Rose finished tied for 10th at last year’s tournament
NEW ORLEANS — Justin Rose, currently ranked third in the Official World Golf Rankings, has committed to play the 2013 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where he tied for 10th last year, announced Steve Worthy, CEO of the Fore!Kids Foundation, producer of the tournament.
Rose’s top-10 finish at the 2012 Zurich Classic was one of eight he earned during a sterling 2012 season. He won the World Golf Championships – Cadillac Championship last year one stroke ahead of 2011 Zurich Classic champion Bubba Watson. The victory was Rose’s fourth on the PGA TOUR, and it was his fifth top-10 finish in 21 World Golf Championships. It was also the largest come-from-behind win in Cadillac Championship history.
A week after the Cadillac Championship, Rose finished tied for eighth at the Masters and was one of five players with all four rounds at par or better. Later in the 2012 season he finished tied for third at the PGA Championship. He ended the year sixth in the 2012 Fed Ex Cup standings.
He capped his 2012 season by going 3-2 in Ryder Cup competition at Medinah Country Club in Chicago. He made two clutch putts on the final two holes of his singles match to come from behind and claim victory over Phil Mickelson.
Rose, a native of South Africa who grew up in England, has won more than $22 million on the TOUR. His best finishes of the 2013 season are second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, a tie for fourth at the Honda Classic and a tie for eighth at the Cadillac Championship. He is currently ranked 18th in the FedEx Cup standings.
“With the addition of Justin, who sits near the top of the World Golf Rankings, this year’s field is shaping up to be extremely competitive,” Worthy said. “Justin leads a contingent of international players, including Ernie Els, that will give us the strongest international field we have enjoyed here in several years,” Worthy added.
Rose and his wife Kate started the Kate and Justin Rose Foundation with the desire to help improve the lives of local underprivileged children in Orlando, Florida, where the Roses reside. The foundation has programs focusing on nutrition, education and experiences. As one of the foundation’s programs focuses on nutrition, the Roses teamed up with Blessings in a Backpack to ensure impoverished children don’t go hungry on the weekends. They have also taken some of the children on excursions outside of the classroom, including a trip to the beach and a day at Bay Hill.
Rose also launched his “Birdies for Blessings” initiative in 2011, with him donating $80 for every birdie he made during the season. Zurich Financial and Farmers Insurance both support Blessings in a Backpack, with Zurich feeding 800 children in New Orleans that year, and matched Rose’s contributions dollar for dollar at the end of the year.
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 Golf Ball Gala, an AJGA event, a kids' summer junior tour, and several charitable golf tournaments. As a 501(c)(3) corporation, Fore!Kids has helped to raise more than $23 million to date for children’s charities in metro New Orleans and Baton Rouge. More information at www.zurichgolfclassic.com.
About the Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Televised in more than 116 countries, 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 $30 million within the local economy and garners $17 million in positive national and international media exposure for both the city and state throughout the year beyond the four days of competition.
Purse for 2013 totals $6.6 million. The winner’s share is $1,188,000.
Single-day grounds tickets are only $25 each and weekly passes are $75, available by calling the Tournament Office at 504-342-3000 or online at www.zurichgolfclassic.com.