Collin Morikawa, who became only the second player to win a major and a WGC title before the age of 25, will team with fellow golf prodigy Matthew Wolff in their debut at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, announced Steve Worthy, CEO of the Fore!Kids Foundation, producer of the tournament.
“These two players are some of the brightest stars among the newest generation on the PGA Tour,” said Worthy. “Both won tournament titles in their first year on Tour, and both have electrified fans since they turned pro,” Worthy added.
Morikawa won the 2020 PGA Championship in August after the PGA Tour resumed play last summer. Then he went on to win the World Golf Championships-Workday Championship in February, becoming only the second player to win both a major and a WGC title before turning 25. The other player to accomplish that feat was Tiger Woods.
He is currently ranked fourth in the world.
Morikawa won his first PGA Tour title as a Special Temporary Member in his eighth career start, which qualified him for the FedExCup Playoffs that year. Prior to that, he finished tied for second in only his fourth PGA Tour start at the 3M Open, where he played with eventual champion Matthew Wolff in the final round.
His first victory of the current season came at the Workday Charity Open in a playoff over Justin Thomas. He lost to Daniel Berger in a playoff at the Charles Schwab Challenge, the first event back from the suspension of the season.
He was a three-time first team All-American at University of California where he was named 2018 Golfweek Men’s National Player of the Year and earned Pac-12 Player of the Year honors in 2019. He also reached the number one position in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
He was named to the 2017 Walker Cup team, the 2017 and 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup squads and won the 2018 Eisenhower Trophy.
Wolff won the 3M Open in only his fourth start on the PGA Tour, becoming a winner at 20 years, two months old. He went on to be named the 2018-19 Rookie of the Year on the Tour.
The next season, he scored a solo second in the Rocket Mortgage Classic He later tied for fourth in the 2020 PGA Championship won by Morikawa.
This season he took sole second at the U.S. Open in September, after holding a two-stroke lead going into the fourth round. The next week, he tied for second after a playoff in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
He is currently ranked 23rd in the world.
He played two seasons for Oklahoma State where he was a two-time first-team All-American and two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection. He won the individual title at the 2019 NCAA Championships and the Fred Haskins Award as the nation’s most outstanding player as a sophomore.
The Zurich Classic is the only team tournament on the PGA TOUR season. Since launching the team format in 2017, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans has drawn some of the highest ranking fields for any regular-season tournament on the PGA TOUR.
About Fore!Kids Foundation:
Since 1958, the Fore!Kids Foundation has raised money to fund children’s service organizations through golf events like the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, The Holiday Auction Fore!Kids and several charitable golf tournaments. As a 501(c)(3) corporation, Fore!Kids has helped to raise more than $40 million to date for children’s charities in metro New Orleans and Baton Rouge. More information at http://www.forekidsfoundation.com.
Despite the cancellation of the 2020 tournament, Zurich Insurance donated funds to the Fore!Kids Foundation to make $1.5 million in contributions to area non-profits, the same amount as the year before.
About the Zurich Classic of New Orleans:
Televised in more than 224 countries and territories, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans generates a significant economic impact on the city of New Orleans and the entire state of Louisiana. Independent research has shown that the tournament generates spending of more than $40 million within the local economy and garners $33 million in positive national and international media exposure for both the city and state throughout the year beyond the four days of competition.
The tournament will be played April 19-25, 2021 at TPC Louisiana in Avondale. Purse for 2021 totals $7.4 million, with each member of the winning team earning $1,069,300.
Day-specific grounds tickets are only $35. In addition, the Best of the Zurich Class Pass offers a variety of dishes from some of New Orleans most famous restaurants at four locations across the TPC course. Additional ticket options are available by calling the Tournament Office at 504-342-3000 or online at www.zurichgolfclassic.com
The 2021 Zurich Classic will be played at the TPC Louisiana, April 19-25
10,000 fans per day allowed at this year’s Zurich Classic
Despite its cancellation, Zurich Classic of New Orleans to match last year’s charitable total of more than $1.5 million Few, if any, would dispute the unrelenting power of the heart of New Orleans.
Without regard to circumstance, its steady beat serves as a constant reminder of the Crescent City’s collective resilience and, ultimately, its resolve.
New Orleans is a place that can – and does – elevate spirits as it celebrates the good times. More importantly, though, it’s a place that picks up its own when times are challenging.
Nowhere is the essence of that vibe more prevalent than at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
By now, it’s news to none that the 2020 Zurich Classic of New Orleans was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What may be news to some is that net proceeds from each week’s PGA TOUR event translate to desperately-needed funds for the communities in which those events are contested.
To give that perspective, throughout the course of a single PGA TOUR season, upwards of $200 million is provided to individuals and organizations in need across its six Tours. A record $204.3 million was generated in 2019 alone, bringing the all-time total to more than $3 billion.
As a global leader in the insurance industry for nearly 150 years, Zurich has adhered to a simple philosophy – to ensure the best protection for people and the things they value. So, while there was no tournament last week at TPC Louisiana, true to its impassioned drive, Zurich has decided the show will go on.
In an unprecedented move, Zurich will provide full financial support of more than $1.5 million to the Fore!Kids Foundation. The total will match last year’s direct tournament donations.
“Because of this, the Fore!Kids Foundation is able to continue their support of the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation’s mission, which is crisis grants for hospitality workers,” said David Blitch, President and Co-Founder of the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation.
“These funds were going to be difficult to come by this year. Because of their donations, we will not only be able to help hundreds, but maybe thousands who have crisis during this difficult time. We can’t thank the Fore!Kids Foundation and Zurich enough for their donation.”
Since taking over as the title sponsor of the historic New Orleans event in 2005, Zurich has helped contribute more than $21 million to local charities.
The tournament’s primary charity, which has been the case for more than six decades, is the Fore!Kids Foundation. The foundation raises money to fund children’s service organizations through the game of golf. Each year, over 200 charities – totaling more than 200,000 children – are beneficiaries of the Fore!Kids Foundation.
“We’re happy to say the cancellation of this year’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans isn’t the end of the story,” said Kathleen Savio, CEO of Zurich North America. “We’re honored to work with the PGA TOUR and the Fore!Kids Foundation to continue the tradition of giving to nonprofits in New Orleans, so that they can continue to help people during a critical time of need.”
The more than $1.5 million gesture not only affirms Zurich’s desire to help those in need, but illustrates the company’s intention to remain a close part of the New Orleans community – through thick and thin.
Annual funds from the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to the Fore!Kids Foundation are remarkably far-reaching and go towards such efforts as tearing down and rebuilding homes, providing food to those in need and funding children’s service organizations.
Additional beneficiaries include, but are not limited to: Educare New Orleans at Columbia Parc; 2020 Community Impact Award winners Raphael Village and The Bright School; the St. Michael Special School; and Blessings in a Backpack.
Impressive as they are, though, lists and numbers tell only part of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans story.
The tangible results are seen on the faces of the city’s residents. They are revealed through the words of those who would likely have had nowhere to turn.
“Louisiana Hospitality Foundation changed my life,” said Lynn, a hospitality worker and beneficiary of Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. “I was a breast cancer survivor just drowning in a sea of exorbitant deductibles. They swept in in my time of need, and thanks to (the Zurich Classic of New Orleans), we can move forward and continue to help people like me in hospitality focus on our health and making people happy through our profession.”
“Zurich has been an amazing community partner in the city of New Orleans and a great supporter of Excite All Stars,” said Gerald Williams, Founder of Excite All Stars. “We could not do what we do without the support of Zurich. They stepped up in our city after Katrina, and now they’re stepping up again during COVID-19.”
Having helped over 2,200 families since its 2008 inception, Excite All Stars provides positive experiences and education to the children and teenagers of New Orleans in need of assistance.
“We are so grateful that they made a commitment to support youth organizations throughout this crisis,” Williams said. “That shows us they care.”
There was no Zurich Classic of New Orleans last week. It was quiet at TPC Louisiana.
But, really, given the size of its heart, the annual PGA TOUR event on New Orleans’ West Bank never went away. It played on.
And, now, that’s producing a beat stronger and louder than ever.
Fore!Kids Foundation and Zurich giving back to the community this Holiday Season
The 2021 Zurich Classic of New Orleans will be played at TPC Louisiana April 19-25