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Johnson and Phelps to join Jeter at AmFam Championship
Former Masters, British Open champion and Olympian to participate in celebrity foursome hosted by Andy North
Two-time major winner and 2023 U.S. Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson and Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, will join baseball Hall of Famer Derek Jeter in this year’s AmFam Champ Celebrity Foursome hosted by Andy North.
The Celebrity Foursome is a fan favorite at the PGA TOUR Champions American Family Insurance Championship, which begins Friday, June 9 at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison. Following the final grouping of tournament play on Saturday, June 10, the celebrities will play a 9-hole exhibition for charity starting on the 10th hole. The expected tee time is 2 p.m.
“We’re very excited to welcome Zach and Michael to this year’s Celebrity Foursome,” said North, the Wisconsin native who continues to give back to the Madison community through his charitable work. “When you talk about athletes who have competed and won at the highest levels of sport, you know they’ll be ready to play.”
Johnson, who this fall will lead the U.S. team to Rome, Italy, for the Ryder Cup, has 12 career wins, including the 2007 Masters title and 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews, which he won in a 4-hole playoff. He is only the sixth golfer to win majors at Augusta and St. Andrews. A touring professional since 1998, he has played in five Ryder Cups and four Presidents Cups.
Phelps, an avid golfer who has participated in several Pro-Ams including the Ryder Cup, Waste Management Open and Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest athletes. He holds 28 Olympic medals, including 23 gold. In 2008, he established the Michael Phelps Foundation to promote water safety, healthy living and the pursuit of dreams, especially for children. The Foundation has provided learn-to-swim, healthy living (emotional and physical), and goal-setting programming to more than 250,000 children and young adults around the world through strategic partnerships with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Special Olympics International and the Level Field Fund. The Michael Phelps Foundation will host an inaugural fundraiser on September 18 in Scottsdale, Arizona, Tee it Up.
North, a two-time U.S. Open champion (1978, 1985) with over 600 career starts on tour, will be hosting the celebrity foursome event for the fifth time. Derek Jeter, an American Family brand ambassador who was a 14-time All-Star and five-time World Series Champion for the New York Yankees, will be playing in the group a fourth time.
Tournament ticket information
Tickets for the American Family Insurance Championship are available for purchase at amfamchampionship.com. Tickets, which can be used for any one day of the tournament, and prices include:
- Adult general admission ticket: $25
- Champions ticket (age 50 years or older): $15
- Youth general admission ticket (with paid adult): Free
- Active duty, reserve and retired military personnel ticket: Free
- First responder ticket: Free
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About the American Family Insurance Championship
The American Family Insurance Championship was created in 2016 by American Family Insurance, PGA TOUR Champions and PGA TOUR player and Wisconsin native Steve Stricker. Since its inception, the championship and associated events have raised nearly $15 million for the American Family Children’s Hospital and other charities. The 2023 championship will be held June 3-11 at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information: Web: amfamchampionship.com; Twitter: @AmFamChamp; Facebook: American Family Insurance Championship; Instagram: amfamchampionship. #AmFamChamp
About PGA TOUR Champions
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older, including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back and generate significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities. Follow PGA TOUR Champions online at PGATOUR.com, on Facebook, on Twitter (@ChampionsTour), on Instagram (@pgatourchampions) and on TikTok (pgatourchampions).
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