|D.A. POINTS, WINNER OF AT&T PEBBLE BEACH NATIONAL PRO-AM,|
23 winners from the pasty two years are entered to play
NEW ORLEANS, LA (Feb. 24, 2011)-D.A. Points, who won his first PGA TOUR event two weeks ago paired with comedian Bill Murray, has committed to play the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, announced tournament director Tommy Fonseca.
"D.A. is the third winner on the TOUR this year to commit to playing the Zurich Classic of New Orleans," said Fonseca, "and we're happy to welcome him to New Orleans. We would even welcome his playing partner, Bill Murray too," said Fonseca.
With his win at Pebble Beach, points leaped to third in the current FedExCup standings. He is enjoying a breakout year on the TOUR, with an all-time high of $1,465,350 in winnings to go with his victory at Pebble Beach and a fifth place finish at the Bob Hope Classic.
Points also becomes one of no fewer than 23 PGA TOUR players who have won over the past two years to commit to the Zurich Classic. "That further demonstrates the depth of the field we are expecting here for our tournament," said Fonseca.
"Clearly, word is getting out around the PGA TOUR that our new dates, the allure of New Orleans, the strength of Zurich Financial Services as a title sponsor and the reputation of the Fore!Kids Foundation make our tournament very attractive to the top player," he added.
PGA TOUR winners over the past two years who have already committed to play in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans include:
In addition, Steve Flesch, who won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in 2003, and Tim Petrovic, who won in 2005, will both play this year.
Since 1958, the Fore!Kids Foundation has raised money to fund children's service organizations through golf events like the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the Golf Ball Gala, a kids' summer junior tour, and several charitable golf tournaments. As a 501(c)(3) corporation, Fore!Kids has helped to raise nearly $20 million to date, providing healthcare, education and hope for more than 200,000 kids each year. More information at www.forekidsfoundation.com.
About the Zurich Classic of New Orleans:
Televised in more than 116 countries, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans generates a significant economic impact on the city of New Orleans and the entire state of Louisiana. Independent research has shown that the tournament generates spending of more than $30 million within the local economy and garners $17 million in positive national and international media exposure for both the city and state throughout the year beyond the four days of competition.
Purse for 2011 totals $6.4 million, the second largest regular season, non-major or WGC event on the PGA TOUR. The winner's share is $1,152,000.
Single-day grounds tickets are only $25 each and weekly passes are $75, available by calling the Tournament Office at 504-342-3000 or online at www.zurichgolfclassic.com.