Round of the day
Couples played flawless golf over the last 18 holes -- he went bogey-free over the final 28 -- and shot a 6-under-par 66 to stride past second-round leader Paul Broadhurst and edge runner-up Scott Verplank (69) for his second win of 2017 and fifth multi-win season since turning 50 in 2010.
With two wildly successful years behind them, Am Fam officials consider at least an occasional stop in the Milwaukee market -- several golfers spoke nostalgically of a return to Brown Deer Park GC -- as they look to position the tournament for future growth.
His 15-under-par 273 total was one shot better than Horizon League player of the year Peter Webb of Madison, a former Valparaiso golfer who finished 70-68 but missed a short par putt on the 72nd hole that would have forced sudden death.
The Madison golfer salvages a 69 and remains three strokes behind leader Paul Broadhurst as plenty of drama remains as the celebrity foursome exits University Ridge. And this one will have a winner.
Stricker enjoys his first official day inside the ropes of the PGA Tour Champions event he hosts but knows he'll need two more just like it to have a chance at winning the event in the first year he is eligible to play.
After getting into the tournament following Mark Wiebe's withdrawal, he shoots 65 and trailed only Paul Broadhurst (63) after 18 holes of the 54-hole event.
Images from Day 1 of the second annual American Family Insurance Championship at University Ridge GC in Madison.
Edgerton native and tournament host Steve Stricker, Madison natives Jerry Kelly and Jim Schuman and Milwaukee native Skip Kendall, who grew up in the golden era of Wisconsin golf, will carry the state banner into the first round of the second annual PGA Tour champions event.
More than an inch of rain fell overnight Friday, validating the Thursday decision by tournament officials to move general parking for the first round of the American Family Insurance Championship to back-up locations at Verona High School and Badger Ridge Middle School (300 Richard Street, Verona).
The CBS and Golf Channel analyst, who hasn't played in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event since 2015, is planning to give the PGA Tour Champions a try later this summer after he turns 60 and celebrates 30 years since winning his first major.
Couples, who hasn’t played since finishing tied for 13th place May 7 at the Insperity Invitational in Houston, makes his Am Fam debut at No. 5 on the Charles Schwab Cup money list.
He will be replaced in the field by Bill Glasson. Daly is the sixth golfer to withdraw from the tournament since the field was set two weeks ago.
The opinionated Englishman will play the first round Friday with former European Tour rivals Ian Woosnam and Nick Faldo at University Ridge GC in Madison.
They will be followed by tournament host and Edgerton native Steve Stricker, who will be playing with Fred Couples and defending champion Kirk Triplett at 9:30 a.m.
The coach of the ultra-successful University of Illinois men's golf program will come to University Ridge late Thursday morning after trying to chase down his fourth PGA Professionals Championship in Oregon and before playing in the U.S. Senior Open in Massachusetts.
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The PGA Tour Champions veteran shoots 67 at the Legend at Bergamont in Oregon to finish tied for second behind Kent Jones and earn a spot in the main draw for the second annual Am Fam Championship.
Two of the bigger names in this week's American Family Insurance Championship have pulled out of the field, it was announced Monday.
The 50-year-old PGA Tour Champions rookie shoots his second straight 69 to close out his second straight 16th-place finish in a major, but admits he'll thoroughly enjoy his advantage as a long hitter
As the 78-golfer field is finalized Friday, the 15-time PGA Tour winner gives yet another boost to a field that features nine prominent first-time participants, including Madison's Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly.
After receiving one of three sponsor's exemptions into the PGA Tour Champions event in his hometown, the two-time Wisconsin State Open champion qualifies for the upcoming U.S. Senior Open in Peabody, Massachusetts.
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They will team with two-time U.S. Open champion Andy North in two yet-to-be announced teams and follow the final group of the day in the second round through the back nine in a scramble format.
Will McCarron, ranked second on the Charles Schwab Cup money list, inspire No. 1 Bernhard Langer to join the field at University Ridge GC in Madison?
The Madison golfers have turned 50 and will headline a field that also includes John Daly, Vijay Singh, Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie.
The 59-year-old Faldo was a late addition to news earlier in the day that Daly, Billy Andrade, Rocco Mediate and Duffy Waldorf would play in the second Am Fam Championship.
They join Stricker, fellow Madison golfer Jerry Kelly and Milwaukee native Skip Kendall, who were the first three golfers announced last week for the second annual PGA Tour Champions event .