Tony Finau To Feature In Phil Mickelson’s Charity Event Alongside Landon Donovan Today

Jan 20, 2021, 10:30 AM
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Tony Finau of the United States plays a shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the Houston Open at Memorial Park Golf Course on November 08, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Tony Finau will enjoy a pleasant round of golf alongside former United States soccer legend Landon Donovan today as the duo compete in Phil Mickelson’s The American Express Charity Challenge.

Finau and Donovan will be going up against country music star Jake Owen and fellow PGA Tour pro Paul Casey to help raise $1 million for local charities. The event will take place at PGA West Private Clubhouse & Golf Courses in La Quinta, California.

The 9-hole modified alternate shot exhibition will be hosted by Mickelson. “Each team will be representing a charitable initiative with winnings donated via The Mickelson Foundation, the tournament’s host foundation. Finau and Donovan will play for ‘Youth Development and Education’ charities while Casey and Owen will play for ‘Health and Wellness’ charities,” states.

Furthermore, Mickelson will participate throughout the match at his own discretion through “Phil’s Challenges” where he will voluntarily take shots to help raise money for the respected charities. On the par 3 17th hole on the Alcatraz course, every member, including Mickelson, will have the chance to make a hole-in-one to raise a further million dollars.

Since its introduction in 1960 as the Palm Springs Golf Classic, the tournament has generated more than $60 million for numerous nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting Coachella Valley residents.

The exhibition match can be watched on The Golf Channel starting at 3 p.m.

Career Builder Challenge

Today’s event will be immediately followed by the Career Builder Challenge. An annual stop on the PGA Tour.

The tournament features 7 of the top 20 players in the Official World Golf Rankings, a dozen major champions and 14 PGA Tour winners.

Finau will be paired alongside last weeks PGA Tour winner Kevin Na and rising star Mathew Wolff. Finau will tee off at 11:50 a.m. on Thursday, January 21, on the Stadium Course before starting his second round at 10:40 a.m. on the Nicklaus Tournament Course.


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