PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  Fred Couples lines up a putt on the 17th green during the first round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club on February 19, 2015 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

Fred Couples to play in Principal Charity Classic this June

TUCSON, AZ - MARCH 20:  Fred Couples birdies the 12th hole during the first round of the Champions Tour Tucson Conquistadores Classic at Omni Tucson National on March 20, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

TUCSON, AZ – MARCH 20: Fred Couples birdies the 12th hole during the first round of the Champions Tour Tucson Conquistadores Classic at Omni Tucson National on March 20, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

The Principal Charity Classic®, presented by Wells Fargo, the annual PGA TOUR Champions event in Des Moines, is pleased to announce legendary golfer Fred Couples has committed to play in the 2017 Principal Charity Classic. The tournament will take place June 6-11 at historic Wakonda Club.

Couples, who joins fellow World Golf Hall of Fame member Bernhard Langer in the tournament field, has won more than 60 professional golf events – including the 1992 Masters Tournament and the 1984 and 1996 PLAYERS Championships. In addition to his Masters win, Couples has recorded top-three finishes in the PGA TOUR’s three additional majors: the U.S. Open (T3, 1991), The Open Championship (T3, 1991 and ’05) and the PGA Championship (2nd, 1990).

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  Fred Couples lines up a putt on the 17th green during the first round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club on February 19, 2015 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA – FEBRUARY 19: Fred Couples lines up a putt on the 17th green during the first round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club on February 19, 2015 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

Nicknamed “Boom Boom” because of his tremendous power off the tee, Couples is a five-time member of the United States Ryder Cup team. He has also served as captain of three victorious U.S. Presidents Cup squads (2009, ’11, ’13).

“We are thrilled to welcome Fred Couples back to Des Moines and the Principal Charity Classic,” said Greg Conrad, Principal Charity Classic Tournament Director. “Fred is one of golf’s true legends. Many of us grew up watching and cheering for him, and in awe of his effortless swing – which has allowed him to remain very competitive on the PGA TOUR, as well as the PGA TOUR Champions. Most importantly, we are excited for Des Moines, which continues to draw golf’s very best because of the community’s outstanding support.”

Since winning PGA TOUR Champions “Rookie of the Year” honors in 2010, Couples has notched 13 victories, including the 2011 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship and the 2012 Senior Open Championship.

Couples, 57, made his first and only previous appearance at the Principal Charity Classic in 2010, when he finished T11 with rounds of 70-70-66 at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines. The 2017 Principal Charity Classic will mark his first time competing at Wakonda Club.

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - OCTOBER 28:  Fred Couples plays an approach shot on the 16th hole during the first round for the PGA TOUR Champions PowerShares QQQ Championship at Sherwood Country Club on October 28, 2016 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Ryan Young/PGA TOUR)

THOUSAND OAKS, CA – OCTOBER 28: Fred Couples plays an approach shot on the 16th hole during the first round for the PGA TOUR Champions PowerShares QQQ Championship at Sherwood Country Club on October 28, 2016 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Ryan Young/PGA TOUR)

In addition to Couples, current player commitments for the 2017 Principal Charity Classic include 2016 tournament champion Scott McCarron and 2016 PGA TOUR Champions Player of the Year Bernhard Langer, as well as John Daly, Jesper Parnevik, Billy Andrade, Mark Calcavecchia, Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Tom Lehman, Rocco Mediate, Tom Pernice, Jr., David Toms and Fuzzy Zoeller, among other fan favorites.

The Principal Charity Classic was named the PGA TOUR Champions Tournament of the Year in 2016 and has raised nearly $10 million to benefit Iowa children’s charities in the past decade.

Get a ‘Couples’ of tickets for the price of one
To celebrate Fred Couples’ return to the Principal Charity Classic, the tournament is offering a special ticket discount for fans. To get a 2-for-1 price on Good-Any-One-Day tickets to the Principal Charity Classic, simply enter promo code COUPLES
when purchasing tickets online at principalcharityclassic.com now through tournament week.

As a reminder, kids 15 and under may attend the Principal Charity Classic for free if accompanied by a ticketed adult. Complimentary admission is also provided for all active duty, retired and reserve military along with their dependents.

For more information about the Principal Charity Classic, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit principalcharityclassic.com.