Golf’s PGA Tour has announced that financial services company Zurich Insurance has extended its title sponsorship of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans tournament until 2026.
The seven-year extension was announced at the TPC Louisiana course on Sunday as this year’s edition of the team event reached its conclusion.
Zurich first became title sponsor of the tournament in 2005 and its current contract was due to expire after the 2019 edition. The company partnered with the event just months before Hurricane Katrina devastated the region, and it has since taken part in a range of community events led by the Fore!Kids Foundation charity.
Last year, the Zurich Classic became the PGA Tour’s only official team event. It features 80 teams of two, comprising one member from the tour priority rankings who is paired with either a PGA Tour member or a player who earns entry through a sponsor exemption.
This year’s tournament was won by the US pairing of Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy, who held off Jason Dufner and Pat Perez by a single shot.
“I can’t say enough about the dedicated support Zurich has provided to the Fore!Kids Foundation and the New Orleans area from the outset of sponsoring the Zurich Classic of New Orleans,” said PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan. “It really has been an ideal association from the outset, when Zurich became so entrenched in the recovery process following Hurricane Katrina. That bond has continued to grow over the ensuing years and, I’m excited to say, will continue to do so for many more to come.”
“New Orleans has a resilient past with a bright future, and we’re proud to extend our sponsorship of the Zurich Classic, continuing our teamwork with charitable organisations,” added Zurich North America chief executive Kathleen Savio. “The Zurich Classic is a wonderful opportunity to work side by side on and off the course to create opportunities, overcome challenges and win.”