Justin Rose commits to play in Zurich Classic

Associated Press photo by JOHN RAOUXJustin Rose hits a shot from the seventh tee during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 25. Rose has committed to play in the Zurich Classic later this month.
Associated Press photo by JOHN RAOUXJustin Rose hits a shot from the seventh tee during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 25. Rose has committed to play in the Zurich Classic later this month.

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans added one of the top players in the world to its field Thursday when Justin Rose announced his intention to participate in the April 25-28 event.

Rose, who is third in the current World Golf Rankings, will play in the $6.6 million tournament at TPC Louisiana. Going into the Valero Texas Open this week, Rose was behind only Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in the world rankings.

This will be Rose’s fifth straight visit and eighth overall appearance to the PGA Tour event in New Orleans, where he tied for 10th last April.

Rose’s top-10 finish at the 2012 Zurich Classic was one of eight he earned last season.

He won the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, which was his fourth victory on the PGA Tour, and he also tied for third at the PGA Championship and tied for eighth in the Masters.

Rose, a South African who grew up in England, capped his 2012 season by going 3-2 in the Ryder Cup for the winning
European team. He made a pair of clutch putts on the final two holes of his singles match to come from behind and defeat Phil Mickelson.

“With the addition of Justin, this year’s field is shaping up to be extremely competitive,” Fore!Kids Foundation CEO Steve Worthy said in a news release.

“Justin leads a contingent of international players, including Ernie Els, that will give us the strongest international field we have enjoyed here in several years.”

Els, a 2011 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee and fellow South African, committed to the tournament on Monday. He also played in New Orleans last year and lost in a two-hole playoff to Jason Dufner, who will return to defend his title.