The Zurich Classic has landed one of the biggest names in golf for the April event (2024)

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans picked up a huge commitment Monday when Fore!Kids Foundation CEO Steve Worthy announced world No. 2 Rory McIlroy will participate in the event for the first time next month.

McIlroy will make his debut in the Crescent City in a pairing with fellow Irishman Shane Lowry, who has played in the Zurich Classic four times previously, at TPC Louisiana in Avondale.

The only two-man team tournament on the PGA Tour will be played April 25-28. The event, which this year carries a tournament-record $8.9 million purse, features a best-ball format for the first and third rounds and alternate shot in the second and fourth rounds.

The winner of four major titles, McIlroy has won 24 times on the PGA Tour since turning pro at the age of 17. He'll celebrate his 35th birthday the week after the Zurich Classic.

A longtime fan favorite, McIlroy's been in the Top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the past 128 weeks — dating to the end of 2021— and has been No. 2 for 37 consecutive weeks since last summer.

McIlroy previously was atop the world rankings for 95 consecutive weeks starting in 2015. Scottie Scheffler is currently the No. 1 player in the OWGR.

Lowry is also a major winner, having claimed The Open Championship in 2019 in his native country, and is a veteran of the European Ryder Cup team.

“Both of these players have competed for Europe in Ryder Cup competition, so they are very accustomed to team play,” Worthy said. “It’s always fun to see close friends partner in our unique format, and with their experience they will be both fan and on-course favorites."

McIlroy joined the PGA Tour in 2010 and has made the cut in 213 of 243 tournaments. In addition to his 24 wins on the PGA Tour, he's won 17 times on the DP World Tour.

He's claimed The Open Championship twice and the U.S. Open and PGA Championship once each. McIlroy has also won The Players Championship to go with three FedExCup titles and two DP World Championships.

Before coming to New Orleans, McIlroy will be trying to win his first green jacket at the Masters. That would give him a career grand slam, a feat that only five other golf greats have accomplished.

McIlroy has finished in the top 10 at Augusta seven times in the past 10 years.

The three-time PGA Tour player of the year and three-time DP World Tour player of the year has played on every Ryder Cup team since 2010 and has an overall record of 16-13-4 after going 4-1 last fall in Rome.

Lowry claimed The Open Championship in 2019 when he won by six shots over Tommy Fleetwood. He's won five other titles —four on the DP World Tour and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2015.

In addition to his title in The Open Championship, Lowry has tied for third at the Masters and has three top-10s in the PGA Championship as well as a tie for second in the 2016 U.S. Open.

In his most recent visit to New Orleans in 2022, Lowry teamed up with Ian Poulter and the duo finished 13th.

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The Zurich Classic has landed one of the biggest names in golf for the April event (2024)


What did the Zurich classic used to be called? ›

In 1963, the Greater New Orleans Invitational (as it was originally called) moved to Lakewood Country Club. By 1975, the Classic had its first corporate sponsor – the First National Bank of Commerce (FNBC).

Is Rory McIlroy playing in the Zurich Classic? ›

Eighty teams will compete in the PGA Tour's only official team event, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. World No. 2 Rory McIlroy and fellow Irishman Shane Lowry will headline the field at TPC Louisiana. Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay are together again, as are Wyndham Clark and Beau Hossler.

What kind of tournament is the Zurich Classic? ›

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans is a professional golf tournament in Louisiana on the PGA Tour, currently held at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, a suburb southwest of New Orleans. Beginning 86 years ago in 1938 and held annually since 1958, it is commonly played in early to mid-spring.

How much are tickets to the Zurich Classic? ›

2024 Zurich Classic Tickets and Schedule Information

You can find Zurich Classic tickets for as low as $32, with an average price of $75.

Why is it called the Zurich Classic? ›

The Zurich Classic

Since 2005, when Zurich became title sponsor of the PGA TOUR event, Zurich has stood by the city and its people, from the depths of Hurricane Katrina through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Zurich Classic was the first major sporting event to return to the city after Katrina in 2006.

Does Zurich Classic count as a win? ›

WITH A WIN: The Zurich Classic of New Orleans awards FedExCup points and official money, and will count as an official victory for the members of the winning team.

Who is Rory wife? ›

Who is Rory married to? ›

Why is Rory McIlroy not playing in Hawaii? ›

I'm not a huge Hawaii guy, so I'll probably not go to Hawaii." His decision to skip the Sentry also means his playing season will begin on the DP World Tour as he has entered the Dubai Invitational.

Who is favorite to win Zurich Classic? ›

Defending champions Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele are the 4-1 favorites in the latest Zurich Classic odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Which 2023 Zurich Classic prop bets should you target?

Is the Zurich Classic a scramble? ›

The Zurich Classic tries to adopt several aspects of team golf as the field is comprised of 80 teams of two that will compete in rounds featuring two different formats. The first and third rounds will be four-ball rounds while the second and fourth rounds will be alternate shot, also known as foursomes.

Do players pick teams at Zurich Classic? ›

The 160-man field is split into 80 two-man teams, with the top 80 available in the PGA Tour rankings getting to pick their playing partner and all involved having to either hold PGA Tour playing status or get chosen as a sponsor's exemption.

Who is playing in Zurich Classic 2024? ›

Eighty teams will compete in the PGA Tour's only official team event, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. World No. 2 Rory McIlroy and fellow Irishman Shane Lowry will headline the field at TPC Louisiana. Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay are together again, as are Wyndham Clark and Beau Hossler.

What city is the Zurich Classic in? ›

About Zurich Classic

This annual leg of the PGA Tour is played in mid-spring, just 25 minutes outside of New Orleans in Avondale, LA at TPC of Louisiana. Sponsored by Zurich Insurance Group and organized by the Fore!

How many days is the Zurich Classic? ›

April 22-28, 2024

It is held every year during the last week of April, Zurich and the PGA TOUR announced an exciting new two-man team format for the Zurich Classic in 2016.

What does TPC stand for? ›

Tournament Players Club (TPC) is a chain of public and private golf courses operated by the PGA Tour.

Why is it called English Turn in New Orleans? ›

A Piece of New Orleans History

English Turn is named for one of the least likely things to happen in North America. When a 19-year-old with a Native guide bluffed an experienced English Captain, it undeniably turned the tide of history.

Is the Zurich Classic alternate shot? ›

Foursomes sees each team use one ball, with one player hitting tee shots on all the odd-numbered holes and the other on the even-numbered ones. The players then hit alternate shots, with the total strokes taken resulting in the team's score for that hole.

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