Hall of Famer Ernie Els commits to play in Zurich Classic

World Golf Hall of Fame member Ernie Els, the winner of four major titles in his career, has committed to play in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans for the third consecutive year.

Fore!Kids Foundation CEO Steve Worthy announced Thursday that Els, who has won the British Open and U.S. Open twice each, will return to New Orleans to participate in the April 24-27 tournament at TPC Louisiana.

Els, who has 19 PGA Tour victories and has won 47 international tournaments, nearly claimed another Tour title in New Orleans in 2012 before falling in a two-hole playoff against Jason Dufner.

Playing in New Orleans again last spring, Els tied for 15th.

After his near-miss in the 2012 Zurich Classic, the 44-year-old Els rallied less than three months later for his second British Open title.

He fired a solid 4-under 32 over the final nine holes to overcome a six-stroke deficit for the win to go with his 2002 title. He was the U.S. Open champion in 1994 and 1997.

Els’ best finish this season was a fourth in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Els has been selected to the Presidents Cup eight times, the World Cup five times and the Dunhill Cup nine times. He is also the winner of two World Golf Championships and a record seven World Match Play titles.

“Ernie Els is one of the greatest golfers of this generation,” Worthy said. “Having him play in our tournament elevates our field tremendously.”

Els’ commitment came two days after reigning U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, the world’s seventh-ranked player, said he would play in the Zurich Classic.