Hardy, Riley Make Move on Back 9 to Win the Zurich Classic
It was a gorgeous, sunny day at TPC Louisiana for the 4th round of the 2023 Zurich Classic. Going into the day, Going into the final round, plenty of duos had the chance to win with a volatile format in the alternate shot for Round 4.
With the first tee at 9:39, the guests were off and going early at TPC Louisiana. With watering holes and grandstands all across the course, the viewing experience at Zurich was fantastic. Spectators had a beautiful view of the 9th and 18th holes, and there was even a double deck club that showed multiple holes in the middle of the course as well.
On the course, Beau Hossler and Wyndham Clark had the lead going into the day. With their first three rounds coming in at impressive scores of 61. 67 and 62, both players were flying high into the day. Unfortunately, a disappointing 71 dropped Hossler and Clark into third place once it was all said and done.
Coming into the final round, all eyes were on Alex and Matt Fitzpatrick. Fresh off a win at the RBC Heritage, Matt had the chance to help his brother earn his PGA Tour card with a win. But, the brothers chemistry only lasted so far. The alternate shot format was difficult for Alex and Matt who shot a 74 on Sunday, which included 5 bogeys on a very forgiving course.
The best Sunday score was Nick Taylor and Adam Hadwin who posted an impressive 63 in a very difficult format. Taylor and Hadwin birdied 10 of the first 13 holes on Sunday en route to a performance that lifted them to second overall in the tournament. Their overall score of -28 earned them second in the Zurich Classic and their share of the $8.6M purse.
But, all of the big pushes on Sunday could not beat the push made by Nick Hardy and Davis Riley. The duo calmy shot 65, in one of the most difficult formats in team golf, to push their way into the $2.4M first place purse and the first PGA Tour win for both Riley and Hardy. The win boosted both players by over 50 spots in the FedEx Cup Rankings, putting both in the Top 40.
Patrick Cantlay has five top-15 finishes in six starts at the event (T14 in 2017, T7 in 2018, MC in 2019, T11 in 2021, Won in 2022, T4 in 2023).
Xander Schauffele has four top-15 finishes in as many starts at the event (T11 in 2017, T11 in 2021, Won in 2022, T4 in 2023).
Riley and Hardy's 30 under score of 258 is a Zurich Classic of New Orleans tournament record.
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