Patrick Reed to play in Zurich Classic

Former University High golfer Patrick Reed, one of the hottest players on the PGA Tour with three victories in his last 14 starts, headlines a list of local players committed to the Zurich Classic of New Orleans next month.

Fore!Kids Foundation CEO Steve Worthy announced Thursday that the 23-year-old Reed, who became the youngest player to win a World Golf Championship event Sunday, will play in the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana on April 24-27.

Reed, who claimed the title in the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship by one stroke on Sunday, is one of five players with local ties to announce their intention to be in the Zurich Classic’s 156-man field.

The others are former LSU stars David Toms, John Peterson and Andrew Loupe and former Tulane standout Michael Thompson.

This will be the third consecutive year that Reed, who helped University High to two state titles, participates in the Zurich Classic.

He earned his way into the 2012 tournament through an open qualifier and tied for 24th to earn $51,840, which at the time was his biggest payday as a professional.

Reed missed the cut in New Orleans last April, just months after earning his Tour card. But in August he won on the PGA Tour for the first time when he took the Wyndham Championship in a playoff with Jordan Speith.

He also won the Humana Challenge in January and went wire-to-wire to win the Cadillac Championship to collect a check for $1.53 million and rise to 20th in the latest World Golf Rankings.

Reed and Jimmy Walker, who has won three times, are the only players with multiple victories on Tour this season. For the season, Reed ranks third on the PGA Tour with $3.008 million.

Toms won in New Orleans in 2001 and later that year won the PGA Championship for his only major title. He has won 13 PGA Tour titles and more than $39 million on Tour, which ranks him seventh in career earnings.

Peterson, a three-time All-American and the 2011 NCAA individual champion, finished eighth in the Zurich Classic last spring and tied for fourth in the 2012 U.S. Open.

Loupe, a Baton Rouge native and Episcopal High School graduate, was a two-time All-Southeastern Conference pick who earned his PGA Tour card for the first time last fall. He tied for 12th at the Puerto Rico Open last weekend.

Thompson attended Tulane for two seasons until the university disbanded its golf team following Hurricane Katrina. He was the 2008 SEC Player of the Year, and earned his first PGA Tour victory last March at the Honda Classic.