It’s been well-documented how difficult is to say no to Steve Stricker when it comes to golfers coming to the American Family Insurance Championship.
Just ask Billy Andrade, Scott McCarron, Kevin Sutherland, Lee Janzen, Rocco Mediate and Kenny Perry. Or yes, yes, yes, yes, yes and — wait for it — yes.
Stricker, the tournament host of the PGA Tour Champions event in the city where he lives (Madison), and his staff at the Am Fam Championship gained commitments Tuesday from six more popular players on the senior circuit. They will join a deep field that already features Stricker, fellow Madisonian Jerry Kelly, Bernhard Langer, John Daly, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Colin Montgomerie for the third annual event at University Ridge GC.
Others who have said they will be in attendance June 22 through 24 for the 54-hole gathering include: Joe Durant, David Toms and Jay Haas. Eligible players have until June 15 to commit to the 2018 championship.
Sutherland won the 2017 Charles Schwab Cup playoffs, culminating with his triumph at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, his first victory on PGA Tour Champions. The only player to shoot 59 in PGA Tour Champions history (at the 2014 Dick’s Sporting Goods Open), Sutherland had 15 top-10 finishes in 2017, finishing second three times and third twice.
McCarron is coming off his most successful year as a professional in 2017, winning four times among 14 top-10 finishes on PGA Tour Champions. He ranks 11th on the Charles Schwab Cup standings this year with four top-10 finishes in nine events, highlighted by a runner-up finish to Vijay Singh at the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, California.
Andrade is a three-time winner on PGA Tour Champions since turning 50 in 2014. He already has four top-10 finishes this season, including the Rapiscan Systems Classic in March when he placed second to Stricker.
Janzen counts two U.S. Open wins among his eight PGA TOUR titles. His holds one PGA Tour Champions title, and already has achieved two top-10 finishes this year, including a runner-up finish at the Chubb Classic in February.
Mediate has won three times since joining the PGA Tour Champions in 2013, including one major, the 2016 Senior PGA Championship. He has four top-10 finishes this year. He is a six-time PGA Tour winner and was runner-up to Tiger Woods in a famous duel at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego.
Perry, who missed the first four months of the season recovering from right shoulder surgery, is a nine-time winner on PGA Tour Champions, with his last win at the 2017 U.S. Senior Open. He holds 14 PGA Tour titles, including the 2003 Greater Milwaukee Open.
Tickets for the American Family Insurance Championship are available at AmFamChampionship.com/tickets, with special discounts for certain tickets purchased before June 18, including:
• $5 off a $25 general admission ticket
• $5 off a $20 champions ticket (50 years +)
Active duty, reserve and retired military personnel can again enjoy a free three-day pass and any child 15 and under gets free admission to the tournament with a paid adult admission.