Tom Hoge and Harris English to pair for 2023 Zurich Classic
They played collegiately at University of Georgia and TCU, finalists in national football championship this year.
NEW ORLEANS — Tom Hoge, who played collegiately at TCU, will team with Harris English, who played for University of Georgia, in the 2023 Zurich Classic, announced Steve Worthy, CEO of the Fore!Kids Foundation, producer of the tournament.
“We welcome Tom and Harris back to our tournament this year as a new partnership” said Worthy. “Both have won titles on the PGA Tour, and both have had team success, so they should be a formidable pairing,” Worthy added.
Hoge, ranked 27th in the world, is enjoying an outstanding season. He has posted seven top 25 finishes in 15 events. His best finishes this year have been a tie for third at both The Players Championship and Sentry Tournament of Champions. He has also posted two other top-10 finishes this season.
At The Players Championship, he carded a third-round 62, the lowest single round score in tournament history.
He won last year’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for his first victory on the PGA Tour on his way to his most successful season in his career capped with a 10th in the Tour Championship. He has a team win in the unofficial QBE Shootout playing with Sahith Theegala.
He won the Par-3 contest at the Masters this year, traditionally dooming his chances of winning the main event.
He tied for tenth in the 2018 Zurich Classic, teamed with J.J. Henry.
Harris English has won four times in his career on the PGA Tour. His best year was 2020-21 when he took two titles, at the Travelers Championship and the Sentry Tournament of Champions, both in playoffs. That season he posted 12 top-25 finishes in 26 events to go with his two victories.
His best finish this year was a tie for second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which was his fourth career runner-up.
In his career, he posted a fourth and a third at the U.S. Open in consecutive years 2020-2021. His top finish at the Zurich Classic was sixth in 2013.
His team success includes three wins in the unofficial QBE Shootout, playing with Matt Kuchar.
English was a captain’s pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 2021 that won the biennial event 19-9, the largest margin of victory since 1967. He also played on the 2011 Walker Cup team that represented the U.S. in the amateur team competition against Great Britain and Ireland.
The 2023 Zurich Classic field includes four of the top 10 players in the world to lead another strong field:
· Defending champions Patrick Cantlay, ranked fourth in the world, and Xander Schauffele, ranked sixth have entered.
· They join last year’s runner-up team of Billy Horschel, ranked 26th with Sam Burns, who vaulted to 10th in the world after winning the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play Championship.
· Collin Morikawa, ranked 11th in the world has entered to play with Max Homa, ranked seventh.
· 2022 U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick, ranked 16th in the world, will team with his brother Alex.
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.
In 2022, the Fore!Kids Foundation generated an all-time record $2.7 million in charitable giving for children’s charities in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge metro areas. Charitable contributions have been rising in recent years:
· Over $2.7 Million to charities in 2022
· Over $10 Million to charities in last five years
· Over $45 Million to charities since inception
More information at http://www.forekidsfoundation.com.
About the Zurich Classic of New Orleans:
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.
The Best of the Zurich Classic pass will return in 2023, along with the excitement of close-up action at the Stadium Club by Walk-On’s overlooking the 17th hole.
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 17-23, 2023, at TPC Louisiana in Avondale. Purse for 2023 totals a record $8.6 million, with each member of the winning team earning $1,242,700.
All tickets to the 2023 Zurich Classic will be mobile entry only. Day-specific grounds tickets are only $40. In addition, the Best of the Zurich Class Pass offers a variety of dishes from some of New Orleans most famous restaurants at three locations across the TPC course starting at $175 per day, and the Stadium Club by Walk-On’s will offer close-up viewing at the 17th hole. Additional ticket options are available by calling the Tournament Office at 504-342-3000 or online at www.zurichgolfclassic.com.
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