The Allianz Championship is back in Boca Raton this month.
For the 11th consecutive year, PGA Tour Champions will return to the Old Course at Broken Sound Club from Feb. 6-12.
“We are excited about the 2017 Allianz tournament,” tournament director Ryan Dillon said. “We are the envy of the PGA Champions Tour.”
The week will feature all types of golf-centric events. The week kicks off with a Women’s Day with LPGA superstar Lexi Thompson hosting an open-to-the public clinic presented by JM Lexus followed by the Women’s Pro-Am benefitting the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute.
Then, there are pro-ams where foursomes are paired with a PGA Tour Champions professional before tournament play begins on Friday. Pro-am players will also be invited to a VIP Draw Party on Tuesday and receive a gift package. Prices are $3,125 per person for Wednesday shotgun or $3,625 for Thursday shotgun.
On Thursday night, the eighth annual Grapes on the Green event meshes golf with food, wine and music. Tickets cost $70 per person. The event runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
The championship tournament takes place Friday through Sunday. General admission cost $20 per person. Children 16 and under enter for free as well as adults 70 and over. Skyboxes are available for purchase as well as other packages.
Broken Sound Club General Manager and COO John Crean said the relationship between Broken Sound and the tournament has flourished over the past 11 years.
“The Allianz Championship tour is a Boca brand,” he said. “It shows the world that Boca is a spectacular place to live in, a spectacular place to play in and a spectacular place to work in.”
The Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities (BRCGC) serves as the operational and financial oversight group for the event as well as for the distribution of all charitable funds, as all net tournament proceeds benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The annual tournament has given more than $1 million to local charities over the last three years.
This year, Esteban Toledo is back to defend his title in the $1.7 million purse. The winner will bring home $260,000.
Last year, Toledo brought home the victory after a three-hole playoff over Billy Andrade.
The winning shot, a three-and-half -foot par putt, came just before the Super Bowl in less than ideal golf conditions, wind and cold.
Despite the conditions he faced, Toledo said Broken Sound has some of the best greens he will play on during the season.
He said 17, the hole he won the playoff on, is his favorite.
“It’s an honor for me to be here,” he said, recalling his childhood where he grew up poor in Mexico. He aspired to be a boxer, which he went 16-1 before appendicitis ended his career.
He learned to play golf while working on a golf course fetching balls out of the water and selling them back to the course.
“I am a better boxer than golfer,” he said.
Other players to look out for on the course: Boca resident Bernhard Langer, John Daly, David Toms, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jesper Parnevik, Colin Montgomerie, Woody Austin, Rocco Mediate and Paul Goydos.
For more tournament information, premium ticket packages or corporate sponsorships, call 561-241-GOLF (4653); fax 561-241-4658, or visit www.allianzchampionship.com. For Pro-Am registration and sponsorship package opportunities, contact Anthony Greco at 561-241-GOLF (4653) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.