Fred Couples joins a star-studded field at the American Family Insurance Championship
Hometown and international stars bring added excitement to second-year tournament
The PGA TOUR Champions American Family Insurance Championship has announced a strong final field, which includes Fred Couples. Pictured are some of the committed players. Top row, left to right: Fred Couples, Steve Stricker, Scott McCarron, Nick Faldo. Bottom row, left to right: Colin Montgomerie, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jerry Kelly, 2016 Champion Kirk Triplett.
Fred Couples will join a blend of hometown and international golf legends at the second annual PGA TOUR Champions American Family Insurance Championship, to be held June 23-25 at University Ridge Golf Course. PGA TOUR Champions and tournament officials announced the final field today, adding the commitment of Couples. The field remains subject to change if player withdrawals occur before tournament play begins.
Couples, a former No. 1 player in the world and 15-time PGA TOUR champion, tournament host Steve Stricker and Madison’s Jerry Kelly will play in the championship for the first time. Nick Faldo, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Colin Montgomerie, Corey Pavin, Vijay Singh and Ian Woosnam will also make their American Family Insurance Championship debuts.
Collectively, the group of new players represents 42 Ryder Cup player appearances and 21 Presidents Cup appearances. Stricker is captain of the 2017 U.S. Presidents Cup Team.
Kirk Triplett will return to defend his American Family Insurance Championship title, along with Billy Andrade, John Daly, Jay Haas, Tom Lehman, Scott McCarron, Kenny Perry and others. Bernhard Langer is not playing in this year’s championship due to a family commitment.
“This year’s field is tremendous and one of the strongest on the tour this year,” said Nate Pokrass, American Family Insurance Championship tournament director. “With the new players and contingent of returnees, we like our chances of surpassing the 56,000 spectators we had last year and, in the process, raising more money for charity.”
The 78-player field, competing for a $2 million purse, will include:
~Twenty-eight of the top 30 on this year’s Charles Schwab Cup money list, and 27 of the top 30 on the 2016 Charles Schwab Cup points list.
~Nine players with PGA TOUR Champions wins this year: Stephen Ames, Woody Austin, Couples, Daly, Carlos Franco, Jimenez, Lehman, McCarron and Singh.
~Twelve past major winners of the Masters, U.S. Open, The Open Championship or PGA Championship: Mark Calcavecchia, Couples, Daly, Faldo, Todd Hamilton, Lee Janzen, Lehman, Larry Mize, Pavin, Singh, Bob Tway and Woosnam.
~Five players with Wisconsin ties: Kelly, Stricker, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman, Milwaukee-area native Skip Kendall and Jim Schuman, former University of Wisconsin men’s golf coach and two-time Wisconsin State Open champion.
~Schuman is one of five players to receive sponsor’s exemptions. Others are Mike Small, University of Illinois golf coach and three-time champion of the PGA Professional National Championship; and Jay Don Blake, Steve Pate and Rod Spittle, all in the top 50 of this year’s Charles Schwab Cup standings.
The full player field is listed below with the exception of four spots that will be determined by a June 19 tournament qualifier. The qualifier will be held at The Legend at Bergamont golf course in Oregon, Wis., just outside of Madison.
The second round of the tournament on Saturday, June 24, will also feature a celebrity foursome of Green Bay Packer great Brett Favre, New York Yankee star Derek Jeter, singer/songwriter Darius Rucker and two-time U.S. Open champion Andy North.
The group will play in a 9-hole scramble, starting on the 10th hole at approximately 1:30 p.m., following the final tournament group for the day.
Tickets for the American Family Insurance Championship are available at the tournament website at www.AmFamChampionship.com under the “Tickets” link on the home page. Pre-tournament ticket discounts remain available until end of Sunday, June 18. The $25 general admission ticket is offered at a $5 discount for $20 and is valid any day of the championship (June 23, 24 and 25). There is also a clubhouse ticket option with special amenities.
Active duty, reserve and retired military personnel can enjoy a free three-day pass and any child 15 and under will receive free admission to the tournament with an adult admission.
Fans can also follow the tournament’s social media channels: Twitter: @amfamchamp; Facebook: American Family Insurance Championship; and Instagram: AmFamChampionship.
About the American Family Insurance Championship
The inaugural PGA TOUR Champions American Family Insurance Championship was held in June 2016, hosted by 12-time PGA TOUR winner and Wisconsin native Steve Stricker. The second annual event will be held June 23-25 in Madison, Wis., at University Ridge Golf Course and will feature a 78-player field competing for a $2 million purse. The no-cut event includes two Pro-Am events on June 21-22, followed by three days of tournament play, June 23-25. Proceeds from the event are donated to the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation and the American Family Children's Hospital. Nearly $1.1 million in proceeds was donated to charitable organizations from the 2016 event.
About PGA TOUR Champions
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golf’s most recognizable and accomplished players, age 50 and older, including 32 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back and generate significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities. In 2017, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 26 tournaments in 18 states, Japan, Wales and Canada, with purses totaling more than $55 million. The Charles Schwab Cup, which includes the Regular Season and the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, is used to determine the season-long champion. All events are televised in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel, the exclusive cable-television partner of PGA TOUR Champions. Internationally, telecasts air live, tape-delayed or in a highlights-package format in excess of 190 countries and territories, reaching more than 330 million potential households. The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.
2017 American Family Insurance Championship Field As of June 9, 2017
* sponsor exemptions
Four additional players to be determined by June 19 qualifier