On Wednesday January 20th, Phil Mickelson hosted The American Express Charity Challenge to raise $1 million to support local charities. Country music star Jake Owen and Landon Donovan, retired U.S. men’s professional soccer star, teamed up with Tony Finau and Paul Casey.
Casey, Finau, Owen and Donovan interview at The American Express Charity Challenge
Mickelson, tournament host for this week’s The American Express in Palm Desert, California, wore a mask and a microphone to emcee The American Express Charity Challenge at PGA West on Wednesday. Playing alternate shot, Paul Casey, with singer Jake Owen, and Tony Finau, with retired soccer star Landon Donovan, raised $1 million for Coachella Valley charities.
Casey and Owen, a former competitive junior golfer, easily won the match. Mickelson got off the most one-liners.
“I’m going to watch and talk smack,” he said after the first-tee introductions, “which is what I do better than play right now, so let’s have at it.”
Most of his needle came at his own expense.
On the first tee he handed Owen a $100 bill, eliciting laughter. The move was a reference to Owen jokingly complaining about the quality of the golf in The Match, an earlier made-for-TV event between Mickelson and Tiger Woods, and Mickelson giving him his money back.
Owen, however, played well, despite making nothing on the greens.
Full coverage of the Charity Challenge at PGA Tour site.