Hall of Fame golfer Raymond Floyd, Television personality Ahmad Rashad and Baltimore Ravens All-Pro safety Ed Reed will join Host Kenny G in the feature group of the Kenny G Gold Pro-Am presented by Tire Kingdom Wednesday February 27 at the 2013 Honda Classic.
The foursome will tee off at 12:30 p.m. on the first tee of the Champion course at PGA National Resort & Spa.
Tickets for Wednesday's Pro Am are $30 in advance ($40 at the gate) and can be purchased in advance at thehondaclassic.com or by calling 1-866-8HONDA8 (866-846-6328). Kids under the age of 15 are admitted free every day at The Honda Classic.
"We are again thrilled to be able to present such wonderful celebrity groups for our fans to enjoy on Pro-Am day," Honda Classic Executive Director Kenneth R. Kennerly said. "Our feature group always provides a great deal of fun for everyone and this should be the perfect prelude to what we expect will be another great Honda Classic."
Floyd won 22 times on the PGA TOUR from 1963-1992, including four major championships, with a game that lacked a discernible weakness and whose strengths were a superb short game and an obvious mental toughness. He became known for his distinctive stare, the look of complete concentration that invariably took over his features when he was in contention for a title. In 1976, he won the Masters by eight strokes with a then-record-tying score of 271, using a 5-wood to consistently hit the par-5s in two and playing them in 16 under par for the week. At the 1982 PGA Championship at Southern Hills, Floyd was again on fire, opening with a record 63 and going wire-to-wire again to win by three. Floyd's crowning achievement was winning the 1986 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. The only major Floyd never won was the British Open, where he tied for second at St. Andrews in 1978 and was joint third in 1981.
Along with his explosiveness, Floyd had longevity. He and Sam Snead are the only players ever to win official events in four different decades. In 1992, he became the first player to win on the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour in the same year.
Emmy® Award-winning sportscaster Ahmad Rashad is the host of a series of NBA TV specials, "One on One with Ahmad Rashad". The show features Rashad's candid and in-depth interviews with the NBA's biggest stars, providing viewers with unique insights into the players' careers and personal stories, and gaining their perspective about life on and off the court. Rashad is a former college and pro football star who was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007. He is a four-time Pro-Bowl selection for the Minnesota Vikings, and was voted to the Vikings All-Time 25th Anniversary Team, and their 40th Anniversary Team. Rashad has covered a wide spectrum of sports for NBC, ABC and ESPN across this career. He is an avid golfer, who plays with a who's who of sports and Hollywood foursomes.
Reed was drafted out of the University of Miami by the Super Bowl CHAMPION Baltimore Ravens in and has played his entire professional career for the Ravens. In his career, Reed has been selected to nine Pro Bowls, was the 2004 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award winner, and has the NFL record for the two longest interception returns (106 yards in 2004 and 108 yards in 2008). He also holds the all-time NFL record for interception return yards, currently at 1,506. He is considered one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. Since entering the league, Reed has been known for studying film to memorize opposing teams' tendencies, as well as his ability to lure quarterbacks into throwing interceptions.
For the past two decades, Kenny G has established himself as the biggest-selling instrumental musician of the modern era, with global sales totaling more than 75 million albums. He has collaborated with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Toni Braxton and Frank Sinatra. His album Breathless was the biggest selling instrumental record in U.S. history with more than 12 million records sold in the U.S. alone. His 1994 holiday album Miracles is the best selling holiday album of all-time. In between making music, Kenny G often finds his way to the golf course. In December 2006, Kenny claimed the #1 ranking in Golf Digest's "Top 100 in Music" list, with an impressive +0.6 handicap.
The 2013 edition of The Honda Classic will be played February 25-March 3 at PGA National Resort & Spa. The tournament, Palm Beach County's largest sporting event, awarded $1.85 million to area children's charities in 2012.
Individual daily tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 (Tuesday), $30 (Wednesday), and $40 (Thursday through Sunday). Tickets are $10 more at the gate. A Classic Value Pack good for the entire week is $125 and includes more than $400 in savings at various PGA National Resort & Spa outlets, partner offers and discounts to many local golf courses.
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