Why we truly love golf
Golf is a game of risk management and resilience. That resonates in our business. In fact, that resonates for a lot of the businesses we insure. That’s why we are a proud supporter of the PGA TOUR. We became the title sponsor of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in 2005, the year of Hurricane Katrina. In 2006, the Zurich Classic became the first major sporting event to return to New Orleans after the storm. That’s teamwork, determination and agility at work. In short, that’s resilience.
Professional golfers count on their caddies to help them manage hazards on the course ahead. Over 90% of Fortune 500® businesses count on Zurich in a similar way — to help them manage risks and build resilience.
Zurich Golf Ambassador Billy Horschel and Chief Human Resources Officer Laura Rock know the importance of trust and having a strong team of people to get the job done in both golf and business.
Zurich North America, CEO, Kathleen Savio and Zurich Golf Ambassador Justin Rose understand the importance of building back better and the commitment to community resilience.
Another side of the scorecard
The Zurich Classic of New Orleans generates an estimated $40 million annually in economic activity, which has helped in rebuilding and resilience efforts post-Katrina. Since 2005, the Zurich Classic also has contributed more than $21 million to over 200 charities.
A different spin
Just as we strive to innovate for our customers, the Zurich Classic differentiates with a two-man team format, featuring two rounds each of Foursome and Four-Ball competition. The Zurich Classic is the only FedExCup team event on the PGA TOUR.
A Zurich Classic like no other
The 2020 Zurich Classic of New Orleans was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and yet Zurich North America, the PGA TOUR and the Fore!Kids Foundation teamed up to ensure that Louisiana nonprofits didn’t miss out on the charitable funding that the event typically generates via ticket sales and food and beverage purchases. (Did you know net proceeds from this PGA TOUR event benefit local charities?) While we look forward to the 2021 Zurich Classic, we celebrate its enduring charitable impact in the most challenging of times.
Meet the golfers and caddies we sponsor
PGA TOUR Professional
Billy Horschel has been a member of the Zurich Golf Ambassadors family since 2013 and wears the Zurich logo on his left sleeve. Billy has won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans as an individual in 2013 and as part of a team in 2018. In 2014 he was crowned the FedExCup Champion.
PGA TOUR Professional
Collin is a new addition to the Zurich Golf Ambassador family and wears the Zurich logo on his left sleeve. Morikawa just completed his rookie season in 2019 and won his first PGA TOUR title at the Barracuda Championship. Prior to his professional career, Collin was ranked number 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
PGA TOUR Professional
Justin Rose has been a member of the Zurich Golf Ambassador family since 2010 and sports the Zurich Logo on his left sleeve. Justin is a ten-time PGA TOUR winner and won the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games for Great Britain. Justin ascended to World Number 1 for the first time in his career in 2018.
Scott Vail joined Billy’s team this season and brings over 12 years of caddying experience to their partnership. Prior to working with Billy, Scott had significant success with PGA TOUR players Brandt Snedeker and Keegan Bradley; eight tournament wins, including the 2012 Fed Ex Cup and two Ryder Cups.
Since Collin has played professional golf, he has relied on JJ Jakovac to be on his bag. An accomplished player in his own right, JJ won two NCAA Division II National Championships at Chico State.
A professional caddie for over two decades, Gareth Lord, a.k.a. “Lordy,” has been on the bag for 22 wins and three Race to Dubai #1 finishes. Justin and Gareth originally teamed up for a short stint in 1999 and reconnected in 2019 when they quickly won the Farmers Insurance Open.
A close-up of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans
A lot goes on beyond the greens. Business people entertain clients and attend seminars while elevating their brand, eating well and picking up a tip or two from the pros. Learn more about the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and we hope to see you in 2021!