|FORMER ZURICH CLASSIC WINNER ANDRES ROMERO COMMITS|
27 winners from the past two years are now entered to play
NEW ORLEANS, LA (March 2, 2011)-Former Zurich Classic of New Orleans champion Andres Romero, who won here in 2008, has committed to play this year's event, announced tournament director Tommy Fonseca.
"We are proud to welcome Andres back to New Orleans," said Fonseca. "He joins seven former Zurich Classic winners and a total of 27 PGA TOUR winners over the last two years committed to play here in 2011, "Fonseca added.
In addition to Romero, former Zurich Classic winners who have already committed to play in New Orleans this year include: Jason Bohn (2010), Jerry Kelly (2009), Nick Watney (2007), Tim Petrovic (2005), Vijay Singh (2004), Steve Flesch (2003) and David Toms (2001).
Other PGA TOUR winners over the last two years who have made recent commitments to play the Zurich Classic of New Orleans April 25-May 1 include Michael Bradley, who won the 2009 Puerto Rico Open; Pat Perez, winner of the 2009 Bob Hope Classic and Rory Sabbatini, who won the 2009 HP Byron Nelson Championship.
The complete list of PGA TOUR winners over the past two years now committed to play in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans now includes:
About Fore!Kids Foundation:
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.