3 more PGA champions to play in Charity Classic

BARRINGTON, R.I. (WPRI) – Three more PGA tour champions will be heading to Barrington this June to take part in the CVS Caremark Charity Classic.

Tournament co-hosts Billy Andrade and Brad Faxon announced that FedExCup points leader Jimmy Walker will be joining the 16th annual tournament. Still on a hot streak, Walker has three wins and six top 10 finishes so far this season.

This year’s tournament will also feature two-time PGA tour winner Jonas Blixt and five-time PGA tour champion Bill Haas. Sweeden native Blixt will be making his first appearance at the tournament, while Haas and his father Jay were the Charity Classic champions in 2004.

The addition of Walker, Blixt, and Haas to the tournament roster brings the total number of PGA tour professionals who rank among the top 35 golfers to seven.

Matt Kuchar, who won the tournament in 2012 with Zack Johnson, will join the Charity Classic for the fourth time with his father as his dedicated caddy. Johnson, who is currently ranked 13th in the world, will also be returning.

The tournaments 2013 champions, Steve Stricker and Bo VanPelt, will also be returning to Barrington in June.

PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner will be in Barrington for the first time. Charity Classic winner Peter Jacobsen, who helps organize and run the tournament, will be returning to the field.

Representing the LPGA Tour are 2015 U.S. Solheim Cup Team Captain Julie Inkster and Lexi Thompson, who is currently ranked sixth in the world.

The 16th Annual CVS Caremark Charity Classic is scheduled to tee off in Barrington on June 22. Over the last 15 years, the annual tournament has raised more than $16 million to support local charities that help children and families across the area.

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