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PGA TOUR Announces New Umbrella Sponsor & Restructuring Viewed 53,192 timesBy: Senior Editor
Published for Salt Lake City, Utah (Area-Info.net Jul. 04, 2012)
Utah Championship has new partner in Web.com
Salt Lake City (July 3, 2012) – The PGA TOUR and internet service provider and online marketing solutions company Web.com, have signed a 10-year umbrella sponsorship agreement. Formerly known as the Nationwide Tour, the Tour will know be named the Web.com Tour, and will continue to identify and transition top players who are ready to compete and win on the PGA TOUR.
The 10-year agreement helps to secure the future of the Web.com Tour and positions it for continued impact on the PGA TOUR moving forward. The success of the Web.com Tour is reflected in the success of its alumni since the Tour was introduced in 1990. As the ,"official proving ground of the PGA TOUR," three out of four PGA TOUR members have played on the Web.com Tour and alumni have accounted for more than 330 TOUR victories.
"We are extremely pleased to welcome Web.com into the PGA TOUR's family of sponsors," PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem said. "The Web.com Tour truly is an extension of the PGA TOUR and has proven to be the most effective and consistent indicator of future success on TOUR. We consider this an ideal association with a recognized industry leader in helping small- to medium-sized businesses become successful as a result of using its services."
The new sponsorship will take effect immediately, giving the Utah Championship a new partner in Web.com and a new look. "Web.com's 10-year sponsorship will provide a stable umbrella sponsor to help build and grow this Tour," said Jeff Robbins, president & CEO of the Utah Sports Commission.
In addition to the announcement regarding Web.com, the TOUR also announced the restructuring of the PGA TOUR qualifying system. Beginning in 2013, all 50 PGA TOUR cards available will be determined on the Web.com Tour, arguable the most significant change ever to the PGA TOUR Qualifying system. The fields for the three final Web.com Tour events, which will be held around the FedExCup Playoffs, will include the top 75 players on the Web.com Tour's money list, the players ranked 126-200 on the PGA TOUR's FedExCup points list and non-members who meet certain eligibility standards. The current annual Qualifying School and Tournaments will now become the eligibility avenue to qualify for the Web.com Tour.
"Since its inception in 1990, the Web.com Tour has been the proving ground for many of the most successful players on the PGA TOUR," said Bill Calfee, President of the Web.com Tour. "In addition to the quality of play, the standard of our tournaments has been significantly elevated to the point that today the Tour truly is an extension of the PGA TOUR in every way. Now, with an outstanding new umbrella sponsor in Web.com and the new PGA TOUR qualifying changes that will award all 50 new cards through our final three tournaments, the Web.com Tour is poised to continue to shape and strengthen the future of the PGA TOUR."
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