Two of the top three finishers from the 2015 Zurich Classic of New Orleans are among the latest commitments to this year’s event, which begins next Thursday at TPC Louisiana.
Cameron Tringale, the runner-up to Justin Rose last April, committed this week along with third-place finisher Boo Weekley, a fan favorite at New Orleans’ PGA Tour event each spring.
Also committing to the tournament were two-time U.S. Ryder Cup player Hunter Mahan and 2010 Zurich Classic champion Jason Bohn, who will be making just his second start since suffering a near-fatal heart attack in early February.
Rose, who will return to defend his Zurich title after winning with a course-record 22-under 266 total a year ago, edged Tringale by a stroke and won by two over Weekley after both made late charges with 7-under 65s.
Tringale, who’s still seeking his first PGA Tour victory, came close last season. His 21-under score of 267 would’ve won the Zurich Classic in any other year the event has been played at the TPC Louisiana layout.
This season, Tringale’s best finish is a tie for second in the Shriners Hospital for Children Open. He and five other golfers finished one stroke behind former LSU standout Smylie Kaufman, who carded a final-round 61 to claim his first PGA Tour victory.
Weekley also played well enough last season to win in most any other year, finishing with a 20-under 268 after opening the 72-hole event with a 64.
A three-time winner on the PGA Tour and a former U.S. Ryder Cup player, the Milton, Florida, native has two top-10 finishes this season — taking fifth at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and 10th at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
Mahan’s six wins on the PGA Tour include two World Golf Championships and one FedExCup playoff tournament.
Last season, he posted five top-10 finishes with a fourth in the Deutsche Bank Championship, a third in the Frys.com Open and a tie for ninth in the Masters and World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.
Mahan, who has also played on four Presidents Cup teams, hasn’t played in New Orleans since 2006.
Bohn tied for second in two early-season tournaments, including the Shriners Hospital for Children Open, and tied for third in another before suffering a heart attack after playing the second round at the Honda Classic on Feb. 26.
Bohn, who turns 43 Sunday, had a stent inserted into his heart after doctors found a 90 percent blockage in one of his arteries.
He returned to the PGA Tour last week at the RBC Heritage and made the cut after shooting a 3-under 69 on Friday.
Three current LSU golfers and a former Tigers standout finished in the top-10 in a Zurich Classic pre-qualifying tournament Tuesday to earn spots in the open qualifier to be held Monday at English Turn.
Freshman Sam Burns led the way with an 8-under at LaTour Gof Club in Matthews. Luis Gagne and Eric Ricard tied for second with matching 66s, while former LSU player Landon Lyons tied for fourth with a 67.
The top 40 players and ties advanced to Monday’s open qualifier, where the top four finishers will earn their way into the 156-man field.