November 13, 2023
Nelly Korda and Annika Sorenstam will play in the 2023 PNC Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes, Dec.14-17.
Korda, at 25 years old, has already spent 37 weeks at World No.1, while Sorenstam dominated the women’s game for much of her career, sitting atop the Rolex World Rankings for 60 weeks and winning ten majors and 72 LPGA titles along the way.
Korda will make her third appearance in the PNC Championship partnering with her dad, Australian Open tennis champion, Petr Korda. The twosome finished tied for 5th last year. Sorenstam will once again play with her 12-year-old son Will. As the youngest player to ever tee it up in the PNC Championship last year, fan favorite Will rated his debut experience at Grande Lakes a ‘10 out of 10’ and will be hoping to follow up on his impressive showing last year.
“Will and I have been looking forward to the PNC Championship all year. We had an amazing experience last year, both playing together and being able to share the whole adventure with our family. The memories we made will stay with us forever,” Sorenstam said. “I was so proud of the way Will handled the pressure of playing in front of so many fans and among so many legends of the game. He played well and enjoyed every single minute, which is what it’s all about.”
“I am thrilled to be invited back to be part of this very special event which has already come to mean so much to both me and dad, and our family, Korda said. “We managed to improve to T5th place last year so hopefully we can get in the mix again this year as I can’t think of a sweeter way to end the season than by winning alongside my dad!”
Korda and Sorenstam join a host of past champions already confirmed: defending champions Vijay and Qass Singh, John Daly (2021), Justin Thomas (2020), David Duval (2016), Stewart Cink (2013) and Bernhard Langer (2005, 2006, 2014, 2019).
This is PNC Bank’s 12th year as the tournament’s title sponsor. The event was renamed the PNC Championship in 2020, reflecting the world class talent at this inclusive family tournament that showcases the special bonds that the love of golf creates.
The tournament, which will be broadcast live across NBC, GOLF Channel and Peacock, attracts major champions whose victories this year span 1959 to the present day. Last year, the PNC Championship gathered a field of golfing greats that had won 73 major titles. With only 20 teams competing, players past and present have shown unprecedented interest in campaigning for a spot in the star-studded line-up.
The PNC Championship has continued to evolve and develop since the inaugural tournament in 1995, when 10 major winners gathered with their sons. The tournament now features 20 major champions and their relatives competing in a two-day, 36-hole scramble for the Willie Park Trophy.
To qualify for the PNC Championship, players must have won a major championship or The Players Championship. Their partner must not hold any playing status on a professional Tour.
The PNC Championship is operated in partnership by IMG and NBC Sports.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2023 Championship. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit pncchampionship.com.
Past Champions of the PNC Championship
- 1995 – Raymond Floyd and Raymond Floyd Jr.
- 1996 – Raymond Floyd and Raymond Floyd Jr.
- 1997 – Raymond Floyd and Raymond Floyd Jr.
- 1998 – Bob Charles and David Charles
- 1999 – Jack Nicklaus and Gary Nicklaus
- 2000 – Raymond Floyd and Robert Floyd
- 2001 – Raymond Floyd and Robert Floyd
- 2002 – Craig Stadler and Kevin Stadler
- 2003 – Hale Irwin and Steve Irwin
- 2004 – Larry Nelson and Drew Nelson
- 2005 – Bernhard Langer and Stefan Langer
- 2006 – Bernhard Langer and Stefan Langer
- 2007 – Larry Nelson and Josh Nelson
- 2008 – Larry Nelson and Drew Nelson
- 2012 – Davis Love III and Davis “Dru” Love IV
- 2013 – Stewart Cink and Connor Cink
- 2014 – Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer
- 2015 – Lanny Wadkins and Tucker Wadkins
- 2016 – David Duval and Nick Karavites
- 2017 – Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera, Jr.
- 2018 – Davis Love III and Davis “Dru” Love IV
- 2019 – Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer
- 2020 – Justin Thomas and Mike Thomas
- 2021 – John Daly and John Daly II
- 2022 – Vijay Singh and Qass Singh
About PNC Bank
PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.
About NBC Sports
NBC Sports connects people to the moments that matter most and serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. As the sports division of NBCUniversal, NBC Sports presents premier content across linear platforms NBC, USA Network, Golf Channel, as well numerous digital sites, including Peacock. NBC Sports possesses an unparalleled collection of media rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the NFL, Big Ten Conference, NASCAR, INDYCAR, PGA TOUR, Notre Dame, The R&A, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, Premier League, MLB, Tour de France, Roland-Garros, and many more. It also consists of NBC Sports Next, a subdivision of NBC Sports and home to all NBCUniversal digital applications in sports and technology within its three groups: Youth & Recreational Sports, Golf, and Betting & Gaming.
About Grande Lakes Orlando
Hidden in the heart of Orlando, Grande Lakes Orlando sits on 500 lush acres at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. The resort features a 582-room Ritz-Carlton, 1,010-room JW Marriott hotel, the 40,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton spa as well as three picture-perfect pools including a lazy river and waterpark with three slides. The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Tennis Club, which hosts the PNC Championship, includes an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed championship golf course. A dozen celebrated dining venues throughout include Knife & Spoon, one MICHELIN star steak and seafood restaurant led by award-winning chef John Tesar, and Primo, MICHELIN recommended Mediterranean/Italian fare by multiple James Beard award-winning chef Melissa Kelly, a leader in the farm-to-fork movement. Grande Lakes Orlando restaurants source fresh ingredients from Whisper Creek Farm, an on-property 18,000-square-foot working farm, as well as on-site apiaries. The resort features a wide array of additional activities: kayaking, eco-tours on Shingle Creek, falconry, mountain biking and fishing school. Conference and meeting attendees have their pick of meeting space options located across 150,000 square feet plus more than 100,000 square feet of outdoor space. Grande Lakes is located 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport, five minutes from the Orange County Convention Center and minutes from the major theme parks.
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