Davis Love III and Rich Beem Round out International Field
THE WOODLANDS, TX -- Two major winners on the PGA TOUR, Davis Love III and Rich Beem, will round out a stellar international field that is now set to tee it up at the 2021 Insperity Invitational presented by UnitedHealthcare in The Woodlands, TX, April 30 – May 2.
Davis Love III became the 11th World Golf Hall of Fame member to commit to the return of the PGA TOUR Champions event at The Woodlands Country Club Tournament Course following a one-year pause due to COVID-19.
The two-time U.S. Ryder Cup captain (2016 and 2012) who played on six teams himself, racked up 21 wins on the PGA TOUR. His last triumph came in 2015 at the Wyndham Championship in Mamaroneck, New York, making him the third-oldest golfer ever at 51 to win on the PGA TOUR. Love III, who is still working towards his first victory on the over 50 swing, was in the top-10 on the Official World Golf Rankings for more than 450 weeks throughout his career. His biggest win on Tour came at the 1997 PGA Championship when we captured his major win at Winged Foot Golf Club. Love III was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2017.
Other World Golf Hall of Famers who have booked their tickets to The Woodlands includes: Ernie Els; Retief Goosen; Tom Kite; Bernhard Langer; Sandy Lyle; Colin Montgomerie; Mark O’Meara; Jose Maria Olazabal; Vijay Singh and Ian Woosnam.
Also adding his name to the tee sheet alongside Love III on Friday was PGA TOUR Champions rookie, Rich Beem, who is best known for his upset victory over Tiger Woods at the 2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National. One of the most likeable guys on Tour, Beem’s first of three wins on the PGA TOUR also came in his rookie season in 1999.
Beem and Love III bring the total of PGA TOUR major winners in this year’s Insperity Invitational field to more than 20. The impressive list, who have combined to win 37 major titles, includes: Mark Brooks; Darren Clarke; John Daly; Jim Furyk; Lee Janzen; Tom Lehman; Corey Pavin; Jeff Sluman; David Toms; and Mike Weir.
“We are so excited to provide Houston golf fans with a free opportunity to watch what is arguably our deepest field in the 17-year history of our event in The Woodlands,” said Bryan Naugle, Executive Director, Insperity Invitational. “This field showcases everything in the world of golf. It includes 27 of the top 30 on the PGA TOUR Champions’ Charles Schwab Cup Money List; Hall of Famers; major winners; and dozens of PGA TOUR title holders. Even more special, is we are thrilled to welcome players joining us from 15 countries around the world.”
Countries represented include: Australia (David McKenzie); Canada (Stephen Ames, Mike Weir); Denmark (Thomas Bjorn); England (Paul Broadhurst, Barry Lane); Fiji (Vijay Singh); Germany (Bernhard Langer); Ireland (Paul McGinley); Mexico (Esteban Toledo); Northern Ireland (Darren Clarke); Scotland (Sandy Lyle, Colin Montgomerie); South Africa (Ernie Els, David Frost, Retief Goosen); Spain (Miguel Angel Jiménez, José María Olazábal); Sweden (Robert Karlsson, Jesper Parnevik); and the United States.
Complete 2021 Insperity Invitational Field
The lineup of players in 2021 also boasts eight of the tournament’s previous champions including: defending champ, Scott McCarron (2019); Bernhard Langer (2018, 2014, 2008, 2007); John Daly (2017); Jesper Parnevik (2016); Ian Woosnam (2015); Esteban Toledo (2013); Fred Funk (2012); and Jay Haas (2006).
Tournament week events have been scaled back for when the Tradition of Excellence returns to The Woodlands next week in an effort to allow for a safe return to play while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to run its course. This year’s events will include the Woodforest National Bank Championship Pro-Am (April 28-29), followed by the Insperity Invitational championship play which will take place April 30 – May 2.
The tournament will welcome spectators to take in the return of golf’s greatest names while continuing its tradition of offering FREE ADMISSION. Spectators will not be permitted access to the golf course during practice rounds and Pro-Am days, however, the tournament is welcoming golf fan to The Woodlands Country Club Tournament Course Friday through Sunday for FREE admission to watch the 54-holes of competition play.
Masks will be mandatory for ALL spectators on-site. Spectators are encouraged to show up at the gate to get in for FREE courtesy of UnitedHealthcare, Woodforest National Bank and Insperity. A commemorative ticket will be provided, and the first 1,000 spectators through the main gate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will receive a tournament logoed face mask.