FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 14th, 2022
JUSTIN THOMAS, NELLY KORDA HEAD SECOND WAVE OF CHAMPIONS FOR 2022 PNC CHAMPIONSHIP
Duval, Furyk, Harrington, Kuchar, Lehman, O’Meara, Singh, Watson join the star-studded line-up
ORLANDO, Nov.14, 2022 — Nelly Korda and Justin Thomas are among the latest stars confirmed for the 2022 PNC Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes, Dec.15-18.
Nelly Korda, who won the Pelican Championship yesterday to regain the No.1 spot on the World Rankings, will once again play alongside her father, Australian Open tennis champion, Petr Korda, while Thomas and his father Mike hope to recapture the title they won during their Championship debut in 2020.
Korda commented, “We absolutely loved our experience last year and are delighted to have been invited again this year. It was such a fun week for the whole family! It truly was special for my dad and me to compete inside the ropes together. We are definitely looking to improve on our 12th place finish last year and I can’t wait to share this amazing experience with him again.”
David Duval and Jim Furyk will play with their sons, Brady and Tanner, Padraig Harrington, a three-time winner on the PGA Champions Tour in 2022, will play with his son Paddy, while Matt Kuchar has subbed in his 13-year-old son Carson after playing the last two editions with his elder son, Cameron.
Tom Lehman, Mark O’Meara, Vijay Singh and Tom Watson are all playing with their sons again this year, having together amassed an impressive 42 appearances in the PNC Championship. Despite multiple top five finishes, and 14 major titles between them, they are each still seeking that coveted first PNC Championship victory.
Already confirmed are John Daly and his son John Daly II, Bernhard Langer, alongside his son Jason, three-time Major Champion, Jordan Spieth and his father Shawn, Annika Sorenstam with her 11-year-old son Will, Justin Leonard and 16-year-old son Luke, Nick Price and son Greg and Trevino, 82, the only player to have competed in every single PNC Championship alongside his son, Daniel.
This is the 11th year PNC Bank has been the tournament’s title sponsor. The event was renamed the PNC Championship in 2020, reflecting the world class talent at this inclusive family tournament that showcases the special bonds that the love of golf creates.
The tournament, which will be broadcast live across NBC, GOLF Channel and Peacock, attracts major champions whose victories this year span 1959 to 2021. Last year, the PNC Championship included a field that had won a remarkable 67 major titles. With only 20 teams competing, players past and present have shown unprecedented interest in campaigning for a spot in the star-studded line-up.
The PNC Championship has continued to evolve and develop since the inaugural tournament in 1995, when 10 major winners gathered with their sons. The tournament now features 20 major champions and their relatives competing for the total purse of $1,085,000 in a two-day, 36-hole scramble for the Willie Park Trophy.
To qualify for the PNC Championship, players must have won a major championship or The Players Championship. Their partner must not hold a PGA or LPGA TOUR card.
The PNC Championship is operated in partnership by IMG and NBC Sports.
A limited number of tickets are still available for the 2022 Championship. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit pncchampionship.com.
Past Champions of the PNC Championship
1995 – Raymond Floyd and Raymond Floyd Jr.
1996 – Raymond Floyd and Raymond Floyd Jr.
1997 – Raymond Floyd and Raymond Floyd Jr.
1998 – Bob Charles and David Charles
1999 – Jack Nicklaus and Gary Nicklaus
2000 – Raymond Floyd and Robert Floyd
2001 – Raymond Floyd and Robert Floyd
2002 – Craig Stadler and Kevin Stadler
2003 – Hale Irwin and Steve Irwin
2004 – Larry Nelson and Drew Nelson
2005 – Bernhard Langer and Stefan Langer
2006 – Bernhard Langer and Stefan Langer
2007 – Larry Nelson and Josh Nelson
2008 – Larry Nelson and Drew Nelson
2012 – Davis Love III and Davis “Dru” Love IV
2013 – Stewart Cink and Connor Cink
2014 – Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer
2015 – Lanny Wadkins and Tucker Wadkins
2016 – David Duval and Nick Karavites
2017 – Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera, Jr.
2018 – Davis Love III and Davis “Dru” Love IV
2019 – Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer
2020 – Justin Thomas and Mike Thomas
2021 – John Daly and John Daly II
About PNC Bank
PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.
About NBC Sports
NBC Sports connects people to the moments that matter most and serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. As the sports division of NBCUniversal, NBC Sports presents premier content across linear platforms NBC, USA Network, Golf Channel, as well numerous digital sites, including Peacock. NBC Sports possesses an unparalleled collection of media rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the NFL, Big Ten Conference, NASCAR, INDYCAR, PGA TOUR, Notre Dame, The R&A, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, Premier League, MLB, Tour de France, Roland-Garros, and many more. It also consists of NBC Sports Next, a subdivision of NBC Sports and home to all NBCUniversal digital applications in sports and technology within its three groups: Youth & Recreational Sports, Golf, and Betting & Gaming.
About Grande Lakes Orlando
Hidden in the heart of Orlando, Grande Lakes Orlando sits on 500 lush acres at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. The resort features a 582-room Ritz-Carlton, 1,010-room JW Marriott hotel, the 40,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton spa as well as three picture-perfect pools. The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Tennis Club, which hosts the PNC Championship, includes an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed championship golf course. A dozen celebrated dining venues throughout include Knife & Spoon, one MICHELIN star steak and seafood restaurant led by award-winning chef John Tesar, and Primo, MICHELIN recommended Mediterranean/Italian fare by multiple James Beard award-winning chef Melissa Kelly, a leader in the farm-to-fork movement. Grande Lakes Orlando restaurants source fresh ingredients from Whisper Creek Farm, an on-property 18,000-square-foot working farm, as well as on-site apiaries. The resort features a wide array of additional activities: kayaking, eco-tours on Shingle Creek, falconry, mountain biking and fishing school. Conference and meeting attendees have their pick of meeting space options located across 150,000 square feet plus more than 100,000 square feet of outdoor space. Grande Lakes is located 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport, five minutes from the Orange County Convention Center and minutes from the major theme parks.
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For more information, visit www.grandelakes.com.
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