Principal Charity Classic

The Principal Charity Classic is an exciting, family-friendly event that contributes greatly to the economic vitality and quality of life in Central Iowa.

The event attracts a strong field of professional players, including 2016 champion Scott McCarron, John Daly, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Mark Calcavecchia, Jay Haas, Jesper Parnevik, Tom Lehman, Fuzzy Zoeller, Fred Funk and many more. Massive galleries lend a level of excitement that makes this tournament one of the finest stops on the PGA TOUR Champions schedule.

Best of all, the Principal Charity Classic serves as a catalyst in raising money for Iowa non-profit organizations supporting children. Since 2007, the event has contributed nearly $10 million to Iowa children’s charities.

Course: Wakonda Club

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Tournament Course Par: 72

Tournament Course Yardage: Estimated 6,833 total yards

Format: Three-day, 54-hole stroke-play competition; no cut

Field: 78 PGA TOUR Champions players

Purse: $1,750,000

2017 Champion: Brandt Jobe

2017 Attendance: 81,550

Volunteers: 1,200

Economic Impact: Estimated $23 million

Supporting “FORE Our Kids” Charities:

  • Tournament Charity Partners
    • Blank Children’s Hospital
    • Bravo Greater Des Moines
    • Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
    • Mercy Medical Center
    • United Way of Central Iowa
    • Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa
  • More than 150 Birdies For Charity organizations across the state of Iowa

Principal Charity Classic Champions

Brandt Jobe
2017

Tom Pernice, Jr.
2014

Bob Gilder
2011

Jay Haas
2008

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Scott McCarron
2016

Russ Cochran
2013

Nick Price
2010

Jay Haas
2007

Mark Calcavecchia
2015

Jay Haas
2012

Mark McNulty
2009

Champions

Scott McCarron
2016

Mark Calcavecchia
2015

Tom Pernice, Jr.
2014

Russ Cochran
2013

Jay Haas
2012

Bob Gilder
2011

Nick Price
2010

Mark McNulty
2009

Jay Haas
2008

Jay Haas
2007

Attendance
  • 2017: 81,550
  • 2016: 83,389
  • 2015: 77,363
  • 2014: 73,843
  • 2013: 73,686
  • 2012: 76,177
  • 2011: 74,985
  • 2010: 73,909
  • 2009: 71,382
  • 2008: 64,594
  • 2007: 60,060
Charitable Contributions
  • 2017: TBD
  • 2016: $2,053,725
  • 2015: $1,402,487
  • 2014: $1,367,749
  • 2013: $1,032,500
  • 2012: $917,729
  • 2011: $750,000
  • 2010: $620,000
  • 2009: $500,000
  • 2008: $605,000
  • 2007: $575,000
Birdie Count
  • 2017: 821
  • 2016: 883
  • 2015: 868
  • 2014: 843
  • 2013: 707
  • 2012: 790
  • 2011: 879
  • 2010: 795
  • 2009: 787
  • 2008: 721
  • 2007: 752

Total Charitable Contributions

$9,824,190

Tournament Recognition and Awards

2016: Named the PGA TOUR Champions 2016 Tournament of the Year as winner of PGA TOUR’s prestigious “President’s Award.”

2016: Set first round (25,058 – June 3) and second round (26,719 – June 4) single-day attendance records, as well as a new 3-day Championship rounds (June 3-5) attendance record of 83,389.

2013: PGA TOUR Champions Charity of the Year Recipient and single-day attendance record on Sunday, June 2, with 33,377 spectators

2011, 2012 and 2013: #1 on PGA TOUR Champions in Tournament-Generated Proceeds to Charity

2012: Outstanding Corporate/Foundation Philanthropists by Central Iowa Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals

2011: Iowa Tourism Award for Outstanding Event/Festival

2011: Sport Friend of Hospitality Award by Greater Des Moines CVB

2010: PGA TOUR Champions Player Award (Rated Top Event by PGA TOUR Champions Players)

2009: PGA TOUR Champions Best Managed Event (Rated by PGA TOUR Champions Tournament Business Affairs)