CANTON, Ohio — Legends of golf and football will unite for a new PGA Tour Champions event.
The James Hardie Pro Football Hall of Fame Invitational will debut March 31-April 6, 2025, at The Old Course at Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton, Florida.
The tour and home building products company James Hardie announced the news Tuesday afternoon at the Hall of Fame.
The three-day invitational will feature a field of 78 PGA Tour Champions players and 26 football icons competing for a purse of $2.2 million, according to a news release. It will be televised by Golf Channel.
PGA Tour Champions President Miller Brady told the Akron Beacon Journal an agreement had been reached to hold the event at Broken Sound Club for five years.
“And hopefully much longer,” Brady added.
During the news conference, two-time Masters champion and six-time Charles Schwab Cup Championship winner Bernhard Langer said he has lived in Boca Raton for the last 35 years and is eager to “rub shoulders with” Hall of Famers there.
“I will never play football with them, but I’ll be happy to play golf with them,” he said. “It’d be too scary for me out in the football arena. This should be a lot of fun. There’s a lot of excitement. My colleagues are all thrilled about the news, and I know the PGA Tour is. It’s going to be a home run right away.”
Brady said there are no plans to eventually use Firestone Country Club for the invitational because the famous Akron site already hosts the Kaulig Companies Championship.
What Brady does envision is Hall of Famers drawing “a different fan base” to a PGA Tour Champions event.
“It just generates greater awareness,” he said.
Hall of Famers Ronde Barber, John Randle and Anthony Munoz attended the news conference and expressed enthusiasm about the tournament.
“I think the interest will be high,” said Barber, a former five-time Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl cornerback. “There are some competitive guys in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Obviously, they’ve had very successful careers in the NFL, and that energy has to go somewhere.
“For most of them, it goes to golf. And the ones that put time into it and really try to perfect it, they’re really good. [Hall of Fame running back] Marshall Faulk is a really good…