The PGA Tour is in the Big Easy this week for the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana. The defending champion is Justin Rose who currently sits at 55th on the FedEx Cup standings. Rose fired rounds of 69, 66, 65 and 66 to win the 2015 event.
Charley Hoffman heads into the Zurich coming off of his win at the Valero and will look to make it back to back. Other names to watch will be Rickie Fowler and Smylie Kaufman who played his collegiate golf at Louisiana State University.
Here are some facts about the tournament taken from zurichgolfclassic.com.
Purse: $7 million.
History: 59th event.
Professional golf has been around New Orleans since 1931 and an annual event since 1958. Over the years, big names in the golfing community have left their mark here, including Byron Nelson, Billy Casper, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson and Seve Ballesteros. Past winners included Ben Crenshaw, Davis Love III, Louisiana native David Toms, Vijay Singh, Nick Watney, Bubba Watson and most recently Seung-Yul Noh. Over the past few years, the Classic has attracted such golfers as Rickie Fowler, Graeme McDowell, Steve Stricker, Luke Donald, Camilo Villegas, Ben Crane, Nick Faldo, Payne Stewart, Greg Norman, Ernie Els, David Duval, Chris DiMarco and Phil Mickelson to name a few. The great relationship between golf and the city of New Orleans has blossomed through the years for various reasons, in addition to the personalities of the golfing world.
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Saturday – Sunday, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, ET
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Quotes from the Pros
KEEGAN BRADLEY: “Yeah, I mean, Zurich does an unbelievable job getting this course ready, the superintendent, staff here. I love the tournament, the atmosphere that Zurich puts on, the city of New Orleans. I feel really comfortable out on the golf course. Lot of shots that I like to hit.”
BILLY HORSCHEL: “You know, I’ve always been a fan of Pete Dye golf courses. I know a lot of guys criticize him and aren’t big fans of him, but it seems like wherever there’s been a Pete Dye golf course I’ve always seemed to play well…And this golf course is so great.”
PATRICK REED: “The course is a great course. I really enjoyed it. The layout is awesome. It’s one of those that fits my eye really well, and hopefully I can get the putter going and hopefully contend on Sunday.”