The Black Knight, Golden Bear and the Merry Mex will be bringing nine of their friends for a return trip to the Insperity Invitational presented by UnitedHealthcare for the sixth annual 3M Greats of Golf competition on May 6, 2017.
Patrons of the PGA TOUR Champions event at The Woodlands Country Club Tournament Course will have a special opportunity to see 12 of the greatest legends of the game tee it up in an always memorable exhibition round, which has become tradition Saturday afternoon at the award-winning tournament.
Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Lee Trevino will play in an 18-hole scramble format against three other newly-formed teams composed of Dave Stockton, Hale Irwin and Charles Coody; Tm Weiskopf, David Graham and Tony Jacklin, along with Fuzzy Zoeller, Ben Crenshaw and Bill Rogers.
“This is a special and unique opportunity for any golf fan to not only see the current-day stars, but to also see some of the greatest men to ever tee it up professionally,” said Bryan Naugle, Executive Director, Insperity Invitational. “This collection of 12 legends are true ambassadors to the sport whose legacies include a parade of champions who have followed in their footsteps. Regardless of your age, Saturday at the Insperity Invitational is about being part of something special that promises to inspire.”
Responsible for the birth of the PGA TOUR Champions, the 12-pack of golf’s legends have combined to win 173 times on the PGA TOUR including an unprecedented 49 major titles. They went on to capture 105 more victories, including 30 major wins, on the back nine of their careers while teeing it up on the senior circuit.
The 3M Greats of Golf will tee off at approximately 12:30 p.m., following the last official tee time of Saturday’s official competition.
Admission to the tournament is free on Saturday courtesy of Woodforest National Bank. The first thousand fans through the main gate will receive a tournament logoed hat that pays tribute to Arnold Palmer.
The presence of golf’s greats will be felt throughout the week at the Insperity Invitational while attending special events like the inaugural Breakfast with Champions to benefit Inspiration Ranch, May 4 at 8 a.m.
Special Champions from Inspiration Ranch will be joined by World Golf Hall of Famer Hale Irwin, who won 65 times on the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions, along with Master Champion and one of the most entertaining men on Tour, Fuzzy Zoeller, and the smooth-swinging Don January – who captured 32 victories of his own on the regular and 50+ swing.
Tables can be purchased for $800. Individual seats are also available for $100. Go to www.insperityinvitational.com to purchase your tickets.
The Woodlands Country Club Tournament Course will welcome 79 players representing 13 countries around the world spanning across North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Oceania. This year’s field which features seven World Golf Hall of Fame members, has combined to win 343 times on the PGA TOUR including 25 major victories. They also bring 233 victories on the 50 plus circuit including 44 PGA TOUR Champions major titles with them to sounthern Texas.
The impressive line-up of the game’s greatest names also includes defending champ Jesper Parnevik, Fred Couples, Mark O’Meara, Tom Kite, Colin Montgomerie, Mark Calcaveccia; John Daly; Fred Funk; Jay Haas; Tom Lehman; hometown boy Jeff
Maggert; Rocco Mediate; Corey Pavin; Kenny Perry; Esteban Toledo; rookie David Toms; Ian Woosnam and Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, who is making his first trip to the Insperity Invitational.
The only invitational format on the PGA TOUR Champions provides players eight categories of eligibility to compete in the prestigious event. Complete field list can be found at http://www.insperityinvitational.com/media/player-field-media/