The Zurich Classic of New Orleans has added four more commitments to its field with fan favorite Rickie Fowler and three members of the winning 2014 European Ryder Cup team announcing their intention to participate in the PGA Tour event next month.
Eleventh in the official world golf rankings, Fowler, a two-time member of the U.S. Ryder Cup squad, has made the Zurich Classic a regular stop on his schedule each season.
The 26-year-old Fowler, one of the top young players on the PGA Tour, is coming off his best season as a pro. Last season, he earned $4.8 million with a career-best 10 top-10s while making the cut in 19 of 26 starts.
He recorded top-five finishes in all four majors — taking second in the U.S. and British opens, third in the PGA Championship and fifth in the Masters.
Fowler, the first player to accomplish that feat since Tiger Woods in 2005, added a third place in the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play.
“Rickie has one of the most enthusiastic group of fans on the PGA Tour,” said Fore!Kids Foundation CEO Steve Worthy. “He always draws a big gallery everywhere, and New Orleans is no different.”
With the Zurich Classic set for April 23-26, the week before this year’s Cadillac Match Play, Worthy and other tournament officials hoped to draw some top international golfers who wanted another competition before going on to that event.
They got it Tuesday when Victor Dubuisson of France, Jamie Donaldson of Wales and Stephen Gallacher of Scotland — who helped the Europeans retain the Ryder Cup over the U.S. team last fall — committed.
Dubuisson, who is ranked 17th in the world, earned 2½ points last fall with two wins and a tie after earning his PGA Tour card with three top-10 finishes in the U.S.
He was runner-up to Jason Day, who is already committed to play in the Zurich Classic, in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Dubuisson rallied from two holes down with two to play to send the championship match to overtime before falling in 23 holes.
Donaldson, the world’s 28th-ranked player, posted a 3-1 record in his Ryder Cup debut and clinching the decisive winning point in singles.
Gallacher has won four times on the European Tour and currently ranks 38th in the world.