AVONDALE — Jon Rahm, currently the third-ranked player in the world, will team again with Ryan Palmer to defend the title they won in 2019 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Rahm turned professional in 2016 out of Arizona State and won his first PGA TOUR title at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open. He has won again each year since, including twice in 2020, at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide and the BMW Championship in the FedExCup playoffs. He also earned six other top 10 finishes in the truncated 2020 season.
So far this season, he has six top-seven finishes, including a tie for fifth at the Genesis Invitational and a tie for ninth at The Players Championship.
In 2019, he tied for third in the U.S. Open and tied for seventh in last fall’s Masters.
Competing for Arizona State, he became the first player to twice win the Ben Hogan Award, given to the best collegiate golfer. He also won the Jack Nicklaus Award, given to the top Division I collegiate golfer and played on the 2014 World Cup team and the 2015 Palmer Cup squad. He was the number one ranked amateur player for a record 60 weeks and was the low amateur at the 2016 U.S. Open. During his collegiate career, he recorded 11 victories, second only to former Sun Devil Phil Mickelson.
Ryan Palmer has won four times on the PGA TOUR, including his victory with Rahm at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He is currently ranked 26th in the world.
His victory at the 2019 Zurich Classic capped one of his most successful years on the PGA Tour. He scored six top-ten finishes, including a tie for third in the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges tournament, when he recorded seven consecutive birdies to close out one of his rounds. He also tied for fourth in the Honda Classic and tied for sixth in the Charles Schwab Challenge.
In the shortened 2020 season, he finished second to his Zurich partner Rahm in the Memorial Tournament, when they were paired in the final round. He also tied for fourth in the Sony Open and tied for eighth in the Northern Trust in that season. He qualified for the FedExCup playoffs for the 12th time in his career and advanced to the Tour Championship for the third time.
He has played well this season too, with a tie for second at the Farmers Insurance Open, a fourth in the Sentry Tournament of Champions and a tie for fourth in the Zozo Championship at Sherwood.
He missed the fall portion of the 2016-17 season while his wife, Jennifer, underwent chemotherapy to treat Stage 2 breast cancer that was diagnosed in the summer of 2016. Upon his return to the PGA TOUR in 2018, he almost won the Farmers Insurance Open, losing in a playoff eventually won by Jason Day.
The Zurich Classic is the only team tournament on the PGA TOUR season. Since launching the team format in 2017, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans has drawn some of the highest-ranking fields for any regular-season tournament on the PGA TOUR.
Single-day grounds tickets are only $35. In addition to grounds tickets and the Best of the Zurich Classic Passes, other ticket packages are available at www.zurichgolfclassic.com.