Big Names Gather for Charity


CVS Charity ClassicEach of the last five years, good friends Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade have hosted the CVS Charity Classic at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, R.I. But neither man has ever claimed victory. This year theyll have a sixth opportunity to do so. And theyll have to beat one another to do it.
Faxon and Andrade will partner with different players when the two-day tournament begins Monday (TGC 4:00 p.m. EDT). Faxon will pair with Greg Norman, while Andrade will team up with Arnold Palmer.
The 36-hole event features 10 two-man teams playing a medal-play, better-ball format. The winning team will share $250,000 of the $1.3 million purse.
More importantly, over $1 million is expected to be raised for charity. The CVS Charity Classic has distributed more than $3.5 million in charitable donations to dozens of organizations since 1999, including $1.05 million last year.
The event was born from the ashes of its PGA Tour predecessor. The CVS Charity Classic was an official tour event from 1965 to 1998. When it was cancelled, in an effort to keep alive a tournament in the New England area and continue to raise money for charity, Faxon and Andrade started its unofficial namesake.
Faxon and Andrade partnered four of the first five years. Andrade played with Palmer in 2001 and tied for eighth. Faxon played with Gary Player that year and finished second.
They earned their best finish as a team last year, when they were runners-up to Jeff Sluman and Rocco Mediate.
Sluman is the only player to have won this event twice, capturing the inaugural event with Stuart Appleby in 1999.
Justin Leonard and Davis Love III won in 2000; Mark Calcavecchia and Nick Price in 2001; Dudley Hart and Chris DiMarco in 2002.
This years field includes eight majors winners. The field of 20 has combined for 15 major titles and 181 tour victories.
Peter Jacobson and Chris Riley
David Toms and Chad Campbell
Craig Stadler and Jerry Kelly
Kenny Perry and Shaun Micheel
Brett Quigley and Dana Quigley
Mike Weir and Davis Love III
Jay Haas and Bill Haas
Arnold Palmer and Billy Andrade
Rocco Mediate and Jeff Sluman
Greg Norman and Brad Faxon