Such has been the impact of the PGA TOUR’s Together, Anything’s Possible charitable platform that Swedish golfer Jonas Blixt succinctly explained what it meant to see thousands of lives being touched beyond the ropes.
“I feel like playing on the PGA TOUR almost comes second,” said the three-time TOUR winner. “What we get to do for charity, what the PGA TOUR gives back to the community is the greatest thing about playing on the PGA TOUR.”
Indeed, beyond the push to excel in the professional game and beyond the pursuit of golfing greatness, the PGA TOUR’s stars and the tournaments that form its annual schedule have joined forces to go beyond the game and impact the lives of people in places where the TOUR visits.
In 2017, the PGA TOUR and its tournaments generated more than US$180 million for charitable causes, surpassing the previous year’s record amount by approximately US$14 million. The landmark announcement raised the all-time total generated for charity by the PGA TOUR to US$2.65 billion.
From supporting children’s hospitals to mobilising disaster relief, building homes for disabled troops and providing educational opportunities for kids, raising awareness and research for cancer and autism to provide food aid, the PGA TOUR has taken the lead to make a difference beyond establishing global golf stars who make headlines every week.
“The entire PGA TOUR family takes tremendous pride in the positive impact that we continue to make each year through the millions of dollars that are raised for very deserving charitable organizations,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “As we often note, beyond the sheer dollar amount, the real story is in the hundreds of thousands of lives that benefit from these contributions every year.”