Jason Day, who spent 51 weeks at the top of the world golf rankings, will team with another Jason from Australia, Jason Scrivener, in the 2022 Zurich Classic, announced Steve Worthy, CEO of the Fore!Kids Foundation, producer of the tournament.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jason Day back to the Zurich Classic this year,” said Worthy. “He has been a very popular player in New Orleans and has had strong finishes here in the past. He’s bringing a fellow Australian who plays on the DP World Tour to partner with him,” added Worthy.
Day has won 12 times on the PGA Tour, including a record-setting victory at the PGA Championship in 2015 with a score of 20-under. He has enjoyed a series of success in major tournaments with four top-10 finishes in the Masters, five top-10s in the U.S. Open and six top-10s in the PGA.
In addition, he won The Players Championship in 2016 and won the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play twice.
Beset by a balky back the last few years, he is still a force on the course, as evidenced by a tie for third in the Farmers Insurance Open this year.
His best finishes at the Zurich Classic were a fourth in 2015 and a fifth in 2016, the year before the tournament adopted the current team format. He last played the Zurich Classic in 2019 paired with fellow Australian Adam Scott.
In 2015-16, Day spent a total of 51 weeks ranked as the number one player in the world. When he played the Zurich Classic in 2016, he became the first world’s top-ranked player top compete in the tournament since David Duval in 1999.
In 300 career starts on the PGA Tour, he has finished in the top 25 a total of 151 times.
He played on the International Presidents Cup team four times and represented Australia to win the World Cup in 2013. He qualified for the Presidents Cup team in 2019 but was forced to withdraw because of a back injury.
The other Australian Jason, Scrivener, will celebrate his 33rd birthday Monday at the Zurich Classic. He rarely plays in the U.S. but tied for 23rd in last year’s PGA Championship. Born in South Africa, he moved to Perth, Australia when he was ten years old.
He enjoyed a successful amateur career, winning the Australian Junior Championship in 2007, which Day also won as an amateur. Scrivener turned professional in 2010 and played on the Australian Tour at the beginning of his career. He moved to the DP World Tour (formerly the European Tour) full time in 2015.
He enjoyed his most successful season as a professional last year, finishing 21st on the DP World Tour on the strength of a second place in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
The 2022 Zurich Classic field is shaping up to be one of the strongest ever. The field now includes 10 of the top 15 players in the world.
- Master champion and number-one ranked Scottie Scheffler will pair with fellow Texan and former Zurich Classic champion Ryan Palmer.
- Collin Morikawa, now ranked second in the world, will team with Viktor Hovland, ranked fourth, to form the highest ranked pair in the history of the team format at the Zurich Classic.
- Cameron Smith, who won The Players Championship and is now 5th in the world, will team again with fellow Australian Marc Leishman to defend the title they won last year at the Zurich Classic. Smith is the only two-time team winner of the Zurich Classic.
- Patrick Cantlay, the 2021 FedExCup winner ranked sixth in the world, will pair with 2020 Olympic gold medal winner Xander Schauffele, ranked 11th.
- Sam Burns, whose repeat victory in the Valspar Classic moved him up to 10th in the world rankings, will play again in the Zurich Classic with Billy Horschel, who is vying to become the first three-time winner in the tournament’s history and himself is ranked 13th in the world.
- Louis Ooisthuizen, ranked 14th, will team with Charl Schwartzl. They lost last year’s Zurich Classic in a playoff.
- Chilean Joachin Niemann, ranked 15th, will pair with countryman and fellow Olympian Mito Pereira.
In 2021, after cancellation of the 2020 tournament, the Fore!Kids Foundation generated an all-time record $2.3 million in charitable giving for children’s charities in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge metro areas.
Because of its popularity, the Best of the Zurich Classic pass will return in 2022, along with expanded suite options at the 17th and 18th holes. A new Walk-On’s Stadium Club venue will also be introduced.
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 distributed more than $42 million since inception, providing healthcare, education and hope for over 200,000 children each year. More information at http://www.forekidsfoundation.com.