Steve Stricker commits to play in the Zurich Classic _lowres

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2013 file photo shows Steve Stricker readies a drive during a pro-am round at the Tournament of Champions PGA Tour golf tournament in Kapalua, Hawaii. Stricker finished the year with just over $4.4 million, the third-highest total

After making his return to competitive golf over the weekend at the Masters, Steve Stricker committed to play in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans next week.

Fore!Kids Foundation CEO Steve Worthy announced Monday that Stricker, who tied for 28th in the Masters in his first start since back surgery last fall, will participate in the Zurich Classic, to be played April 23-26 at TPC Louisiana.

Stricker has eight top-20 finishes in the 12 times he has played the Zurich Classic. His highest finish was a tie for fourth in 2000; he was sixth in 2012, his most recent New Orleans appearance.

Stricker, a veteran of three U.S. Ryder Cup teams and five Presidents Cup teams, is known as one of the PGA Tour’s most consistent players. He has played in only 24 tournaments the past two seasons but made the cut in each of them.

A 12-time winner on the PGA Tour, he played 11 events last season, with a sixth-place finish in the Memorial and a seventh-place effort in the PGA Championship.

“Steve has enjoyed success here at the Zurich Classic for a number of years,” Worthy said. “Considering his very limited schedule, we are thrilled he has chosen to play the Zurich Classic once again.”