American Family Insurance Championship
|Location||Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|Course(s)||University Ridge Golf Course|
|Length||7,259 yards (6,638 m)|
|Tour(s)||PGA Tour Champions|
|Format||Stroke play - 54 holes|
|Prize fund||$2.0 million|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||199 Kirk Triplett (2016)|
|To par||−17 as above|
The American Family Insurance Championship is a professional golf tournament in Wisconsin on the PGA Tour Champions, played at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison. The inaugural edition in June 2016 featured an 81-player field and a $2 million purse in a no-cut 54-hole event.
American Family Insurance signed a three-year agreement to be the tournament's initial title sponsor. Steve Stricker served as tournament host in 2016 and then as player-host starting in 2017, when he turns fifty and is eligible to play. Proceeds raised will support the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation, the American Family Children's Hospital, and The First Tee of South Central Wisconsin.
Kirk Triplett won the debut event in 2016 with a final round 65 (−7) for 199 (−17), two strokes ahead of runners-up Bart Bryant and Mike Goodes. After making his only bogey of the final round at the tenth hole, Triplett birdied five of the next six, then concluded with two pars.
Born in Edgerton, Wisconsin, and a Madison resident, Stricker is an American Family Insurance brand ambassador. He co-chairs the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation, founded in 2013. In addition to his twelve wins on the PGA Tour, Stricker represented the United States on five Presidents Cup teams and three Ryder Cup teams, and ranked second in the world rankings in 2010. He won the Wisconsin State Open five times between 1987 and 2000.
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., University Ridge opened 28 years ago in 1991 and is home to the University of Wisconsin men's and women's golf teams. The 7,259-yard (6,638 m), par-72 course features an open front nine and a more forested back nine. It hosted the NCAA women's championships in 1998 as well as multiple Big Ten Conference championships. The front nine has three par fives and three par threes.
|5||Noer's View||198||3||14||Hickory Hill||398||4|
|6||Kettle Pond||623||5||15||Lone Elm||352||4|
|8||On the Rocks||207||3||17||Reflections||250||3|
|Source: Rating=74.9, Slope=144||Total||7,259||72|
|Year||Dates||Champion||Country||Winning score||To par||Margin||Runner(s)-up||Winner's
|2018||Jun 22–24||Scott McCarron||United States||70-67-64=201||−15||1 stroke||Jerry Kelly||300,000||2,000,000|
|2017||Jun 23–25||Fred Couples||United States||67-68-66=201||−15||2 strokes||Scott Verplank||300,000||2,000,000|
|2016||Jun 24–26||Kirk Triplett||United States||68-66-65=199||−17||2 strokes|| Bart Bryant
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- "PGA Tour's Champions Tour comes to Wisconsin with American Family Insurance Championship". PGA Tour. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
- Baggot, Andy. "Pro golf: Steve Stricker, American Family Insurance team up to bring Champions Tour event to University Ridge in 2016". madison.com. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
- "Charities". amfamchampionship.com. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
- "Kirk Triplett rallies with four late birdies to win at Wisconsin". ESPN. Associated Press. June 26, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
- "American Family Insurance Championship". ESPN. (leaderboard). June 26, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
- "University Ridge-About Us". UniversityRidge.com. University Ridge. Archived from the original on March 26, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
- Official website
- Coverage on the PGA Tour Champions' official site
- University Ridge Golf Course
- Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation
- American Family Children's Hospital