The CVS Caremark Charity Classic is now underway at Rhode Island Country Club.
Co-hosted by Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade, the two-day tournament is Rhode Island’s largest charitable sporting event and hosts some of the best PGA and LPGA professional golfers in the world.
During the last 13 years, the CVS Caremark Charity Classic has raised $14 million for charities around the region, providing vital funding for a variety of critical programs serving children, families and people in transition throughout Southeastern New England.
Rickie Fowler was originally supposed to participate but withdrew due to a minor knee injury he suffered at the U.S. Open. David Toms, who recently won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, has taken Fowler’s place and will partner with Camilo Villegas. It’s Toms’ eighth appearance in this event; in 2009, he and partner Nick Price won the tournament.
“We’re sorry Rickie won’t be able to join us at this year’s CVS Caremark Charity Classic,” said co-hosts Faxon and Andrade. “We’re thrilled that 2009 co-champion David Toms was able to join us and are confident he will bring lots of enthusiasm and excitement to the event.”
Click here to access the leaderboard on the official CVS Caremark Charity Classic home page. Also, the tournament can be seen on Fox Sports Network beginning at 4 p.m. ET on both Monday and Tuesday.
|Suzann Pettersen and Brett Quigley||Juli Inkster and Peter Jacobsen|
|Billy Andrade and Bill Haas||Brad Faxon and Gary Woodland|
|Ben Crenshaw and Jhonattan Vegas||Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson|
|Morgan Pressel and Davis Love III||Paula Creamer and Brandt Snedeker|
|Camilo Villegas and David Toms||J.B. Holmes and Ricky Barnes|
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – PGATOUR.COM will provide live streaming of Wednesday’s Military Appreciation Day Ceremony, including Darius Rucker’s acoustic concert, starting at 5 p.m. ET.
A special live edition of On The Tee with John Swantek and company starts the coverage at 5. Then the ceremony saluting America’s heroes begins at 5:30 p.m., with remarks from PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem and TOUR player Jim Furyk, who lives in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Rucker will then close the ceremony with a special musical performance dedicated to the military and their families. Included among the eight songs he plans to sing is “Together, Anything’s Possible,” the song he wrote specifically to support the TOUR’s charitable initiative by the same name. All net proceeds of the song downloads from iTunes for one year are being donated to PGA TOUR Charities, Inc.
The concert will also be broadcast live on Sirius/XM radio’s “The Highway” channel.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell won Friday's THE PLAYERS Championship Celebrity Shootout at the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass, winning $5,000 for his charity, the Brunell Family Foundation.
A total of 16 celebrities were given two shots each at the 17th with its famed island green. Closest to the pin won the $5,000 for charity.
Brunell's second attempt landed 13 feet, 4 inches from the pin.
Here's a look at each celebrity's results:
|Celebrity||Charity||1st attempt||2nd attempt|
Former NFL player
|The Boselli Foundation||Water||22 feet, 7 inches|
|Brunell Family Foundation||50 feet, 9 inches||13 feet, 4 inches|
Capt. Doug Cochrane
CO, NS Mayport
|Navy Marine Corps Relief Society||Water||54 feet, 1 inch|
|Jacksonville Chapter of the Forsaekn Generation Homeless Youth Project||Water||Water|
Jaxson De Ville
|Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Jacksonville||32 feet, 2 inches||21 feet, 4 inches|
NBA Hall of Famer
|University Athletics and Julington Missionary Baptist Church-N. Jerome McClain Scholarship Foundation||26 feet, 11 inches||48 feet, 4 inches|
First Coast News
|The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund||-||Water|
|Dreams Come True||Water||44 feet, 11 inches|
Action News Jacksonville
|Dream 18 Charity||Water||17 feet, 8 inches|
Jax Symphony Orchestra
|Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra||Water||Water|
City of Jacksonville
Wounded Warrior Project
|Wounded Warrior Project||44 feet, 9 inches||37 feet, 10 inches|
|The Child Cancer Fund||26 feet, 5 inches||21 feet, 2 inches|
|The Child Cancer Fund||Water||50 feet, 2 inches|
|THE PLAYERS Scholarship Fund||Water||-|
Former pro tennis player
|Mal Washington Kids Foundation||Water||37 feet, 7 inches|
On Wednesday afternoon at the Transitions Championship, Ryuji Imada sat down and handwrote a note that he then made copies in the tournament’s media center. His one-paragraph missive was to the point:
“Dear Players: As you may know last week there was an earthquake disaster in my home country of Japan. To support the many people affected by the earthquake. I have decided to donate $1,000 per birdie I make at this week’s event. I would be thankful for any of my fellow competitors to join me in support with any donations. Ryuji Imada."
Imada then took the notes into the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club’s clubhouse and asked the locker room attendant to put a copy in the players’ lockers. Imada’s was a simple statement and a plea from the Hiroshima, Japan, native, who immigrated to the U.S. in 1990 as a 14-year-old as he pursued his dream of playing golf professionally. Imada, a PGA TOUR member since 2005 who attended college at the University of Georgia, wants to help those whose lives changed dramatically when the earthquake, registering 9.0 on the Richter Scale, shook the earth.
As Imada says, he’s doing “in a small way” what he can to assist those devastated by the events in Asia. With the Transitions Championship this week in Palm Harbor, Fla., not far from Imada’s home in Tampa, the winner of the 2008 AT&T Classic took time to visit with Laury Livsey of the PGA TOUR’s communications department to talk about the situation and why he immediately became involved with earthquake relief.
To read the rest of Imada's Q&A, click here.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM Chief of Correspondents
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Somewhere, there's a Green Bay Packers fan who needs a new pair of shoes, and Mark Wilson has created the perfect ones.
Wilson decorated a pair of TOMS slip-ons with a gold-and-green “G” on one side, a cheesehead on the other and the Lombardi Trophy at the front. He was channeling his inner artist on Tuesday evening -- less than 12 hours after he won his second PGA TOUR event in three starts at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
"I'm thinking of throwing a little Waste Management and a little lei over here," said Wilson, who also won last month's Sony Open in Hawaii, as he pointed to the sides of the shoes and grinned. "I may be here all night."
The shoes -- along with others decorated by Rory Sabbatini, Jonathan Byrd, Charley Hoffman, Hunter Mahan, actor Bill Murray, San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain and singer Darius Rucker -- will be auctioned off to benefit the PGA TOUR Wives Association and The First Tee of Monterey County. The auction concludes at the end of play on Sunday.
In addition, TOMS Shoes will donate $5 back to the PTWA and First Tee of Monterey for any online purchase made at www.toms.com using the promo code “pgawives” through Feb 17.
The players and celebrities decorated the shoes at a "Style Your Sole" event on Tuesday evening. While the fathers worked, their children could get their faces painted like their favorite superheroes or princesses. Balloon animals and light sabers littered the room.
Wilson, who has a 336-point lead in the FedExCup, took his art project seriously. He drew the Lombardi Trophy several times on the paper tablecloth before he tried to transfer it to the shoes.
"Look at all the practicing I did," said Wilson, whose wife Amy is the president of the TOUR Wives Association. "John Rollins has really been getting on me. He's happy I have another job."
While Wilson was hard at work, Rucker had just selected the shoes he was planning to decorate. Asked what he planned to draw, Rucker ssaid something that featured the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Miami Dolphins, his two favorite teams.
"I have no artistic ability at all so it's going to be scary," Rucker said, smiling broadly.
Rucker, formerly the front man of Hootie and the Blowfish and an avid golfer, recently released a song called "Together Anything's Possible." All proceeds from the $1.29 download on iTunes go to benefit PGA TOUR Charities, Inc. ( Click here for more information )
"This is really one of those things that's awesome to be a part of," said Rucker, who now tops the country charts. "That's why when they came to be about the song it was such a no-brainer for me. Golf and charity -- it's what I do. ... It's just cool to walk around here. There's Bill Murray over there; all these people here doing something cause they want to help somebody."
TOMS Shoes fits that mold, as well. In 2006, Blake Mycoskie was traveling in Argentina where he befriended some needy children outside of Buenos Aires. He returned home and created TOMS Shoes, selling 10,000 pairs out of his apartment -- and matching that total in donations to the children.
"Every time we sell a pair of shoes, we give a pair away," said Mycoskie, who is playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am this week and attended Tuesday's function. "... This year we went back to Argentina and we gave away our one millionth pair. Pretty amazing."