Golf roundup: Billy Horschel moves in front at Tour Championship _lowres

Billy Horschel hits from the tee on the 14th hole during the second round of play in the Tour Championship golf tournament Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

After picking up commitments from three of the top eight golfers in the world earlier this week, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans added two recent champions of the event to its field Friday.

Fore!Kids Foundation CEO Steve Worthy announced that Billy Horschel and Jason Dufner will return to the scene of their first PGA Tour victories at TPC Louisiana for the April 28-May 1 PGA Tour event.

Horschel, who claimed the Zurich Classic title in 2013, and Dufner, who won the year before in a playoff with Ernie Els, committed to join the 156-man field that will vie for the $1.26 million winner’s share of the $7 million purse.

Both Dufner and Horschel went on to bigger things after breaking through in New Orleans.

Dufner, who is ranked 61st in the world, won the HP Byron Nelson Championship two weeks after his victory in New Orleans and in 2013 won his first major at the PGA Championship.

Horschel, the world’s 44th-ranked player, won the 2014 FedEx Cup playoffs — ending his run with victories in the BMW Championship and Tour Championship.

Those two former champions join defending champ Justin Rose in the Zurich Classic field. Worthy announced Wednesday that Rose, the world’s eighth-ranked player, will be back after taking the title with a course-record 22-under 266 total last spring.

Jason Day, who regained the top spot in the world rankings when he won the WGC-Dell Match Play over Rory McIlroy on Sunday, and Rckie Fowler, the world’s fifth-ranked player, were also announced as having committed to the New Orleans event as well.

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