Els, Ogily boost field for Tampa Bay Championship

An already strong field for the 2013 Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank was bolstered in the final hours before the commitment deadline with the addition of former major champions Ernie Els and
Geoff Ogilvy.

Els, the defending British Open champion, finished one shot out of a playoff on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort last year and will be making the trip to St. Pete-Clearwater after hosting his annual Els for Autism fundraiser in Palm Beach County on Monday.

Ogilvy, who counts the 2006 U.S. Open winner among his seven PGA TOUR titles, moved back in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) top 50 last week with a runner-up finish at the Honda Classic. The commitments of Els and Ogilvy put 21 members of the OWGR top 50 in the field.

Brandt Snedeker, 4th in the OWGR, is one player who has withdrawn from the field due to injury. Snedeker has not played since winning the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in early February.

The tournament does include four members of the top eight in the OWGR, led by defending champion Luke Donald at number 3. Also in the field are # 6 Louis Oosthuizen, #7 Adam Scott and #8 Matt Kuchar who recently won the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship.

Other players in the OWGR top 30 are #16 Jason Dufner, #17 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, #18 Sergio Garcia, #23 Nick Watney, #24 Els, #25 Zach Johnson, #27 Jim Furyk and #28 Martin Kaymer.

In addition to Donald and Furyk, other former winners of the Tampa Bay Championship in the field include two-time titlists K.J. Choi and Retief Goosen, as well as Vijay Singh, Carl Pettersson, Sean O’Hair and Gary Woodland.

All told 50 of the top 75 players from the 2012 PGA TOUR Official Money List are in the field. The field is still subject to change, including the addition of four players through Monday’s open qualifying and some top 10 finishers in the Puerto Rico Open.

For more information go to TampaBayChampionship.com. For updates, follow the tournament @TBChampionship.

 

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