GWINNETT – METRO ATLANTA – Officials of the Mitsubishi Electric Classic announced today that the tournament has accepted entries from two-time major championship winner John Daly, 2001 PGA Championship winner David Toms and 2006 and 2008 Charles Schwab Cup champion Jay Haas to compete in the 6th edition of the Mitsubishi Electric Classic April 9-15 at world-renowned TPC Sugarloaf.
Two-time major championship winner, Daly, is one of the most recognizable figures in golf. He has recorded five-career PGA TOUR titles and his major victories include the 1991 PGA Championship and 1995 The Open Championship. The 51-year-old resident of Dardanelle, Arkansas has totaled more than $10 million in earnings during his more than 26 years as a professional. Daly had a breakthrough season in 2017 in just his second year on the PGA TOUR Champions circuit, capturing three top-10 finishes, including his first PGA TOUR Champions victory at the Insperity Invitational, the same tournament where he made his PGA TOUR Champions debut in May of 2016. This season, Daly has posted one top-10 finish in three starts ranking him 36 in Charles Schwab Cup points with $60,383 in earnings. He will be making his second Mitsubishi Electric Classic start this April at TPC Sugarloaf. He finished tied for 12th last year giving him a tournament scoring average is 69.67 and career earnings in the Mitsubishi Electric Classic of $33,600.
Toms, 51, is coming off a successful PGA TOUR Champions rookie campaign that included seven top-10 finishes. He has continued to dominate leaderboards in 2018 with three top-10 outings over four starts, including a runner-up effort at the Chubb Classic. Toms is currently ranked No. 3 in Charles Schwab Cup points with earnings of $333,573. He has recorded 13 victories on the PGA TOUR since turning professional in 1989, including the 2001 PGA Championship, and ranks 14th all-time on the PGA TOUR career money list with more than $41 million in earnings. The Louisiana native has been a member of three U.S. Ryder Cup teams and three U.S. Presidents Cup teams. In his first appearance in the Mitsubishi Electric Classic in 2017, he finished T34 with a scoring average of 71 and $10,836 in earnings at TPC Sugarloaf.
Two-time Charles Schwab Cup Champion Jay Haas boasts 18 PGA TOUR Champions victories, including three majors, since joining the TOUR in 2004. His $17,870,939 in career earnings ranks fourth all time on the PGA TOUR Champions. Haas, 64, has been a member of three U.S. Ryder Cup teams (1983, 1995 and 2004) and three U.S. Presidents Cup teams, two as a player (1994 and 2003) and one as the victorious Captain of the U.S team in 2015. He enjoyed four top-10 PGA TOUR Champions finishes in both 2016 and 2017, including a playoff win in 2016 at the Toshiba Classic. Haas is currently ranked No. 74 in Charles Schwab Cup with $11,456 in earnings in three starts. The Wake Forest alum has earned $180,780 over his five starts at the Mitsubishi Electric Classic and holds a 71.36 scoring average. He finished T22 in last year’s tournament and his best finish came in 2014 with a third-place effort.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Electric Classic is scheduled for April 9-15, 2018 at TPC Sugarloaf. The public may visit www.mitsubishielectricclassic.com to purchase tickets. Children 16 and under can attend for free with a ticketed adult. Daily tickets start at just $20. For more information about the Mitsubishi Electric Classic, including the Birdies for Charity program, sponsorship opportunities and how to volunteer, please visit www.mitsubishielectricclassic.com.
About the Mitsubishi Electric Classic
The Mitsubishi Electric Classic is an official event on the PGA TOUR Champions scheduled for April 9-15, 2018. This 54-hole stroke play golf tournament features 78 PGA TOUR Champions professionals competing for a $1.8 million purse at the prestigious TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia. The event, which will benefit local charities through the Gwinnett Championship Foundation, Inc., has raised nearly $2 million since its first tournament in 2013. All three official rounds will be internationally televised on the Golf Channel. For more information, visit www.mitsubishielectricclassic.com.
About PGA TOUR Champions
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older, including 35 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 2018, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 27 tournaments across the United States, Scotland and Canada, with purses totaling more than $56 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 190 countries and territories, reaching more than 330 million potential households. Follow PGA TOUR Champions online at PGATOUR.com, at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.
Tom Sprouse, Mitsubishi Electric Classic, 614-519-1873, email@example.com