The 2019 American Family Insurance Championship added considerably Wednesday to its European flavor.
World Golf Hall of Famers Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie and Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, who had a combined 22 Ryder Cup appearances between them, have committed to the fourth annual PGA Tour Champions event. It will be held June 21 through 23 at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison.
They join tournament host Steve Stricker, fellow Madison golfer Jerry Kelly, past AmFam champions Scott McCarron and Kirk Triplett, Darren Clarke, Retief Goosen and Chris DiMarco, who earlier made commitments. The full 78-player field for the championship will be set June 14.
Bernhard Langer, of Germany, won last year's Charles Schwab Cup, a season-long competition he has won a record five times. He is second this year, trailing only McCarron.
Langer ranks second in PGA Tour Champions history with 39 career victories, trailing only Hale Irwin’s 45. Langer’s three wins on the PGA Tour included two Masters titles, in 1985 and 1993. He has played on 10 European Ryder Cup teams, and captained the team in 2004.
Jimenez, known worldwide under his nicknames “The Mechanic” and “The Most Interesting Golfer in the World,” earned his seventh PGA Tour Champions title with his win earlier this year at the Chubb Classic. Jimenez holds 21 titles on the European Tour, and played for the European Ryder Cup team four times.
Montgomerie, of Scotland, finished in a tie for third at the 2018 American Family Insurance Championship, shooting a 64 in the final round. He has six PGA Tour Champions titles to his credit, including three majors, along with 42 international wins. He’s played on eight European Ryder Cup teams, and captained the team in 2010.