Top 10 ranked Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay will partner at Zurich Classic of New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS — Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay, both ranked in the top 10 in the world, will enter as a team in this year’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, announced Steve Worthy, CEO of the Fore!Kids Foundation, producer of the tournament.
“These are two of the biggest names among the newest generation of stars on the PGA Tour,” said Worthy. “Both are from California, and both have had great success in their early careers, ” Worthy added.
Schauffele has won four times in fewer than five years of playing the PGA Tour full time. He won the TOUR Championship his rookie year in 2017 and has since finished no worse than a tie for 7th in the season-ending tournament. He was the first rookie in the FedExCup era to win the TOUR Championship.
So far this season he has finished 2nd three times and 5th twice. His fifth-place finish at the U.S. Open in September was the fourth time in four starts that he has tied for 6th or better in our national championship.
He last played the Zurich Classic in 2017 and finished tied for 11th playing with Tag Ridings.
Schauffele has teamed with Cantlay before. They both earned a spot on the 2019 Presidents Cup team and partnered to a 2-2 record in team play. Schauffele then won his singles match against Adam Scott of Australia.
He earned All-American honors playing for San Diego State University in 2014-15 and was 2014 California State Amateur champion.
Cantlay started on the Tour fulltime in 2017 after missing all of 2016 and nearly all of 2015 with lingering back issues. He earned his Tour card in 2017 when he made the cut in all 13 starts to fulfill his Major Medical Extension. He placed second in the Valspar in just his second start that season and tied for third two starts later at the RBC Heritage.
He went on to join Schauffele as the only two rookies to make the season-ending TOUR Championship and finished 20th in that tournament.
This season he won his third title at the Zozo Championship, took second at the American Express and tied for third at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. In just 11 starts this season, he has tallied four top-10 and eight top-25 finishes to rank third in FedExCup points.
His best finishes at the Zurich Classic were a tie for seventh in 2018 and a tie for 14th in 2017, both times teamed with Patrick Reed.
After teaming with Schauffele to a 2-2 record in the 2019 Presidents Cup pairs, he also won his singles match, defeating Joaquin Niemann 3 and 2.
As an amateur, he posted a second-round 60 to take the lead in the Travelers Championship. His 60 was the first score that low by an amateur in PGA Tour history.
His storied amateur career was highlighted by being named 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. He also won the Mark H. McCormack Medal in 2011 as the top-ranked amateur in the world.
He earned a spot on the U.S. Walker Cup team in 2011 and went 2-1-1 in his four matches. He played for UCLA, where he earned All-America honors as a freshman and was named PAC-10 Golfer of the Year. Prior to college, he won the 20120 California High School State Championship.
Schauffele and Cantlay join several other high profile teams previously announced to play the 2021 Zurich Classic including:
· Defending champion Jon Rahm, ranked 3rd in the world, with Ryan Palmer, ranked 26th.
· Collin Morikawa, ranked 4th in the world, with Matthew Wolff, ranked 23rd.
· Billy Horschel, ranked 17th in the world, with former LSU All-American Sam Burns.
· Tony Finau, ranked 13th in the world with two-time winner Cameron Champ.
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.
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