PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The PGA TOUR and Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) announced today that Wyndham has extended its title sponsorship of the Wyndham Championship, one of the TOUR's longest-running tournaments, for four years through 2016.
The 2011 Wyndham Championship will be contested August 15-21 at the Donald-Ross designed Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., with 10-time international winner Arjun Atwal set to defend his maiden PGA TOUR title. The Wyndham Championship is the 37th and final tournament in the PGA TOUR Regular Season and plays a pivotal role in the race to the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. The event offers the final opportunity for players to improve their seeding heading into the Playoffs, or in some instances, move into the top 125 to qualify for the first Playoffs event, The Barclays.
"We are delighted to continue our relationship with Wyndham Worldwide, especially given the critical role the Wyndham Championship has played in the schedule as the final event in the PGA TOUR Regular Season," said Tim Finchem, PGA TOUR commissioner. "Thanks to Wyndham Worldwide's partnership, the Wyndham Championship has received tremendous support in the region, and our players have embraced the event, its leadership and the golf course at Sedgefield Country Club. These factors have all played a large impact on the increases in the tournament's charitable giving since Wyndham signed on as title sponsor in 2007."
In the five years since Wyndham Worldwide joined the Piedmont Triad's PGA TOUR event, the Wyndham Championship has provided more than $1 million annually in charitable impact to organizations including the tournament's official charity, Wishes By Wyndham. Other charitable organizations that have benefited from the Wyndham Championship include Victory Junction, The First Tee of the Triad, the Kevin Harvick Foundation, the American Junior Golf Association Ace Grant, the Crosby Scholars Community Partnership, Multiple Sclerosis of Central North Carolina and the Piedmont Triad Partnership, the organization that promotes central North Carolina regionalism.
"We are excited to continue our partnership with the PGA TOUR and extend the legacy of the Wyndham Championship in the Piedmont Triad," said Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and CEO of Wyndham Worldwide. "The PGA TOUR and Wyndham Worldwide remain a great fit, as both hold a commitment to excellence, a dedication for others through philanthropy and a great appreciation for the time to enjoy one's passions."
"We are proud to extend our agreement with our wonderful partners at Wyndham Worldwide," said Bobby Long, Piedmont Triad Charitable Foundation Board of Directors chairman. "On behalf of the entire region, we are very appreciative of Wyndham Worldwide's continued support and the stability it provides our PGA TOUR event. Steve Holmes, Franz Hanning, Geoff Ballotti, Eric Danziger and the many wonderful people from Wyndham Worldwide are such fun to work with and have become great friends. We couldn't ask for better partners in our quest to make the Wyndham Championship A++ in every way."