Double Pat: Masters champ Reed partners with Cantlay again in Zurich Classic
NEW ORLEANS – Reigning Masters champion Patrick Reed will team for the third time with Patrick Cantlay in the 2019 Zurich Classic, announced Steve Worthy, CEO of the Fore!Kids Foundation, producer of the tournament.
The pair finished tied for seventh in last year’s Zurich Classic after taking 14th in 2017, the first time the team format was played.
“Patrick Reed is famed for his intensity on the course, especially in international team play competition,” said Worthy. “The two Patricks will partner for the third time in a row in the Zurich Classic, and we expect their experience will make them a very competitive team again this year,” Worthy added.
Reed won the 2018 Masters by a single stroke to become the fourth consecutive first-time major championship winner at the Masters, following Sergio Garcia (2017), Danny Willett (2016) and Jordan Spieth (2015). He later took fourth in the 2018 U.S. Open.
In the 2016 Ryder Cup, he went head-to-head with Rory McIlroy in one of the most thrilling matches in Ryder Cup history, eventually making birdie on 18 for a 1-up victory. Reed’s overall record in his first two Ryder Cup events in 2014 and 2016 was 6-1-2. In 2018, he won his singles match but lost his two team matches to Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari, who went undefeated in Paris team play last year.
Reed won two Louisiana high school state championships at University High of Baton Rouge, then two NCAA championships at Augusta State when he went 6-0 in match play in his two years.
Currently ranked 17th in the world, Reed has won six times on the PGA TOUR, joining Spieth (21) and Rory McIlroy (23) in 2016 as the youngest winners with five TOUR titles in the last 10 years. His best finish this season was a tie for seventh at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. In eight starts this season, he has six top-25 finishes.
In his first year on the PGA TOUR, as a Monday qualifier, he made the cut and finished 24th in the 2012 Zurich Classic.
Cantlay, now ranked 19th in the world, missed all of 2016 due to injury. On a major medical extension in 2017, he regained his PGA TOUR card in only his second start back with a second place in the Valspar Championship. He went on to score his first victory on the PGA TOUR at the 2018 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
His best finishes this season include a second in the Shriners Hospital for Children Open and three other top tens.
He posted a storied amateur career highlighted by being named the winner of the Fred Haskins Award in 2011 as the nation’s top collegiate player as well as the Jack Nicklaus Award as the Division I Player of the Year—and that was as a freshman. He was also that year named an All-American at UCLA, PAC-10 Golfer of the Year and Freshman of the Year, winning the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the top-ranked amateur in the world.
He played on the 2011 Walker Cup team, when he went 2-1-1. Later that year he posted a round of 10-under-par 60 in the Traveler’s Championship, becoming the first amateur in the history of the PGA TOUR to score 60 or better. He played in five PGA TOUR events that year as an amateur, scoring a top 10 in the Canadian Open and three top-25 finishes.
The Zurich Classic is the only team tournament on the PGA TOUR season. Since launching the team format two years ago, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans has drawn some of the highest ranking fields for any regular-season tournament on the PGA TOUR. In 2018, the tournament field included six of the top ten players in the world; all four reigning major champions; the U.S. Ryder Cup captain and six members of the U.S. team along with the European Ryder Cup captain with four of his co-captains and six players on the victorious European team.
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 $36 million to date for children’s charities in metro New Orleans and Baton Rouge. More information at http://www.forekidsfoundation.com.
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 22-28, 2019 at TPC Louisiana in Avondale. Purse for 2019 totals $7.3 million, with each member of the winning team earning $1,051,200.
Single-day grounds tickets are only $35 and weekly passes are $85. Single day tickets for the two most popular hospitality venues on the PGA TOUR start at $85 for Acme Oyster House and $185 for The Champions Club. Kids 17 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult holding a grounds ticket. Other choices of suite and specialty venue options are available by calling the Tournament Office at 504-342-3000 or online at www.zurichgolfclassic.com.
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