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2018 Zach Johnson Foundation Classic adds Jason Dufner, Tony Finau, Ryan Moore

Field also includes Steve Stricker, John Daly, Jay Haas and Bill Haas

Tony Finau (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Tony Finau (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Several name-players have been added to next Monday’s Zach Johnson Foundation Classic at Elmcrest Country Club.

Jay Haas won nine times on the PGA Tour and has 18 PGA Champions Tour wins. His son, Bill Haas, is a six-time PGA Tour-winner who has played for the U.S. on three Presidents Cup teams. Both will be at the ZJFC. Others in the field include:

Jason Dufner, the winner of the 2003 PGA Championship. Dufner was Johnson’s doubles partner at the 2012 Ryder Cup. He has five Tour wins.

Tony Finau, 31st in the latest World Golf Rankings, is in the field. He tied for 10th place at this year’s Masters and finished fifth at the U.S. Open.

Daniel Berger, 40th in the World Rankings. He tied for sixth at this year’s U.S. Open.

Ryan Moore, who had the Ryder Cup-clinching victory for the U.S. in the 2016 Ryder Cup, two months after he won the John Deere Classic.

Previously announced players in the ZJFC were John Daly, Steve Stricker and Kyle Stanley.

The 16 men’s pros in the field have a combined 67 PGA Tour wins and five major championships.

Celebrities participating include former Iowa/NFL star tight end Dallas Clark, NASCAR driver Landon Cassill of Cedar Rapids, and Ben Higgins from “The Bachelor.”

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Johnson is a 12-time PGA Tour winner from Cedar Rapids and the host of this eighth-annual event. Last year’s ZJFC raised over $1 million. The money raised supports Kids on Course, a program that just finished its seventh year at Grant, Harrison and Van Buren elementary schools and Roosevelt and Wilson middle schools. Kids on Course provides tutoring, enrichment, parent engagement strategies and health supports to put students on a path to postsecondary education.

Admission to the ZJFC is free, but tickets are required. They are available at all Cedar Rapids and Marion Hy-Vee grocery and drugstores. Information about parking, shuttles and the schedule of events can be found here.

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