Boca Raton has you covered from tee to green when it comes to the 2013 Allianz Championship, which kicked off today and runs through Feb. 10 at the Old Course at Broken Sound.
The field: More than 80 standouts on the Champions Tour are expected to battle for the $1.7 million purse at the seventh Boca-based installment of the Allianz. This year’s field includes defending champion Corey Pavin (pictured above), Nick Price, Mark Calcavecchia, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite and Boca resident (and 2010 champ) Bernhard Langer. This year's rookie class includes the popular Rocco Mediate, who matched Tiger Woods shot for shot at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines before falling in an 18-hole playoff.
Impact on Boca: According to tournament director Ryan Dillon, the 2012 event provided a $15 million economic boost to our community, including occupancy in 1,800 hotel rooms. In addition, Boca Raton received exposure on Golf Channel to the tune of 150 million households in 174 countries.
Tournament tickets: Admission is free all week long for those under age 17 and anyone 65 or older. For everyone else, admission is free through Thursday; 1-day grounds tickets during tournament play (Friday through Sunday) will be $20; and a weekend grounds pass (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) will be $50. Michelob Ultra is sponsoring a one-day Partners Club Pass for $75 that gives attendees access to its air-conditioned hospitality venue on the 18th fairway (with complimentary beer and wine). Tickets for the Saturday “Grapes on the Green” wine event (4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) are $85. Net proceeds from the tournament benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
Contact: Visit allianzchampionship.com for more info or call 561/241-4653.
2013 Allianz Schedule
Tuesday, Feb. 5
8 a.m.—Practice rounds; 10:30 a.m.—Breakfast/Q&A: Annika Sorenstam; 11:45 a.m.—Private clinic with Sorenstam; 1 p.m.—Executive Women’s Pro-Am; 6:30 p.m.—VIP draw party
Wednesday, Feb. 6
7:15 a.m.—Konica Minolta Business Solutions Pro-Am; 12:45 a.m.—Konica Minolta Business Solutions Pro-Am
Thursday, Feb. 7
7:15 a.m.—Championship Pro-Am; 12:45 p.m.—Championship Pro-Am
Friday, Feb. 8
9 a.m.—First round of Allianz
Saturday, Feb. 9
9 a.m.—Second round of Allianz
4 to 7:30 p.m.—Grapes on the Green (golf & wine event)
Sunday, Feb. 10
9 a.m.—Final round of Allianz