Ernie Els commits to play in Zurich Classic

 Associated Press/Gerald Herbert - Ernie Els reacts after missing a putt on the 18th green during a sudden-death playoff against Jason Dufner at the Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Sunday, April 29, 2012. Dufner won on the next stroke. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Show caption
Associated Press/Gerald Herbert - Ernie Els reacts after missing a putt on the 18th green during a sudden-death playoff against Jason Dufner at the Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Sunday, April 29, 2012. Dufner won on the next stroke. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

AVONDALE — Ernie Els, who won the fourth major golf title of his career in July, will make a return visit to the Zurich Classic of New Orleans later this month.

Zurich Classic officials announced Tuesday that Els, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011, has committed to the $6.6 million tournament after losing in a playoff to Jason Dufner last April at the Zurich Classic.

This year’s event will be played April 25-28 at TPC Louisiana.

“We are excited to have Ernie join us again after his great performance here last year and his win at the British Open,” said Steve Worthy, CEO of the Fore!Kids Foundation, which produces the PGA Tour event.

After his runner-up finish in New Orleans last April, Els went on to claim his second British Open title in mid-July by one shot over Adam Scott. He previously won in 2002 in a four-hole playoff and captured U.S. Open crowns in 1994 and ’97.

Els, a native of South Africa, has also won two World Golf Championships and a record seven World Match Play titles. He finished third in the Zurich Classic in 2001 and has career earnings of more than $45 million on the PGA Tour.

The addition of Els gives the Zurich Classic field six majors winners with a combined four U.S. Open titles, three British Open crowns, two PGA Championships and one Masters.