Cadillac becomes new title sponsor at TPC Blue MonsterNovember 29, 2010
PGA TOUR staff
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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The PGA TOUR, on behalf of the International Federation of PGA Tours, and Cadillac announced a multi-year agreement whereby Cadillac becomes title sponsor of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and an umbrella sponsor of the World Golf Championships. In 2011, the tournament will be played at TPC Blue Monster, Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Doral, Fla.
"We are absolutely delighted to once again partner with Cadillac, which has a long-standing history with professional golf," said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. "We couldn't be more pleased to welcome Cadillac back through this sponsorship with the World Golf Championships. We believe that the World Golf Championships will provide Cadillac with an effective and valuable marketing platform that will provide an excellent return on its investment. In addition to today's announcement about the return of the World Golf Championships to Miami, we also look forward to exploring opportunities with Cadillac to bring PGA TOUR tournament golf back to Detroit."
The World Golf Championships umbrella sponsorship provides Cadillac with a high-profile global marketing platform, including extensive branding and advertising across the four-event global series, as well as opportunities to connect with customers and dealers. Cadillac also will have vehicle display programs at events and throughout the year at Doral Resort, as well as initiate dealer and lead-generation programs.
"The World Golf Championships are all about the highest level of performance on a global stage and fit well with Cadillac's theme as the New Standard of the World," said Don Butler, Vice President for Cadillac Marketing. "As a global series, it provides us with an ideal marketing partnership for Cadillac to efficiently and effectively reach our target audience. We could not think of a more fitting way to bring golf back to Cadillac."
Introduced in 1999, the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship features an elite field comprised of the top 50 players from the Official World Golf Ranking, top 30 from the previous year's FedExCup points list, top 10 from the current FedExCup points list, top 20 from the previous year's European Tour Race to Dubai, top 10 from the current European Tour Race to Dubai, and the top two players from the previous year's Order of Merit on the Japan Golf Tour, Australasian Tour, Sunshine Tour and Asian Tour.
The championship moved to Doral's TPC Blue Monster Course in 2007. Ernie Els is the defending champion.