Some tournaments have better trophies than others. The jackets at Augusta and Hilton Head and Jack's place are great. Arnie's cardigan is cool (though the sword may have been cooler, if less practical). But the winner of the PGA Tour's event Colonial in 2019, now named the Charles Schwab Challenge, is going to get perhaps the best trophy of all.
The 2019 champion of the first year for Schwab as the title sponsor of the event will receive a restored 1973 Dodge Challenger.
Why 1973? That's the year Schwab founded his firm, which is headquartered in San Francisco and has been a PGA Tour sponsor for decades, most notably with the PGA Tour Champions. The tartan jacket for the winner and the Leonard trophy will still be awarded, as well, but this extra touch definitely stands out. Usually cars are prizes for holes-in-one, not the tournament itself.
The restoration, done by Steve Strope of Pure Vision Design in California, features a new sky blue paint job, tartan trim and some other touches still under wraps. The Schwab name will be across the back of the rear of the car in a font similar to the Challenger's original Dodge writing. It's a six-month project.
This prize is part of an effort to put some new touches in one of the PGA Tour's longest-running events. The car certainly should catch the attention of plenty of potential entrants to this invitational event.