Rickie Fowler, Tony Finau, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Matthew Wolff Join Phil Mickelson in The American Express™ Player Field
Today during a press conference at The American Express™ Media Day at PGA WEST, American Express® and Lagardère Sports announced that top-ranked PGA TOUR players and 2018 Ryder Cup competitors Rickie Fowler, Tony Finau, Francesco Molinari and Paul Casey, as well as rising star Matthew Wolff, have committed to the field joining three-time Masters Champion and PGA TOUR player host Phil Mickelson.
Fowler, Molinari and Casey were each winners on the PGA TOUR last season and each made their respective 2018 Ryder Cup teams. Fowler is a five-time winner on the PGA TOUR while Molinari and Casey each have three PGA TOUR wins. Molinari is also a major champion as he won the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links in 2018.
Wolff took the PGA TOUR by storm this past summer when he claimed his first PGA TOUR win at the 3M Open in July. After turning professional in June at just 20 years old, Wolff received a sponsor exemption to enter the 3M Open and won the even in a playoff over Bryson DeChambeau and Collin Morikawa. He became just the seventh player to win in his fourth career start or earlier and the first player since Jordan Spieth to win before his 21st birthday.
Tony Finau is ranked #16 in the Official World Golf Rankings and was chosen by Tiger Woods as a Captain’s Pick on the United States Presidents Cup team. Finau also played in the 2018 Ryder Cup with Fowler, Molinari and Casey.
“I’m excited to announce I’ll be playing in The American Express in La Quinta, California in January. I’m a proud American Express ambassador and I know from my experience with them as a partner, as well as their long-standing presence in golf, that they will bring a world-class experience for fans and players alike, to an event that is rich in history on our Tour,” said Finau.
The recent announcements including American Express as the event title sponsor, Phil Mickelson as PGA TOUR host, The Mickelson Foundation as the event host organization and musical performances by Stevie Nicks and Luke Bryan have continued to add excitement and positive momentum to The American Express. The early commitments from this group of elite players will continue to add to that.
“We are thrilled with the commitments of PGA TOUR winners and popular fan favorites Rickie Fowler, Tony Finau, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey and Matthew Wolff. These players provide proven star power to the event,” said Jeff Sanders, President of Golf Events for Lagardère Sports. “It is very exciting to welcome American Express as our new title sponsor, our fan favorite host Phil Mickelson as well as many of the best golfers in the world to PGA West in January.”
The American Express will be played at the iconic PGA WEST Stadium, PGA WEST Nicklaus and La Quinta Country Club courses, January 16-19, 2020.
Daily event tickets are on sale now for just $35 for Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and $50 for Friday and Saturday. American Express Card Members will receive a 20% discount on tickets, as well as on all concessions and merchandise at the tournament. All tickets include admission to the PGA TOUR golf tournament and three on-course hospitality venues: the Albertsons Vons Pavilions Club 18, Casamigos Tequila Club 17 and Michelob Ultra Beers fore Birdies.
Friday and Saturday tickets will also include admission to the concert after golf on the PGA WEST driving range. Friday night will feature Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stevie Nicks and taking the stage on Saturday night will be country music superstar Luke Bryan.
There are no cover charges or upgraded tickets needed for admission to the on-course hospitality venues or to attend the concerts.
For more event information and to buy tickets please visit www.TheAmexGolf.com.
By Blake Arthur
Jeff Sanders sat down with Sports Director Blake Arthur to talk about this year's tournament, which has a new name and new host in golf legend Phil Mickelson.
The American Express, the annual PGA TOUR event in our valley, is from January 15-19th in La Quinta. This is the 61st edition of the tournament, formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic.
In addition to golf, there is a concert series, featuring Stevie Nicks and Luke Bryan. Fans can watch golf and enjoy music for $50 per day ($40 for American Express cardholders).
Stay with KESQ for continuing coverage of the tournament. For more on The American Express golf tournament, visit their website at theamexgolf.com.