Langer, Stricker and Kelly commit to the 2018 American Family Insurance Championship
Top players David Toms and Joe Durant will also play.
PGA TOUR Champions legend Bernhard Langer is returning to the American Family Insurance Championship, and he will be joined by the top four players on tour this year: tournament host Steve Stricker, Madison resident Jerry Kelly, David Toms and Joe Durant.
Langer, Stricker, Kelly, Toms and Durant are among the early commitments to the 2018 PGA TOUR Champions American Family Insurance Championship, to be played June 22-24 at University Ridge Golf Course. The final field will be set on June 15.
“We’re anticipating an incredible field again this year. Steve, Jerry and Joe are off to an impressive start on PGA TOUR Champions this year. We look forward to welcoming David Toms for the first time, and Bernhard Langer’s record speaks for itself,” said Nate Pokrass, tournament director.
Bernhard Langer played in the inaugural American Family Insurance Championship in 2016, but did not enter last year’s event due to a family commitment. A native of Germany and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Langer is a 36-time winner on PGA TOUR Champions and four-time winner of the Charles Schwab Cup, the Tour’s season-long competition. He is a two-time winner of the Masters and holds 61 international titles.
Steve Stricker leads this year’s Charles Schwab Cup standings, claiming his first two PGA TOUR Champions titles at the Cologuard Classic and the Rapiscan Systems Classic. Stricker is a 12-time winner on the PGA TOUR, was the winning captain of the 2017 U.S. Presidents Cup team, and will be an assistant captain on the U.S. Ryder Cup team for the second time later this year in Paris.
Steve Stricker will return as player/host for the 2018 American Family Insurance Championship.
Jerry Kelly is second in this year’s Charles Schwab Cup standings, with a win at the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, followed by a second-place finish at the Cologuard Classic. He earned PGA TOUR Champions Rookie of the Year honors in 2017 with two wins and eight other top-10 finishes. His resume also includes three wins on the PGA TOUR.
David Toms will make his debut at the American Family Insurance Championship. He is third in this year’s Charles Schwab Cup standings, with four top-5 finishes, including a tie for second at the Chubb Classic. He holds 13 PGA TOUR titles, including one major, the 2001 PGA Championship.
Joe Durant is No. 4 on the Charles Schwab Cup money list, thanks in large part to his win at the Chubb Classic and two other top-10 finishes. He has three career PGA TOUR Champions victories, and finished tied for third in last year’s American Family Insurance Championship.
Special tickets discounts now available
Tickets for the American Family Insurance Championship are available at AmFamChampionship.com/tickets, with special discounts for certain tickets purchased before June 18, including:
• $5 off a $25 general admission ticket
• $5 off a $20 AARP Champions ticket (50 years +)
Active duty, reserve and retired military personnel can again enjoy a free three-day pass and any child 15 and under gets free admission to the tournament with a paid adult admission.
For tournament updates, fans can follow the tournament’s social media channels:
Twitter: @amfamchamp; Facebook: American Family Insurance Championship; and Instagram: AmFamChampionship.
About the American Family Insurance Championship
American Family Insurance, the PGA TOUR Champions and PGA TOUR star and Wisconsin resident Steve Stricker launched this professional golf tournament in June 2016. The American Family Insurance Championship, held annually at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis., features a 78-player field. Past champions include Fred Couples (2017) and Kirk Triplett (2016). Championship week includes the three-day tournament, two Pro-Am competitions, charity concert and a special exhibition featuring celebrities from the sports and music industries. The 2018 event will be held June 18-24 with all proceeds allocated to the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation for distribution to the American Family Children’s Hospital and other charities. More than $2.7 million has been donated to charity since the inaugural event in 2016. For more information: Web: www.AmFamChampionship.com; Twitter: @AmFamChamp; Facebook: American Family Insurance Championship; Instagram: amfamchampionship #AmFamChamp
About PGA TOUR Champions
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older, including 35 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 2018, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 27 tournaments across the United States, Scotland and Canada, with purses totaling more than $56 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 in excess of 190 countries and territories, reaching more than 330 million potential households. Follow PGA TOUR Champions online at PGATOUR.COM, at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.