International field taking shape for AmFam Champ
Alker, Els, Goosen, Jimenez, Montgomerie and Singh commit to 2023 tournament
The strength of the international player field continues to build for the 2023 American Family Insurance Championship with the recent commitments of Steven Alker, Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Miguel Angel Jimenz, Colin Montgomerie and Vijay Singh, among other notables.
The international competitors will play in this year’s AmFam Champ June 9-11 at University Ridge Golf Course. They join previously announced players: 2022 defending champion Thongchai Jaidee, tournament player-host Steve Stricker, two-time champion Jerry Kelly, and past AmFam Champ winners Kirk Triplett and Scott McCarron.
Steven Alker, of New Zealand, has six PGA TOUR Champions wins, one this year (Insperity Invitational) and four last season, including the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, which qualified him for the field in the 105th PGA Championship, held last week at Oak Hill Country Club. Through the week ending May 22, 2023, he is third on the Charles Schwab Cup Money List (Steve Stricker ranks first).
Stephen Ames, of Canada, is a two-time winner so far this season, capturing the Trophy Hassan II and Mitsubishi Electric Classic event, earlier this month. He currently ranks 5th on the money list.
Darren Clarke, of Northern Ireland, has four career wins, including the 2022 Senior Open Championship in Scotland. He is best known for his victory at the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s in England, one of his three PGA TOUR victories. He has won 21 tournaments worldwide, played five times for the European Ryder Cup Team and was captain of the squad in 2016. He currently ranks 20th on the Charles Schwab Cup Money List.
K.J. Choi, of South Korea, has one top 10 finish this season and one career win in 2020. The 2011 winner of THE PLAYERS Championship, he has eight career wins on the PGA TOUR as well as 10 international titles.
Ernie Els, of South Africa, returns to the field for the second time. He has three career wins on PGA TOUR Champions, including one this season, the Hoag Classic. Currently fourth on the money list, he has recorded 21 top five finishes. A former world No. 1 with 47 international wins and 19 career victories on the PGA TOUR, the four-time major winner was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.
Retief Goosen, of South Africa, is one of the most consistent players on PGA TOUR Champions and at the AmFam Champ, where he has recorded two top-five finishes in three appearances. So far this season he has registered three top 10 finishes. A member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, class of 2019, Goosen has 24 international wins and won seven times on the PGA TOUR, including triumphs at the U.S. Open in 2001 and 2007.
Miguel Angel Jimenez, of Spain, has earned 13 PGA TOUR Champions titles, including three last season, and currently ranks sixth on the money list. Jimenez, who finished second at the 2021 AmFam Champ, holds 21 titles on the European Tour and played for the European Ryder Cup team four times.
Robert Karlsson, of Sweden, currently 8th on the official money list, has four top 10 finishes so far in 2023. He owns 11 international titles and has played on two European Ryder Cup teams.
Colin Montgomerie, known by fans as “Monty,” has seven PGA TOUR Champions titles, including three majors, along with 42 international wins. A Scotland native who is currently 18th on the money list, he’s played on eight European Ryder Cup teams and captained the team in 2010. This year marks his sixth return to University Ridge.
Vijay Singh is making his fifth appearance at the AmFam Champ. His 34 wins on the PGA TOUR include three major championships; the Masters (2000) and two PGA Championships (1998, 2004). A native of Fiji, he has four PGA TOUR Champions wins, including a major, the 2018 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, and the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2005, Singh has 22 international victories and played on eight Presidents Cup teams.
In 2022, 11 countries were represented at the AmFam Champ by international players. The 2023 final field will be announced Friday, June 2.
Tournament ticket information
Tickets for the American Family Insurance Championship are available for purchase at amfamchampionship.com. Tickets, which can be used for any one day of the tournament, and prices include:
- Adult general admission ticket: $25
- Champions ticket (age 50 years or older): $20
- Youth general admission ticket (with paid adult): Free
- Active duty, reserve and retired military personnel ticket: Free
- First responder ticket: Free
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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 TOUR player and Wisconsin native Steve Stricker. Since its inception, the championship and associated events have raised nearly $15 million for the American Family Children’s Hospital and other charities. The 2023 championship will be held June 3-11 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
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