John Daly and Paul Goydos Commit to 2016 PLI Golf Championship

Two-time major champion John Daly and 2014 winner Paul Goydos have committed to the 2016 Pacific Links Championship, tournament officials announced today at a press conference held at host site Bear Mountain Resort. The 2016 Pacific Links Championship will be contested on the Resort’s Mountain Course the week of September 19-25.

The long-hitting Daly shocked the golf world in 1991 when he went from ninth alternate to tournament winner at the PGA Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Indiana. The unknown former Arkansas Razorback brought drives in excess of 300 yards and a fanatical fan base to golf on his way to securing PGA TOUR “Rookie of the Year” honors that season.

Daly collected five PGA TOUR champion titles throughout his career, including the 1995 Open Championship at St. Andrews, where he defeated Italy’s Constantino Rocca in a playoff, after Rocca made a 60-foot putt from the famed Valley of Sin on the final hole of regulation to force extra holes.

On April 28, 2016, Daly turned 50 and began competing on PGA TOUR Champions, where he has already recorded two Top-20 finishes in his first six starts.

Daly is one of a handful of major champions to commit to the US$2.5 million event over the past week, including Mark Calcavecchia, Jeff Sluman, Larry Mize and Bob Tway.

Goydos won twice during a 22-year PGA TOUR career, claiming the 1996 Arnold Palmer Invitational and the 2007 Sony Open in Hawaii. After winning in Hawaii, the Long Beach, CA native famously battled Sergio Garcia down the stretch at THE PLAYERS Championship, only to finish runner-up after a playoff loss which ended on the iconic island green par-3 17th.

In 2010, the affable Goydos again made headlines when he recorded a first-round 59 at the John Deere Classic, becoming the fourth player to post golf’s magic number in PGA TOUR history, as well as the oldest to do so at the age of 46 years and 18 days.

At the 2014 Pacific Links Championship, Goydos notched the first of his two career PGA TOUR Champions titles, posting a 19-under 197 total for a one-shot victory over Fred Funk and Scott Dunlap.

The tournament also announced that tickets for the 2016 Pacific Links Championship are now on sale:

  • Weekly Pass – Wednesday through Sunday: $99 (includes parking/Official Program)
  • Daily Pass – Friday, Saturday or Sunday: $40
  • Pro-Am Daily Pass – Wednesday or Thursday: $25
  • Champions Club VIP Pass – Friday through Sunday: $200

The Pacific Links Championship is an official event on PGA Champions TOUR featuring the world’s premier golfers aged 50 and older competing for a US$ 2.5 million purse. Tournament play at the Pacific Links Championship will be held on the Jack and Steve Nicklaus Co-Design Mountain Course at Bear Mountain Golf Resort, Victoria, British Columbia, from September 19-25, 2016. All three competitive rounds will be broadcast live by Golf Channel to more than 200 million homes in 84 countries and 11 languages around the world.

Pacific Links was founded in 2009 to provide members with a premium golf experience through an innovative international membership structure focused on the Chinese golfer. Pacific Links offers them access to the finest collection of high quality golf clubs in the world. Since 2012, the Pacific Links Network of Affiliated and Reciprocal clubs now stands at over 500 properties located in 20+ countries around the world. With a strong membership base continuing to grow in China, the planned expansion into other parts of Asia and the aggregated population of members from all the participating clubs, Pacific Links is now expanding the brand platform to encompass more than just golf. 

Located on southern Vancouver Island – a region known for its year round golf climate, stellar fishing opportunities and strong local food movement – Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa offers two outstanding courses that combined represent the only 36-hole Nicklaus Design golf experience in Canada. The Mountain Course, a Jack and Steve Nicklaus Co-Design, features impressive landscape and dramatic terrain that lead to breathtaking 180 degree views of nearby Victoria, the Pacific Ocean and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State. The course, a par 71 playing at 6,925 yards, sets atop a 1,100- foot mountain and has been assigned a slope rating of 142 from the back tees. The 18-hole, par 71 Nicklaus Design Valley Course, a spectacular golf setting that is nestled in a pristine natural 102 acres of mature forests, measures just under 7,000 yards. Surrounded by 3,000 acres of parks and hiking trails, Bear Mountain is one of the few golf courses in North America that offers an authentic natural setting so close to a capital city. More than a resort and an incredible community, Bear Mountain is also home to Golf Canada’s National Development team, the high performance training centre of Canada’s National Mountain Bike team, and construction recently commenced on Canada’s largest indoor/outdoor clay court tennis facility supported by Tennis Canada and Tennis BC. The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa rounds out the amenities offering guests a luxurious getaway with outstanding fine dining options, the award-winning Sante Spa, and the Bear Mountain Golf Academy.

PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golfers age 50 and older, with the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game – including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, which compete regularly in its events. PGA TOUR Champions is where Legends play, and is home to The Ultimate Clubhouse. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The primary purpose of PGA TOUR Champions is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2016, the newly-introduced Charles Schwab Cup