Former LSU golfer Smylie Kaufman, who is playing in his first Masters Tournament this week, is among three former Tigers standouts to commit to the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Fore!Kids Foundation CEO Steve Worthy announced Thursday that Kaufman, a rookie on the PGA Tour, will participate in the April 28-May 1 event at TPC Louisiana along with former LSU stars David Toms and Andrew Loupe.
It will be the first Zurich Classic appearance for Kaufman, who played at LSU from 2011-14. He qualified for the Masters by claiming the title in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October in just his fifth PGA Tour career start.
Kaufman finished his first PGA Tour win in style with a final-round 61, coming from seven strokes down, to collect the first-place check of $1.152 million.
For the season, he’s earned just more than $2 million in 14 starts while making 12 cuts.
The 24-year-old Kaufman has three top-10 finishes and has been in the top 25 a total of seven times, pushing him up to 49th in the world rankings. He is ninth in FedEx Cup points and 10th in money winnings this season.
The 49-year-old Toms, who has 13 PGA Tour victories and ranks eighth all-time with $41.5 million in earnings, is expected to play in New Orleans for the 23rd time.
He won the event back in 2001 when it was played at English Turn and went on that season to win the PGA Championship.
A three-time All-American at LSU in the late 1980s, Toms has played in eight PGA Tour events this season with his best finish a tie for second at the Sanderson Farms Championship.
Loupe, who will make his fourth start in New Orleans, is enjoying a solid season on the PGA Tour this year.
He tied for third in the CareerBuilder Challenge and finished in a tie for 10th place at both the Frys.com Open and Sanderson Farms Championship. He also tied for 14th in the Honda Classic.
He ranks 59th in FedEx Cup points and 58th in money winnings on Tour this season, amassing $705,463.
John Peterson, another former LSU player who usually plays the New Orleans event, is not playing this season as he recovers from wrist surgery.
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