Dustin Johnson commits to play in Zurich Classic _lowres

Dustin Johnson hits on the 12th fairway during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans picked up a top commitment Thursday when Dustin Johnson, the world’s seventh-ranked player, added his name to the list of participants for the April 23-26 tournament.

Johnson, who shot a 2-under-par 70 on Thursday in the opening round of the Masters, will play in New Orleans for the first time since his rookie season on the PGA Tour in 2008. He missed the cut that year at TPC Louisiana.

A nine-time winner on the PGA Tour, Johnson is one of the longest hitters in golf and leads the Tour in driving distance this season.

He won the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship earlier this season and ranks sixth in FedEx Cup points.

“This is huge for our tournament,” said Steve Worthy, CEO of the Fore!Kids Foundatuon. “Dustin is known by serious and casual golf fans alike as one of the most exciting players on the PGA Tour for his tremendous athleticism and length off the tee.”

In addition to his WGC victory, Johnson was second in a playoff at the Northern Trust Open, finished fourth in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and was sixth at the Valero Texas Open two weeks ago.

The winner of at least one tournament each year since joining the Tour in 2008, Johnson has played on two U.S Ryder Cup teams and one Presidents Cup team. He also has top-10 finishes at the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship.