Zurich Classic, Rory McIlroy with Shane Lowry

It's official. Rory McIlroy will indeed be in New Orleans, Louisiana, from April 25th to 28th for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans ($8.9 million prize money).

by Andrea Gussoni
Zurich Classic, Rory McIlroy with Shane Lowry
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It's official. Rory McIlroy will indeed be in New Orleans, Louisiana, from April 25th to 28th for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans ($8.9 million prize money). The Northern Irishman has chosen to team up with his friend, Irishman Shane Lowry.

This marks the first time the current world number two has entered this unique doubles tournament since 2017.

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McIlroy and Lowry have previously played together in doubles. It was at Whistling Straits during the 2021 Ryder Cup.

The duo was defeated in the fourballs on Friday by the American pair Tony Finau and Harris English, 4&3. This presence in Louisiana confirms McIlroy's intention to play more regularly on the PGA Tour than in previous years.

This will be his fourth consecutive tournament in four weeks after the Valero Texas Open, the Masters, the RBC Heritage, a Signature Event, and now the Zurich Classic. It's worth noting that he has already played seven times this season, including twice on the DP World Tour, which is two more tournaments than at the same time in 2023.

Shane Lowry, who finished 29th on the European Tour this weekend in Singapore, has already competed in the Zurich Classic three times, the last time being in 2022. He was paired with Englishman Ian Poulter and finished in 13th place.

Rory McIlroy, born May 4, 1989 in Holywood (Northern Ireland), is a Northern Irish professional golfer. Young, he quickly stood out for his talents in golf, first as an amateur where he won the Junior Ryder Cup in 2004, played in the Walker Cup in 2007, represented Ireland at the Eisenhower Trophy in 2006 and won five tournaments including the European Amateur Championship in 2006 (as well as the European Amateur Team Championship in 2007), he turned professional in September 2007 at the age of 18.

He won his first victory on the European PGA Tour at the Dubai Desert Classic in February 2009 then his first victory on the American circuit the following year at the Quail Hollow Championship. After two third places in major tournaments, in 2009 at the PGA Championship and in 2010 at the Masters, he won his first grand slam title during the 2011 edition of the American Open.

Rory McIlroy became 1st in the world rankings for the first time on March 4, 2012 at the age of 22, 43 days after winning the Honda Classic, a PGA Tour tournament in Palm Beach Gardens. On August 12, 2012, he became the first Northern Irishman in history to win the PGA Championship.

He is also the first Briton to win this victory since Tommy Armor in 1930. In 2014, he won his third major tournament by winning the British Open, followed by a fourth by winning a second PGA Championship. In the same year, he won the Ryder Cup for the second consecutive time, playing with the European selection against the United States.

In 2019, following a good season in the United States including a victory at the FedEx Cup1, the Northern Irish golfer was elected player of the year on the PGA2 tour.

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