Former champions Vijay Singh and K.J. Choi joined the list of official commitments Wednesday for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Singh, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, has won three majors and a total of 34 PGA Tour events as well as 22 international tournaments. His victory in New Orleans came back in 2004.
Choi won the Zurich Classic in 2002 to become the first South Korean to win on the PGA Tour and has added seven more wins in the United States — which includes the title in The Players Championship in 2011.
Former PGA champion Keegan Bradley and Chris Kirk, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, also committed Wednesday.
The Zurich Classic owill again host a satellite pro-am in Baton Rouge in conjunction with the pro-am to be played on the day before the $7 million PGA Tour event begins at TPC Louisiana in Avondale.
Fore!Kids Foundation officials announced Wednesday the eighth annual L’Auberge Celebrity Pro-Am of Baton Rouge will be played April 27 at University Club. The event will again benefit local children’s charities.
After Wednesday’s announcement at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel, Fore!Kids CEO Steve Worthy distributed $125,000 in checks from last year’s celebrity pro-am to six local charities.
The format calls for a PGA Tour pro from the 156-man field for the Zurich Classic, which will be held April 28-May 1, to play with a four-person team for nine holes and with a local celebrity for nine holes.
The new format was introduced last year and was well-received by pros and amateurs alike, Worthy said.
“When L’Auberge signed on as the sponsor a few years ago, it added an entirely new life to this event,” he said. “It’s been an unbelievably popular event here, and the pros enjoy it.”
The cost for a team is $5,000 and includes a pairings party for a player and guest, two weekly badges as well as eight single-day tickets to the Zurich Classic, a sponsor lot parking pass for the week and a tee gift package.
For more information on purchasing a team, call the Fore!Kids office at (504) 342-3000.
Local charities receiving checks Wednesday were Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge, Boys Hope Girls Hope, Brave Heart-Children in Need, The Emerge Center, McMains Children’s Developmental Center, and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.
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