson, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Miller Barber, Greg Norman, Ben Crenshaw, Chip Beck, Vijay Singh, Nick Watney, Phil Mickelson and the list goes on.
The Tournament Players Club 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 21 and the second on Wednesday, April 23. 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).
Pricing and other information about the Pro-Am’s is available online.
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.
Click here for ticket information or call the main phone number (504) 342-3000.
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.
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Click here for the tournament schedule.
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.
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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. Click here for more information about donating at varying levels.