NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., January 31, 2020 — Celebrating its 25th year (22nd with Hoag as host operations and beneficiary), the Hoag Classic returns to Newport Beach Country Club on March 4th to 8th, 2020 with Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian as title sponsor and presenting partners Konica Minolta and City National Bank. As the finest stop on the PGA TOUR Champions, the Hoag Classic will draw golf legends back to Newport Beach Country Club to compete for the $1.8 million purse.
“This year marks an exciting milestone for the Hoag Classic. In the past 25 years combined, we have drawn in more than 1.5 million fans and 1,500 volunteers who have donated more than 1 million hours of their time,” said Jeff Purser, executive director of the Hoag Classic. “The Hoag Classic has benefited from outstanding and generous people in our community over its 25 years and we are proud to host an event that not only contributes to the health and vitality of our community, but creates compelling competition for our fans to enjoy.”
Ernie Els, Fred Couples, Retief Goosen, Ángel Cabrera, Bernhard Langer, Vijay Singh, John Daly and Miguel Ángel Jiménez, challenging 2019 Champion Kirk Triplett are expected among 80 players to compete in the 2020 tournament. The Hoag Classic features players with more than 500 worldwide professional victories, including 50 major championships. The event also features six PGA TOUR Championship members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. A current list of players is available at hoagclassic.com/player-field.
With more than $20 million in total charitable proceeds raised throughout its history, the tournament is one of the most successful philanthropic events on the PGA TOUR Champions. This year, the tournament’s net proceeds will benefit Hoag’s programs and services, as well as other local charities.
“Hoag is proud to be a partner and beneficiary of the Hoag Classic,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, president and CEO of Hoag. “Hoag belongs to the Orange County community and through the generous support of the tournament we’ve been able to expand access to the world-class health and wellness services we provide.”
Schedule of Events
An experience for the whole family, attendees will have access to activations throughout the course, including The Military Village presented by CoreLogic, featuring the PAU Maui “Toast to the Troops” Bar, the Hoag Health Village, Corona Premier Pavilion, the Lincoln Auto Experience, the “Tee it High, Let it Fly” flight deck presented by John Wayne Airport on Hole 15, and the Active PDF Pin challenge on Hole 17.
The annual “Breakfast with a Champion,” presented by Allergan, will be held in advance of the tournament on Tuesday, March 3 at Newport Beach Country Club featuring golfing legend and former World No. 1 Ernie Els up-close and personal. This is a private event and tickets are sold out.
On Wednesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 5, the Legends Pro-Am presented by Konica Minolta is the first event of tournament week open to the public. Attending these days gives fans an opportunity to catch golf legends in a more relaxed environment before the competition begins.
The Hoag Classic Championship Weekend will kick off on Friday, March 6 with Corporate Day, presented by City National Bank, giving local business professionals an opportunity to get out of the office and engage with clients during the first round of competition. After play, those with Clubhouse badges can enjoy live music from Mark Wood, presented by John Wayne Airport, as part of their JWALive music program at the Airport.
Saturday, March 7 will honor current and former servicemen and women with Military Appreciation Day, presented by CoreLogic. All active duty, military reserve, National Guard, military retirees and veterans – and up to three guests each – will receive complimentary admission with food and beverage to thank them for their service. Beginning Saturday, guests can plant a flag in remembrance of a loved one who is serving or who has served at the Konica Minolta “Field of Flags,” benefiting the Navy Memorial Foundation.
For the Final Round on Sunday, March 8, attendees ages 18 and under will receive complimentary admission for Youth Day, presented by Kingston Technology. Youth can enjoy the Kids Fun Zone and participate in a putting contest with the opportunity to win tournament merchandise, tickets to local attractions and more. Kingston Technology and Hoag Charity Sports will also be awarding $70,000 in scholarships to deserving students.
Good-Any-One-Day tickets for the Hoag Classic are available online before the event for $25. Tickets purchased at the Main Gate on the day of the event are $30. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at participating Roger Dunn Golf Stores. Children age 11 and under receive complimentary admission beginning Wednesday, March 4 through Sunday, March 8.
For more information, visit HoagClassic.com.
ABOUT THE HOAG CLASSIC
For one week each year, the international spotlight shines brightly on Orange County’s only official PGA TOUR Champions event. Hosted at Newport Beach Country Club, the Hoag Classic, with Hoag as the title sponsor and presenting partners Konica Minolta and City National Bank, showcases golf legends such as Fred Couples, John Daly and Bernhard Langer as they compete with more than 80 players for the title. As one of the largest philanthropic events in PGA TOUR Champions history, the Hoag Classic has raised more than $20 million in total proceeds for Hoag’s program and services, as well as other local charities. For more information visit HoagClassic.com.
ABOUT HOAG MEMORIAL HOSPITAL PRESBYTERIAN
Hoag is an approximately $1 billion nonprofit, regional health care delivery network in Orange County, California, that treats more than 30,000 inpatients and 450,000 outpatients annually. Hoag consists of two acute-care hospitals – Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, which opened in 1952, and Hoag Hospital Irvine, which opened in 2010 – in addition to eight health centers and 11 urgent care centers. Hoag is a designated Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Hoag offers a comprehensive blend of health care services that includes five institutes providing specialized services in the following areas: cancer, heart and vascular, neurosciences, women’s health, and orthopedics through Hoag’s affiliate, Hoag Orthopedic Institute, which consists of an orthopedic hospital and two ambulatory surgical centers. Hoag has been named one of the Best Regional Hospitals in the 2019 – 2020 U.S. News & World Report, and Becker’s Healthcare named Hoag as one of the 2018 “100 Great Hospitals in America” – a designation Hoag has received five times. For an unprecedented 23 years, residents of Orange County have chosen Hoag as one of the county’s best hospitals in a local newspaper survey. Visit www.hoag.org for more information.
ABOUT PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older, including 33 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 2020, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 27 tournaments across the United States, Morocco, Japan, England and Canada, with purses totaling nearly $59 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 170 countries and territories, reaching more than 340 million potential households, and distributed in 15+ markets via GOLFTV. Follow PGA TOUR Champions online at PGATOUR.com, at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.
ABOUT NEWPORT BEACH COUNTRY CLUB
For more than 60 years, Newport Beach Country Club (NBCC) has captured the spirit of one of Southern California’s most sought-after destinations through exceptional golf, a warm atmosphere and a spectacular location that boasts panoramic views of emerald fairways and sapphire seas. Perched above the famed Pacific Coast Highway and spanning nearly 56,000 square feet, the new Clubhouse makes an iconic architectural statement on coastal California’s Craftsman design. Originally created by world-renowned designer William “Billy” Bell, NBCC is a popular stop on the PGA Champions Tour for more than 20 years and is home of the annual Hoag Classic.