The American Express™ to Showcase Maroon 5 and Brad Paisley in its2022 Concert Series at PGA WEST Stadium Course from Jan. 21-22
Maroon 5 to perform Friday after second round of The American Express (PGA TOUR) on the PGA WEST Stadium Course driving range, and Brad Paisley takes the stage Saturday after third round; Concert Day Tickets – which include admission to the PGA TOUR golf tournament and the concert – are on sale at www.TheAmexGolf.com
LA QUINTA, CALIF. – The American Express™ announced today that iconic Los Angeles pop rock band Maroon 5 and heralded American country musician and songwriter Brad Paisley will comprise its musical lineup for its 2022 Concert Series Jan. 21-22 on the PGA WEST Stadium Course driving range at Coachella Valley’s annual PGA TOUR golf tournament.
Maroon 5 – currently featuring lead vocalist Adam Levine, keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Jesse Carmichael, lead guitarist James Valentine, drummer Matt Flynn, keyboardist P.J. Morton and multi-instrumentalist and bassist Sam Farrar – will open The American Express’ Concert Series after the conclusion of second-round play on Friday, Jan. 21, with Paisley taking the stage after the tournament’s third round on Saturday, Jan. 22.
The 2022 American Express features tournament host Phil Mickelson, the World Golf Hall of Famer and six-time major champion, among 156 professionals and 156 amateur golfers playing at PGA WEST’s Stadium Course and Nicklaus Tournament Course and La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta, Calif.
All ticket options for the 2022 American Express (Jan. 19-23) are currently on sale at the tournament’s official website, www.theamexgolf.com. Grounds tickets for Friday’s second round and Saturday’s third round are $125 for each day (includes admission to the golf tournament and post-round concert).
An upgraded ‘Champions Club’ ticket for the concert days (Jan. 21-22) – which entitles patrons to experience the PGA TOUR golf action while enjoying a hosted breakfast, lunch, snack and full bar in the Champions Club, preferred parking and exclusive concert viewing access near the stage – is $350 for each day.
“Our concert series should be quite the performance. Together with American Express, we will bring in world-renowned artists Maroon 5 and Brad Paisley to our fans while also potentially introducing music buffs to their first taste of professional golf,” said Pat McCabe, Executive Director of The American Express. “We believe we are meeting the musical interests of our fans in providing premium, topical musical entertainment for all to enjoy.”
For Capt. Herman Lopez, the $10,000 donation to the Hunter Lopez Memorial Scholarship Fund from The American Express PGA Tour event was just the latest sign that Hunter Lopez’ impact will live on.
“The support means a lot to us,” said Capt. Lopez, the father of Hunter Lopez, one of the 13 Marines killed in an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, in August. “Day one, when we heard the news on Aug. 26, the support not only of family and friends but the community, the sheriff’s department, the military, especially the Marines, has been great.
The American Express™ Donates $1.1 Million in Charitable ContributionsFrom the 2021 Tournament to 36 Coachella Valley Organizations
The 2021 amount increases the PGA TOUR event’s all-time donation total towards local desert charities to more than $63 million
LA QUINTA, CALIF. – The American Express™ announced a $1.1 million charitable donation from the 2021 PGA TOUR golf tournament to be distributed among 36 partner organizations in the Coachella Valley during a presentation Tuesday morning at La Quinta Country Club.
The American Express and The Mickelson Foundation – a 501(c)(3) organization and the tournament’s non-profit arm since 2019 – strive to provide funding to organizations that support health and wellness, youth sports, family support, education and homelessness. The American Express designated funding from the 2021 event (played January 21 to 24) to the following charitable organizations which serve the Coachella Valley:
Alzheimer's Association of Coachella Valley; Alzheimer's Coachella Valley; American Friends of Our Armed Forces; Autism Society Inland Empire; Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert; Big Horn Cares; Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City; Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley; Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Springs; Coachella Valley Rescue Mission; Desert Arc; Desert Cancer Foundation; Desert Sand Educational Foundation; Eisenhower Health; Food Now; First Tee Coachella Valley; Food in Need of Distribution; Galilee Center; Girl Friend Factor; Habitat for Humanity of the Coachella Valley, Inc.; Hansen House; Hunter Lopez Memorial Scholarship Fund; JFK Foundation/Ophelia Project; Life Stream Blood Bank; Martha's Village & Kitchen; Olive Crest; One Future Coachella Valley; Pegasus Riding Academy; Rebuilding America's Warriors; Shay's Warriors; SongShine Foundation; Stan & Bobbie Gold RiteCare Childhood Language Center; The Salvation Army; Tools For Tomorrow; Variety - The Children's Charity of the Desert; Volunteers in Medicine.
“The cornerstone of The American Express each year is to positively impact the local Coachella Valley community,” said Bess Spaeth, Senior Vice President, Global Brand Media and Experiences at American Express. “Giving back to our communities is part of who we are at American Express, which is why we couldn’t be prouder to see the charitable donation from the 2021 PGA TOUR golf tournament support such deserving organizations in the Coachella Valley.”
Since its inception in 1960 as the Palm Springs Golf Classic, Riverside County’s annual PGA TOUR golf event has generated more than $63 million for non-profit organizations dedicated to supporting Coachella Valley residents.
“Our tournament’s foremost mission will always be to serve as a caretaker to our community, with the perpetual goal of positively impacting the Coachella Valley,” said Pat McCabe, Executive Director of The American Express. “We are so thankful for the tremendous support of our title sponsor, American Express. Without its unwavering support of the tournament, none of this would be possible. The funds from the 2021 event will reach more than 30 local charitable organizations across the Coachella Valley and over $1 million is going to some of the most in need. We look forward to a bright future ahead in 2022 and beyond.”
The American Express is the first PGA TOUR regular season event in the continental U.S. each year and kicks off the TOUR’s West Coast swing in La Quinta, Calif. The 2022 tournament features 156 professionals and 156 amateur golfers playing a round each at PGA WEST’s Stadium Course and Nicklaus Tournament Course and La Quinta Country Club from Thursday, Jan. 20 through Saturday, Jan. 22, before playing the final round exclusively on the Stadium Course on Sunday, Jan. 23.
All ticket options for the 2022 American Express are currently on sale at the tournament’s official website, www.theamexgolf.com. Upon entering the tournament’s grounds at PGA WEST and La Quinta Country Club, all ticketholders must show their COVID-19 vaccination card at the tournament’s spectator entrance or show a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of tournament entry.
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Country Music Star Jake Owen and Retired U.S. Men’s Soccer Star Landon Donovan Join The American Express™ Charity Challenge with Phil Mickelson, Tony Finau and Paul Casey
LA QUINTA, CALIFORNIA –The American Express™ announced today that country music star Jake Owen and Landon Donovan, retired U.S. men’s professional soccer star, will be teaming up with PGA TOUR professionals Tony Finau and Paul Casey in The American Express Charity Challenge to raise $1 million to support local charities.
The Charity Challenge, which was announced in early January, will be hosted by 44-time PGA TOUR winner and World Golf Hall of Fame member Phil Mickelson and be broadcast live by Golf Channel, PGA TOUR LIVE, GOLFTV and on social platforms on Wednesday, January 20, at 2 p.m. PT.
The exhibition event will pair Finau and Donovan against Casey and Owen for a 9-hole match play event with a modified alternate shot format. Each team will be representing a charitable initiative with winnings donated via The Mickelson Foundation, the tournament’s host foundation. Finau and Donovan will play for ‘Youth Development and Education’ charities while Casey and Owen will play for ‘Health and Wellness’ charities.
In addition to serving as host and emcee, Mickelson will participate in the match through “Phil’s Challenges.” Mickelson will challenge Finau and Casey throughout the match at his discretion and can include long drives, closest to the pin or even trick shots. If the challenged player beats Mickelson, money will be donated to their charity initiative, but if they lose the challenge the money will go to the other team’s charity initiative.
When the match reaches the second to last hole – the par-3 17th hole known as Alcatraz – each player, including Mickelson, will get a shot at a one-million-dollar hole-in-one for charity. For any player that makes a hole-in-one, an additional one-million-dollars will go to Coachella Valley charities.
Since its introduction in 1960 as the Palm Springs Golf Classic, the tournament has generated more than $60 million for numerous nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting Coachella Valley residents. In December, the tournament announced that a $1 million donation had been distributed from the 2020 event to local Coachella Valley charities.
Showcasing its best player field in recent history, The American Express includes seven of the top 20 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, a dozen major champions and 14 past tournament champions, including every winner dating back to 2012, and 12 of its most recent 13 champs.
The tournament’s roster of 156 professional golfers will play a round each at PGA WEST’s Stadium Course and Nicklaus Tournament Course over the first two rounds on Thursday and Friday before playing the Stadium Course exclusively on the weekend after the 36-hole cut.
Ranked No. 2 in the world, Jon Rahm will make his second start of the calendar year, coming off of a T7 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. Rahm won twice on the PGA TOUR last season at The Memorial and The BMW Championship during the FedExCup Playoffs. He earned his second career PGA TOUR victory at The American Express in 2018, defeating current defending champion Andrew Landry on the fourth playoff hole.
Other top-ranked players include Patrick Cantlay (No. 9 in the Official World Golf Ranking), Patrick Reed (No. 11), four-time major champion Brooks Koepka (No. 12), Matthew Wolff (No. 15), Sungjae Im (No. 18), and Finau (No. 20). This week marks Koepka’s debut at The American Express.
Five-time major champion and tournament host Mickelson and Koepka are among 12 major champions playing this week, alongside 2019 U.S. Open champ Gary Woodland, 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed, 2018 Open Championship winner Francesco Molinari, 2015 Open Championship winner and 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson, 2011 Masters champ Charl Schwartzel, PGA Championship winners Keegan Bradley (2011), Jason Dufner (2013) and Jimmy Walker (2016), and U.S. Open champions Lucas Glover (2009) and Steve Jones (1996).
Including Rahm and Mickelson, the field boasts a plethora of previous The American Express champions: Landry (2020), Adam Long (2019), Hudson Swafford (2017), Dufner (2016), Bill Haas (2015, 2010), Reed (2014), Brian Gay (2013), Mark Wilson (2012), Pat Perez (2009), D.J. Trahan (2008), Charley Hoffman (2007) and Jones (1989).
Southern California native and fan favorite Rickie Fowler, a five-time PGA TOUR winner, will kick off his PGA TOUR campaign in 2021 with his fourth appearance at The American Express. Fowler will try to improve on his T10 finish at PGA WEST last year.
Further, The American Express field includes 14 players in the top 30 of the 2020-21 PGA TOUR FedExCup standings, and 10 players who competed in the 30-player field at the 2020 TOUR Championship.