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Cologuard Classic just 2 weeks away; PGA player’s goal to bring cancer awareness

TUCSON - With the Cologuard Classic PGA TOUR Champions event less than three weeks away, the field continues to take shape with some of the biggest names in golf already committing to play in the tournament, including 2019 tournament champion Mark O’Meara, 2019 Charles Schwab Cup winner Scott McCarron, Cologuard ambassador Jerry Kelly, 40-time PGA TOUR Champions winner Bernhard Langer, as well as the talented and charismatic Miguel Angel Jiménez. The Cologuard Classic will be played February 26-March 1, 2020 at Omni Tucson National’s Catalina Course. A field of 78 players will vie for the $1.7 million purse with a first-place prize of $255,000.

PGA TOUR Champions golfers have until Friday, February 21 to commit to play in the Cologuard Classic. Therefore, the field will continue to change as players with higher priority rankings commit to play in the tournament.

Mark O’Meara returns to Tucson to defend his 2019 Cologuard Classic title. With last year’s win, the 63-year old O’Meara ended an eight-year victory drought and became the fourth-oldest winner (then age 62) in PGA TOUR Champions history.

2019 Charles Schwab Cup winner Scott McCarron is coming off his best season on the PGA TOUR Champions, after collecting three wins, three second-place finishes and 14 Top 10 finishes. His consistent play the throughout the year helped McCarron secure the season-long Charles Schwab Cup points race title. His T2 at the 2019 Cologuard Classic was his best finish in Tucson. 

Cologuard ambassador Jerry Kelly is coming off a stellar 2019 PGA TOUR Champions season which included three victories and 14 Top 10 finishes. His 2019 victories included the American Family Insurance Championship, The Ally Challenge and the SAS Championship. He finished second in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup points race.  

Bernhard Langer has won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship four of the last six years. His 2019 PGA TOUR Champions season included two wins (Oasis Championship and the Senior Open Championship) and 12 Top 10 finishes in 22 starts. At the 2019 Cologuard Classic, Langer was forced to withdraw due to injury.

The always charismatic Miguel Angel Jiménez already has a win on the 2020 PGA TOUR Champions, winning the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai on Hawaii in January.  In 2019, Jiménez had two wins (Chubb Classic and Dominion Energy Charity Classic) and finished T20 at the Cologuard Classic.

Paul Cicala

Paul Cicala is a 2-time winner of the prestigious”Edward R. Murrow Award” for his reporting/anchoring in news & sports. Paul Cicala has also been nominated for multiple EMMY’s. Cicala has won the “Best Sportscaster” category in Tucson the last 3 years (voted on by readers of “Tucson Weekly”). Cicala is a native Tucsonan who specialized in border stories during his earlier career as a news reporter in this market, and now concentrates mainly on sports stories (with an occasional special report and/or feature story on life in Tucson & the Sonoran Desert).

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