International champions Cejka, Clarke and Parnevik join the AmFam Champ field
Madison’s Mario Tiziani will also play under an invitational sponsor’s exemption
Alex Cejka, Darren Clarke and Jesper Parnevik, winners of PGA TOUR Champions titles and tournaments across the globe, are coming to Madison to play in the 2021 American Family Insurance Championship.
The championship is also adding a fourth hometown player, as Mario Tiziani will make his debut on PGA TOUR Champions under an invitational sponsor’s exemption. Tiziani, two-time winner on the Canadian Tour, joins his brother-in-law and tournament player-host Steve Stricker, Jerry Kelly and Andy North.
The 54-hole championship will be held June 11-13 at University Ridge golf course in Madison. Tickets are available at amfamchampionship.com.
In his first year on PGA TOUR Champions, Alex Cejka has already claimed a major title, winning the Regions Tradition in a playoff with Stricker after getting into the field as an alternate. The title earned him full exemption status on the tour. A native of the Czech Republic, Cejka has one PGA TOUR win (2015 Puerto Rico Open) and 11 international titles.
Darren Clarke, of Northern Ireland, is best known for his victory at the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s in England. He’s won 20 tournaments worldwide, including two PGA TOUR Champions titles. He’s also played five times for the European Ryder Cup Team and was captain of the team in 2016.
Jesper Parnevik, of Sweden, is a five-time winner on the PGA TOUR and won his sole PGA TOUR Champions title at the 2016 Insperity Invitational. Known for his distinct attire and the flipped-up bill of his cap, Parnevik competed on three European Ryder Cup teams.
Mario Tiziani is a former player on the University of Wisconsin golf team, earning Big Ten freshman of the year honors in 1989. He played on the Canadian Tour from 1999 to 2004, winning the 2003 Northern Ontario Open and the 2002 Panama Open, an unofficial event. In his 12th attempt, he qualified to play full-time on the PGA TOUR in 2005 and played on the Nationwide Tour in 2006 and 2007. Tiziani is the brother of Steve Stricker’s wife, Nicki, and son of legendary Wisconsin golf pro Dennis Tiziani.
Tickets available for purchase
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, attendance at this year’s American Family Insurance Championship will be limited to 5,000 per day, with measures in accordance with local and state protocols.
Tickets for tournament play can be purchased on a per-day basis, with special admission opportunities for military personnel, first responders and children 18 and under. To learn more, go to amfamchampionship.com.
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About the American Family Insurance Championship
The American Family Insurance Championship was created in 2016 by American Family Insurance, PGA TOUR Champions and PGA player and Wisconsin native Steve Stricker. Since its inception, the championship and associated events have raised $10.2 million for the American Family Children’s Hospital and other charities. The 2021 championship will be held June 5-13 at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information: Web: 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 34 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. Follow PGA TOUR Champions online at PGATOUR.com, at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.
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. Tournament programming is available via 25+ TV linear partners in 145+ countries and territories, with 25 channels carrying long-form and/or highlights coverage, and 200+ hours of live coverage distributed in 135+ countries and territories. Programming is also available via the OTT platform GOLFTV powered by PGA TOUR in every market outside of the United States, excluding China and Korea, with live coverage distributed in 130+ countries and territories.