Press Releases

Statement from Dennis Caldwell, Cologuard Classic Tournament Chairman

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This year we have all experienced unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While uncertainty persists, the Tucson Conquistador leadership team continues to focus on hosting another world-class golf event that will make our community proud. Due to COVID-19, this year’s Cologuard Classic will be different in all regards. The 2021 tournament will still host a top-tier field of PGA TOUR Champions professionals; however, attendance will be reduced, and the few hospitality venues will be open-air, limited-capacity private suites derived from COVID specific protocols. We are planning for Cologuard Classic week to consist of an Am-Am event on February 22nd...

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Cologuard Classic Welcomes New Tournament Director

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Katy Pradella To Lead Tucson’s Pga Tour Champions Event Tucson, Ariz. (October 1, 2020) – The Tucson Conquistadores, the tournament management team that oversees the PGA TOUR Champions’ Cologuard Classic, formally announced today that Katy Pradella has been named the Executive Director of the Tucson Conquistadores and the Tournament Director of the Cologuard Classic. The golf tournament is set to be contested February 22-28, 2021 at the Omni Tucson National Resort. Pradella joins the organization replacing Judy McDermott, who after three decades at the helm of PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions events in Tucson, moves into a full-time role...

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Ernie Els, Jose Maria Olazabal and Steve Stricker Commit to 2020 Cologuard Classic

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Darren Clarke and John Daly Receive Sponsor Exemptions Tucson, Ariz. (February 19, 2020) – PGA TOUR Champions rookie Ernie Els, 2018 Cologuard Classic champion Steve Stricker, and two-time Masters champion José María Olazábal have committed to play in next week’s Cologuard Classic. In addition, tournament officials also announced that Darren Clarke and John Daly will receive sponsor exemptions into the PGA TOUR Champions’ event. The Cologuard Classic will be played February 26-March 1, 2020 at Omni Tucson National’s Catalina Course. A field of 78 players will vie for the $1.7 million purse with a first-place prize of $255,000. PGA TOUR...

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Larry The Cable Guy and Rusty Wallace to Join Lee Brice and Roger Clemens For Cologuard Classic “Celebrity Challenge” on Saturday, February 29th

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Tucson, Ariz. (February 13, 2020) – Comedian/actor Larry The Cable Guy and racing legend Rusty Wallace will join country music singer-songwriter Lee Brice and Major League Baseball pitching great Roger Clemens in the second annual Cologuard Classic “Celebrity Challenge” on Saturday, February 29th . Played during the second round of the PGA TOUR Champions event, the celebrity group will play 9 holes, teeing off on the back nine at approximately 2:30 p.m. The four celebrities will compete for far more than pride and bragging rights, as a $50,000 donation will be split between three colorectal cancer advocacy groups on behalf...

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John Smoltz Receives Sponsor Exemption to Play in 2020 Cologuard Classic

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Tucson, Ariz. (February 6, 2020) – The Cologuard Classic announced today that Hall-of-Fame pitcher John Smoltz will receive a sponsor exemption to play in the 2020 Cologuard Classic, to be played February 26- March 1, 2020 at Omni Tucson National’s Catalina Course. 2020 will mark the second straight year that Smoltz has played in Tucson’s PGA TOUR Champions event on a sponsor exemption. In 2019, Smoltz finished T53 with rounds of 73-74-73 on the par 73 Catalina Course. The 52-year-old, 1996 NL Cy Young Award winner played in three PGA TOUR Champions events in 2019, including the Mitsubishi Electric Classic...

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