The Hoag Classic is Coming

On its perfectly manicured, green surface The Hoag Classic, premiering March 6 to 10, 2019, may not seem like a musical extravaganza. But with live music presented by John Wayne Airport happening the Friday of the event followed by a musical performance by gold legend John Daly on Saturday afternoon, we can expect as many beats as there are birdies at Orange County’s only official PGA TOUR Champions event.

NEWPORT BEACH, CA – MARCH 16: Fred Couples birdies the 10th hole during the final round of the Champions Tour Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach Country Club on March 16, 2014 in Newport Beach, California. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

This year, the newly minted Hoag Classic will draw golfing greats to Newport Beach as they compete for the $1.8 million purse. (The tournament’s net proceeds will benefit Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian’s programs and services, as well as other local charities.)

“For one week each year, the international spotlight shines brightly on Orange County as we showcase the best of our community, as the tournament draws close to 70,000 guests, 200-plus sponsors and 800 volunteers,” said Jeff Purser, executive director of the Hoag Classic. “We are proud to name this event Hoag and to provide an unparalleled opportunity to contribute to and enhance the health and vitality of our wonderful county.”

NEWPORT BEACH, CA – OCTOBER 07: John Daly makes a tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the Toshiba Classic at the Newport Beach Country Club on October 7, 2016 in Newport Beach, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

“Hoag is proud to be a partner and beneficiary of the Hoag Classic,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, president and CEO of Hoag. “When Hoag opened its doors more than 65 years ago, our founders envisioned a hospital to serve those in need in Orange County. The Hoag Classic stands for the very same purpose – to benefit and help meet the needs of the local community.”

Expected golfers include Fred Couples, John Daly (singing and swinging for the trophy this year), Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara, Vijay Singh, Darren Clarke and Retief Goosen.

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