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    • Nissan Open to continue at Riviera Country Club through 2005

    November 29, 1999
    Pacific Palisades, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce and Riviera Country have extended their agreement to stage the Nissan Open PGA TOUR event at the historic Pacific Palisades course through 2005, it was announced. The prior agreement was due to expire after the 2000 tournament. The Nissan Open has been held at Riviera 37 times, including all but two years since 1973. The Nissan Open is the oldest civic-sponsored event on the PGA TOUR, launching in 1926.

    When Ernie Els defends his title at the 2000 Nissan Open, Feb. 14-20, at Riviera, he and the rest of the outstanding 144-player international field will be playing for a record total purse of $3.1 million and a first prize of $558,000.

    "Riviera is one of the premiere golf courses in the world," said Nissan Open Tournament Director Tom Pulchinski. "We are delighted to extend the tremendous relationship we have enjoyed with Riviera into the new millennium."

    "Riviera Country Club is extremely pleased to extend its partnership with the LAJCC and the Nissan Open," said Noboru Watanabe, president of Marukin Corporation, which owns and operates Riviera. "Playing host to the Nissan Open is one of the highlights every year at Riviera and enables us to showcase our spectacular facility to the rest of America and the world."