A trio of former LSU All-Americans will once again be in the 156-man field for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, which will be played April 23-26 at TPC Louisiana in Avondale.
Former Tigers stars David Toms, John Peterson and Andrew Loupe have committed to play in the $6.9 million Zurich Classic, Fore!Kids Foundation CEO Steve Worthy announced Tuesday.
Toms, a Shreveport resident, has been a regular at the only PGA Tour stop in his home state since be became a Tour fixture in the mid-1990s. He claimed the title in New Orleans in 2001 and went on that summer to capture the PGA Championship.
Toms, a three-time U.S. Ryder Cup team member, has 13 PGA Tour victories and has won more than $40.5 million in his career, which is good for eighth place on the Tour’s all-time earnings list.
He tied for 15th at the Zurich Classic last spring, and his best finish this season is a tie for ninth at the Sanderson Farms Championship.
Peterson is enjoying a nice season on the PGA Tour, which includes an 11th-place finish on Sunday in the Valero Texas Open. He has four top-25 finishes this season while making the cut in 12 of 13 events played so far. He ranks 53rd on the FedEx Cup points list heading into the heart of the season.
Peterson, a three-time All-American at LSU and the medalist at the 2011 NCAA Division I championships, missed the cut at the Zurich Classic last year after tying for eighth in 2013. He tied for fourth at the 2012 U.S. Open.
Loupe, a Baton Rouge native and Episcopal High School graduate, has made three cuts in six PGA Tour starts this season.
His best finish on Tour was a tie for fourth at the Valero Texas Open last spring, and he later finished 52nd in the Zurich Classic.
“This group brings a combination of a distinguished career and major winner in David Toms, and two of the most promising golfers to come out of LSU in John and Andrew,” Worthy said.
“Our former LSU players always draw big crowds, and we’re happy to have David, John, and Andrew back in New Orleans.”
They join a field that includes six of the top 20 players in the official world gold rankings — Jason Day (fifth), Justin Rose (11th), Rickie Fowler (12th), Billy Horschel (17th), Victor Dubuisson (18th) and J.B. Holmes (20th).