Winner’s Circle: Davis Riley, Nick Hardy Claim Maiden Victories at 2023 Zurich Classic

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Davis Riley and Nick Hardy Win 2023 Zurich Classic
Davis Riley and Nick Hardy pose with the trophy and belts after winning the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana on Apr 23, 2023 in Avondale, LA. (Photo by Chris Graythen via Getty Images)

On Sunday at TPC Louisiana, the unheralded duo of Davis Riley and Nick Hardy claimed victory at the 2023 Zurich Classic of New Orleans with a tournament-record score of 30-under par.

It was the maiden PGA Tour victory for the two little-known players who teamed for rounds of 64, 66, 63 and 65. They become the first team to both record their first tour wins at the event (2017 champion Cameron Smith, who teamed with Jonas Blixt, is the only other player to record his first win in the team event).

Canadians Nick Taylor and Adam Hadwin finish runner-up after equaling the Zurich Classic Foursomes scoring record with a 9-under 63. After holding at least a share of the lead for the first three rounds, Wyndham Clark and Beau Hossler teamed for a disappointing round of 71 on Sunday to finish third.

Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele, the pre-tournament betting favorites, finished T4 on 26 under.

Davis Riley and Nick Hardy Win 2023 Zurich Classic
Davis Riley and Nick Hardy react to a birdie putt on the 17th green during the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana on Apr 23, 2023 in Avondale, LA. (Photo by Chris Graythen via Getty Images)

Riley moves to No.33 in the FedEx Cup race, while Hardy jumps to No.39.


PRO-FILES

Davis Riley

Nationality American
Height: 6′
Weight: 175 lb
Birthdate: Dec 17, 1996 (age 26)
Native: Hattiesburg, Miss.
Residence: Hattiesburg, Miss.
College: Alabama
Turned Pro: 2019
Best World Rank: 61 (Mar 2023)

Nick Hardy

Nationality: American
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 185 lb
Birthdate: Jan. 26, 1996 (age 27)
Native: Northbrook, IL
Residence: Northbrook, IL
College: Illinois
Turned Pro: 2018
Best World Rank: 173 (Nov. 2022)


Top-5 Finishers

Pos-Team-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Riley / Hardy -30 (-7)
2. Taylor / Hadwin -28 (-9)
3. Clark / Hossler -27 (-1)
4. Schauffele / Cantlay -26 (-6)
4. Moore / NeSmith -26 (-3)


Credits: Getty Images, PGA Tour Media


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