Two-Time Defending Champion Miguel Angel Jimenez Leads Field for 2018 Rapiscan Systems Classic at Fallen Oak
Tournament Will Air on the Golf Channel March 23 - 25
(Mar. 23) –With seven World Golf Hall of Famers, 16 PGA TOUR Champions Tour major winners and 14 PGA TOUR major championship winners overall, the 2018 Rapiscan Systems Classic will boast one of the strongest fields ever playing Fallen Oak. Twenty-nine of the Top 30 on the Charles Schwab Cup Money List, and 45 of the Top 50, are competing at Fallen Oak March 23-25.
Two-time defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez will defend his title against some of the best players in the world, including former champions Fred Couples, Jeff Maggert, David Frost, Tom Lehman and Michael Allen.
Couples is joined in the field by fellow World Golf Hall of Fame members Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Larry Nelson, Mark O’Meara, Vijay Singh and Ian Woosnam.
The 16 PGA TOUR Champions major winners account for 33 major wins on tour. In addition, six Masters Tournament champions are in the field.
All Good-Any-Day Grounds tickets for Thursday through Sunday of the tournament are free, courtesy of Coca-Cola. Additional hospitality and upgraded tickets options are available for purchase online. For more information or to secure complimentary tickets, visit www.rapiscansystemsclassic.com
The newly-named Rapiscan Systems Classic is a non-profit PGA TOUR Champions golf tournament in South Mississippi. The tournament debuted eight years ago and takes place at MGM Resort International’s award-winning Tom Fazio-designed golf course Fallen Oak
Each year, the tournament draws large crowds and puts the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the national spotlight, thanks to live coverage from The Golf Channel. The purse for the three-day competition is $1.6 million, and 78 PGA TOUR Champions players will participate.
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older, including 35 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. In 2018, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 27 tournaments across the United States, Scotland and Canada, with purses totaling more than $56 million. The Charles Schwab Cup, which includes the Regular Season and the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, is used to determine the season-long champion. All events are televised in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel, the exclusive cable-television partner of PGA TOUR Champions. Internationally, telecasts air in excess of 190 countries and territories, reaching more than 330 million potential households. Follow PGA TOUR Champions online at PGATOUR.com, at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.
Allen, Michael Goodes, Mike Pavin, Corey
Ames, Stephen Hamilton, Todd Pernice Jr., Tom
Andrade, Billy Henninger, Brian Petrovic, Tim
Armour III, Tommy Horgan III, P.H. Quinn, Fran
Austin, Woody Huston, John Sauers, Gene
Blake, Jay Don Janzen, Lee Short Jr., Wes
Bradley, Michael Jimenez, Miguel Angel Sindelar, Joey
Broadhurst, Paul Jobe, Brandt Singh, Vijay
Brooks, Mark Jones, Kent Sluman, Jeff
Browne, Olin Kelly, Jerry Smith, Jerry
Bryant, Bart Langer, Bernhard Spittle, Rod
Byrum, Tom Lehman, Tom Stricker, Steve
Calcavecchia, Mark Lowery, Steve Sutherland, Kevin
Cochran, Russ Maggert, Jeff Tanigawa, Ken
Couples, Fred Mayfair, Billy Thorpe, Jim
Day, Glen McCarron, Scott Toledo, Esteban
Dunlap, Scott McKenzie, David Tolles, Tommy
Durant, Joe Mediate, Rocco Triplett, Kirk
Flesch, Steve Mize, Larry Tway, Bob
Forsman, Dan Montgomerie, Colin Verplank, Scott
Franco, Carlos Nelson, Larry Waite, Grant
Frost, David O’Meara, Mark Waldorf, Duffy
Funk, Fred Parel, Scott Wood, Willie
Gallagher, Jr., Jim Parnevik, Jesper Woosnam, Ian
Garwood, Doug Pate, Steve
For more information on PGA TOUR Champions, please PGATOUR.com
About Rapiscan Systems
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About PGA TOUR Champions
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golf’s most recognizable and accomplished players, age 50 and older, including 35 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. In 2017, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 26 tournaments in 18 states, Japan, Wales and Canada, with purses totaling more than $55 million. The Charles Schwab Cup, which includes the Regular Season and the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, is used to determine the season-long champion. All events are televised in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel, the exclusive cable-television partner of PGA TOUR Champions. Internationally, telecasts air live, tape-delayed or in a highlights-package format in excess of 190 countries and territories, reaching more than 330 million potential households. The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.
About Fallen Oak
The Tom Fazio-designed Fallen Oak epitomizes the quiet elegance found in many of the world’s great golf courses. Joining the heralded Shadow Creek as the only golf courses built exclusively for MGM Resorts International guests, Fallen Oak is located 15 minutes outside of Biloxi at the edge of the DeSoto National Forest. The 7,487-yard course has earned more than 32 national honors for a masterful design that features dramatic elevation changes rarely seen at a Gulf Coast course and five sets of tees intended to challenge golfers of all abilities. For more information on Fallen Oak,
Mary Cracchiolo Spain, MGM Resorts International, 228-386-7134, email@example.com