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Avondale Avondale The Zurich Classic of New Orleans is a professional golf tournament in Louisiana on the PGA Tour, played in Avondale. Dating back 83 yearsThe Zurich Classic of New Orleans is a professional golf tournament in Louisiana on the PGA Tour, played in Avondale. Dating back 83 years ago to 1938 and held annually since 1958, it is commonly played in early to mid-spring. Zurich Insurance Group is the main sponsor, and it is organized by the Fore!Kids Foundation.The purse was $7.0 million in 2016, with a winner's share of $1.26 million. First prize reached five figures in 1965, six figures in 1988, and passed the million dollar mark in 2006.In 2017, the Zurich Classic became a team event, with eighty teams of two. One member of each team is initially chosen via the Tour priority rankings, and his partner must be either a PGA Tour member or earn entry through a sponsor exemption. The stroke play format was alternate shot (foursome) in the first and third rounds and better ball (fourball) for the second and fourth rounds. The cut line is 35 teams, plus ties. The winners earn 400 FedEx Cup points and two-year exemptions, but will not receive Masters invitations and no world ranking points are awarded for the event. In 2018, the format switched to fourball for the first and third rounds and alternate shot for the second and fourth rounds.