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Country music star Jake Owen and retired soccer star Landon Donovan join The American Express Charity Challenge


The American Express announced that country music star Jake Owen and Landon Donovan, retired U.S. men’s professional soccer star, will be teaming up with PGA TOUR professionals Tony Finau and Paul Casey in The American Express Charity Challenge to raise $1 million to support local charities.

44-time PGA TOUR winner and World Golf Hall of Fame member Phil Mickelson will emcee as Finau and Donovan team up against Casey and Owen in a $1 million match benefitting local charities.

The American Express Charity Challenge will be broadcast live by Golf Channel, PGA TOUR LIVE, GOLFTV, and on social platforms on Wednesday, January 20, at 2 p.m. PT.

Finau and Donovan will play for ‘Youth Development and Education’ charities while Casey and Owen will play for ‘Health and Wellness’ charities.

Finau and Donovan will play for ‘Youth Development and Education’ charities while Casey and Owen will play for ‘Health and Wellness’ charities.

In addition to serving as host and emcee, Mickelson will participate in the match through “Phil’s Challenges.” Mickelson will challenge Finau and Casey throughout the match at his discretion and can include long drives, closest to the pin or even trick shots. If the challenged player beats Mickelson, money will be donated to their charity initiative, but if they lose the challenge the money will go to the other team’s charity initiative.

When the match reaches the second to last hole – the par-3 17th hole known as Alcatraz – each player, including Mickelson, will get a shot at a one-million-dollar hole-in-one for charity. For any player that makes a hole-in-one, an additional one-million-dollars will go to Coachella Valley charities.

Since its introduction in 1960 as the Palm Springs Golf Classic, the tournament has generated more than $60 million for numerous nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting Coachella Valley residents.

In December, the tournament announced that a $1 million donation had been distributed from the 2020 event to local Coachella Valley charities.

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