Ally Challenge announces early commits



GRAND BLANC – The Ally Challenge Tournament officials announced Aug. 9 that World Golf Hall of Fame member and four-time Charles Schwab Cup Champion Bernhard Langer has committed to play in the inaugural The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren, scheduled for September 10 – 16 at historic Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club.

The tournament has also received commitments from two-time major championship winner John Daly, plus four players receiving sponsor exemptions: Michigan native Tom Gillis, six-time Web.com Tour winner Kevin Johnson, Masters winner Larry Mize and PGA TOUR Champions rookie Robert Gamez.

Bernhard Langer’s senior resume includes 10 major titles, three of which he grabbed in 2017 alone. He capped another stellar year in 2017, recording seven wins and 16 top-10 finishes. The two-time Masters winner also secured a record ninth Arnold Palmer Award as the TOUR’s leading money winner, a record seventh Jack Nicklaus Award as the Player of the Year and won the Byron Nelson Award for the lowest scoring average for a record-breaking sixth time. The 60-year-old native of Germany has captured 37 PGA TOUR Champions titles to go with nearly $26 million in earnings since making his PGA TOUR Champions debut in 2007. So far this season, Langer is No. 4 in Charles Schwab Cup rankings with eight top-10 finishes, including a win and five second place outings in 15 starts.

Daly is one of the most recognizable figures in golf and has recorded five-career PGA TOUR titles. The 52-yearold resident of Dardanelle, Arkansas has totaled more than $11 million in earnings during his more than 26 years as a professional. Daly had a breakthrough season in 2002 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. This season, Daly has posted three top- 10 finish in 11 starts ranking him 56th in Charles Schwab Cup points with $193,930 in earnings.

Gillis, 50, is coming off a top-10 finish in his PGA TOUR Champions debut with a T3 effort at the 3M Championship.

Johnson, 51, has played in three PGA TOUR Champions events in 2018. The Florida resident won six times on the Web.com Tour between 1997 and 2009.

Mize, 59, has four career PGA TOUR victories, including the 1987 Masters Tournament. His lone PGA TOUR Champions win came in 2010 at the Montreal Championship.

PGA TOUR Champions rookie, Gamez, turned 50 in July of this year and has since made two consecutive starts on Tour, The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex and last week’s 3M Championship.

All three rounds of The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren will be broadcast on Golf Channel.

For more information about The Ally Challenge, visit theallychallenge.com.


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