This January, fans will gather in La Quinta for a week of live PGA golf and a spectator experience like no other at The American Express. The impact of those days will be felt throughout the year with the tournament’s continued support of local charities.

Executive Director Pat McCabe and La Quinta Mayor Linda Evans present local charities with contributions from 2021.

Taking place January 20-23 at PGA WEST and La Quinta Country Club, the event will feature 156 pros including tournament ambassador Phil Mickleson, world No. 12 Tony Finau, rising star Scottie Scheffler and defending champion Si Woo Kim, along with 156 amateurs on course through Saturday.

The fan experience will include a Fan Zone on the 18th hole of the Stadium Course at PGA WEST and the Champions Club offering exclusive access opportunities. Festive food and beverage locations include the Casamigos Club 18, the Corona Premier Par-Tee Lounge, the Michelob Ultra Beers Fore Birdies on hole 17 of the Stadium and Bushmills Whiskey Lounge overlooking the Stadium’s 10th tee and 9th green. Concerts also return featuring pop rock megaband Maroon 5 on Friday and country star Brad Paisley on Saturday. 

Last year’s tournament excluded fans due to COVID, yet still generated $1.1 million in contributions that were distributed among 36 local non-profits in the areas of health and wellness, youth sports, family support, education and homelessness. Since the event’s inception in 1960, the tournament has donated more than $63 million. 

“In determining our select non-profits, we adopted the areas of focus in health and wellness that are also important to Amy and Phil Mickleson with additional input from Title Sponsor American Express and our former Desert Classic Charities,” says Mickelson Foundation Board Member and La Quinta Mayor Linda Evans. In July 2021, a letter of interest was sent to a select group and 96 preliminary applications were received. From there, she says, 40 were asked to complete the full application and 36 met the criteria including Alzheimers Coachella Valley, Lifestream Blood Bank, Volunteers in Medicine and Shay’s Warriors.

“Our tournament’s foremost mission will always be to serve as a caretaker to our community, with the perpetual goal of positively impacting the Coachella Valley,” said Pat McCabe, Executive Director of The American Express. 

Tickets start at $35 and are available at the tournament’s official website. Upon entering the grounds at PGA WEST and La Quinta Country Club, all ticketholders must show their COVID-19 vaccination card or a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of tournament entry. 

 For player updates and more information, follow The American Express on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @theamexgolf. For tickets, visit www.theamexgolf.com. (Photos by the American Express).

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