The Zurich Classic of New Orleans received another major commitment Saturday with the addition of 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson to the 156-man field.
Watson, who won the Zurich Classic title in 2011 in a sudden-death playoff with Webb Simpson, claimed his first major title last April at the Masters and returned to competitive golf three weeks later at TPC Louisiana.
Watson, who defeated Louis Oosthuizen with a par on the second hole of a playoff to claim last year’s Masters, is one of seven major winners to commit to the Zurich Classic set for April 25-28.
The Masters win came after Watson, whose tee shot on the second playoff hole landed in the woods about 40 feet from the fairway, hooked a wedge shot from off the pine straw and got the ball within 15 feet of the hole. From there, he two-putted for par while Oosthuizen bogeyed.
Watson played in New Orleans last spring after a two-week layoff during which he spent much of his time away from the course with his wife, Angie, and newly-adopted son, Caleb, and returned to tie for 18th in the Zurich Classic.
He finished fifth on the PGA Tour money list in 2012 with just more than $4.64 million and was 39th this year with $767,300 going into the Masters after just six starts this season.
Watson, who was ranked 14th in the world going into the Masters, was 2-over par after three rounds following a 2-under 70 Saturday.
The majors winners committed to the Zurich Classic have combined for four U.S. Open titles, three British Open crowns, two Masters and two PGA Championships.
In addition to Watson, other major winners committed are Ernie Els, Keegan Bradley, Retief Goosen, Mike Weir, Justin Leonard and former LSU All-American DavidToms.