Ac­tive Nfl Play­ers To Tee It Up At Di­a­mond Re­sorts In­vi­ta­tional

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OR­LANDO, FL – The Di­a­mond Re­sorts In­vi­ta­tional™ ben­e­fit­ing Florida Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren ex­panded the most unique field in golf with the ad­di­tion of three ac­tive Na­tional Foot­ball League stars: Ari­zona Car­di­nals All-Pros Larry Fitzger­ald and Pa­trick Peter­son, as well as Jack­sonville Jaguars Bryan Wal­ters. They’ll join 27 PGA TOUR Cham­pi­ons, three LPGA stars and 45 other sports and en­ter­tain­ment celebri­ties vy­ing for sep­a­rate purses to­tal­ing $1.25 mil­lion at Tran­quilo Golf Club at Four Sea­sons Re­sort Or­lando at Walt Disney World Re­sort, Jan. 13-15. (www. Di­a­mondRe­sort­sIn­vi­ta­tional.com)

The NFL will also be rep­re­sented by Hall of Famers Mar­cus Allen and Richard Dent; former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Ur­lacher, Green Bay Pack­ers re­ceiver Ster­ling Sharpe and Washington Redskins Su­per Bowl MVP Mark Ryp­ien.

Ac­tive Ma­jor League Base­ball stand­outs fea­ture Justin Ver­lan­der, Josh Don­ald­son and Brian McCann, as well as Jon Lester and John Lackey of the World Cham­pion Chicago Cubs. Roger Clemens and Hall of Famers Reg­gie Jack­son, John Smoltz, Greg Mad­dux, Tom Glavine and Gay­lord Perry will also be on hand. Former All-Stars and World Series cham­pi­ons in­clude a tour­na­ment fa­vorite Mark Mul­der, a two-time celebrity golf win­ner at Lake Ta­hoe, Tim Wake­field, Eric Gagne and Kevin Mil­lar.

En­ter­tain­ers and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­i­ties in­clude Larry the Ca­ble Guy, Al­fonso Ribeiro, coun­try mu­sic stars Jake Owen, Colt Ford and Cole Swindell, Jack Wagner and Golf Chan­nel’s Blair O’Neal.

Na­tional Hockey League par­tic­i­pants fea­ture Mike Mo­dano and Jeremy Roenick. Former U.S ten­nis star Mardy Fish is de­fend­ing cham­pion.

PGA TOUR Cham­pi­ons in­clude John Daly, Colin Mont­gomerie, Kenny Perry, Mark Cal­cavec­chia, Ian Woos­nam, John Cook, Lee Janzen, Scott Hoch, Jeff Sluman, Tommy Ar­mour III, Gil Mor­gan and Billy May­fair.

The LPGA Tour will fea­ture three of its top Amer­i­can play­ers Lexi Thomp­son, Brittany Lang and Brittany Lin­ci­come.

All three rounds will be na­tion­ally tele­vised live on Golf Chan­nel: Fri­day, Jan. 13 and Satur­day, Jan. 14 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET, and Sun­day, Jan. 15’s fi­nal from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET. Com­pe­ti­tion will uti­lize a Mod­i­fied Sta­ble­ford scor­ing for­mat which awards points as op­posed to strokes – sim­i­lar to the PGA TOUR’s Bar­racuda Cham­pi­onship. The sin­gu­lar for­mat al­lows for a dis­tinct com­pe­ti­tion as all pro­fes­sion­als and celebri­ties play their own ball and com­pete from the same tees for 54 holes. LPGA play­ers and PGA TOUR Cham­pi­ons play­ers will com­pete for $750,000 over the 54-hole tour­na­ment, while the celebri­ties will play for a $500,000 purse. Three­somes will in­clude one PGA TOUR Cham­pion or one LPGA pro­fes­sional and two celebri­ties.

The fun con­tin­ues off the course dur­ing evening ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the week at spe­cial din­ners and con­certs. A su­per-charged coun­try fla­vor will pre­vail as stars Jake Owen, Colt Ford, Jana Kramer and Cole Swindell will be step­ping out of golf shoes into cow­boy boots to en­ter­tain play­ers, celebri­ties, spon­sors and guests with live per­for­mances at Mys­tic Dunes Re­sort & Golf Club.

Golf tour­na­ment tick­ets are avail­able on­line at www.Di­a­mondRe­sort­sIn­vi­ta­tional.com or at any of 200 par­tic­i­pat­ing Wal­greens stores through­out Cen­tral Florida. On­line, the 1-Day Grounds Pass, good for any of the three days (Fri­day-Sun­day), is $30; a 3-Day Grounds Pass, good all three days, is $60. If pur­chased at Wal­greens stores, the 1-Day Grounds Pass is $20 and the 3-Day Grounds pass is $40. Pre­pur­chased tick­ets are re­quired as tick­ets will not be avail­able at the gate.

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