With over 160 prestigious private and public golf courses paired with its year-round tropical climate, Palm Beach County is acclaimed as Florida’s Golf Capital®. The string of events in the coming weeks will attest to that with the return of PGA Champions TOUR.
The Allianz Championship, the first full-field PGA Champions Tour event of the season, will tee-off with a celebrated roster of golf legends at the Old Course at Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton for the tenth consecutive year from February 1-7, 2016. Tournament week is jam-packed with interactive “events within the event” before and during championship play with opportunities for “up close and personal” interaction with pros for golf fans of all ages.
As the first in the early-season Florida swing, tournament play will include 2015 defending champion, Paul Goydos and golf legends such as Tom Lehman, Bernard Langer, Corey Pavin, Nick Price, Colin Montgomerie, Mark O’Meara, Tom Kite, and Ben Crenshaw, all vying for the winner’s share of a $1.8 million purse. The total field consists of 78 Champions Tour golfers, competing in 54-hole stroke play.
In addition to three days of championship play, the Allianz Championship features a Women’s Day event, “Look Good, Feel Good, Play Good” which showcases women’s golf fashion, provides exercises to play better golf and a Clinic & Pro-Am with LGPA legend and eight-time “Player of the Year” Annika Sorenstam; two days of Executive Pro-Am play pairing participants with PGA pros; and the Family Day.
In 2015, the Allianz Championship delivered $15 million in economic impact to the community, drew nearly 70,000 spectators, was viewed by 3.4 million people with all three championship rounds televised live by the Golf Channel, and raised $300,000 for the Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities which spreads the monies to the Boca Raton Regional Hospital and many other South Florida charities.
Tournament play at the Allianz Championship will tee off at 10AM during the opening round (February 5) and the second round (February 6), with the final round (February 7) beginning at 9am. General admission is only $20 and free for children 17 and younger.
For more tournament information, call 561-241-GOLF (4653) or visit www.allianzchampionship.com.