The Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo is pleased to announce decorated Spanish golfer Miguel Ángel Jiménez has committed to play in the upcoming 2016 Principal Charity Classic, the annual PGA TOUR Champions event held at historic Wakonda Club in Des Moines. This year’s tournament dates are May 31-June 5.
Jiménez, who shot an 8-under 64 yesterday at the 2016 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic to win his third career PGA TOUR Champions event, is often called “the most interesting man in golf.” Jiménez joins John Daly and defending tournament champion Mark Calcavecchia, as well as Jesper Parnevik, Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Tom Pernice, Jr., and Fuzzy Zoeller among notable names who have already committed to play in the tournament.
Jiménez and his signature style – a red, curly ponytail, aviator shades and unique warm-up routine – are instantly recognizable on the course, as is his skill. Jiménez owns 21 career wins on the European Tour and has been a member of several victorious Ryder Cup teams. At age 50, he finished fourth in the 2014 Masters Tournament after tying the record for the lowest round score (66) by a player age 50 or older.
“We are thrilled Miguel Ángel Jiménez has committed to join us in Des Moines for the 2016 Principal Charity Classic,” said Greg Conrad, Principal Charity Classic Tournament Director. “Miguel is one of the great characters in the game and a terrific competitor, making him a favorite of golf fans around the world. His commitment to join us is a true reflection of the popularity of Des Moines, the Principal Charity Classic and the tournament’s philanthropic mission among PGA TOUR Champions players.”
This year Principal® is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of its title sponsorship of the Principal Charity Classic, which is focused on raising funds for Iowa children’s charities. The tournament has raised more than $7.7 million for charity in the past nine years – including a record $1.4 million last year.
CHIP IN FOR CHARITY
Principal Charity Classic tickets are available at www.principalcharityclassic.com, starting at just $20 for a Good-Any-One-Day ticket. Additionally, kids 15 and under may attend the tournament for FREE if accompanied by a ticketed adult. Complimentary admission is also provided for all active duty, retired and reserve military along with their dependents.
“We ask people to think about the Principal Charity Classic in terms of making a donation to help kids throughout the state,” Conrad said. “When you chip in for charity, tickets to the tournament are your receipt and your reward. We hope everyone will make a donation and then come out and join us for some fantastic golf and great community fun to tee off the summer.”
For more information about the Principal Charity Classic, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.principalcharityclassic.com.
About the Principal Charity Classic
The Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo is an annual PGA TOUR Champions event focused on philanthropic giving. This premier golf event raises contributions for the tournament’s “FORE Our Kids” charities, including: 1) Tournament Charity Partners, select organizations that provide a broad level of support to children of Iowa in the areas of education and culture, financial security and stability, and/or health and wellness. These organizations are supported through net proceeds of the tournament; and 2) Birdies for Charity Partners, which includes more than 100 additional children’s charities across Iowa that receive support through individual pledges and contributions made prior to and during the tournament.
The 2016 Principal Charity Classic tournament will be played May 31-June 5 at Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information on the charities and the tournament, visit principalcharityclassic.com, or via Facebook or Twitter.
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About PGA TOUR Champions
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golfers age 50 and older, with the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game – including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, which compete regularly in its events. PGA TOUR Champions is where Legends play, and is home to The Ultimate Clubhouse. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The primary purpose of PGA TOUR Champions 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, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2016, the newly-introduced Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs will identify and recognize the Tour’s leading player via a season-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Greg McLaughlin is President of PGA TOUR Champions. The PGA TOUR’s website 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 and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.