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THE FIFTH ANNUAL PUERTO RICO OPEN "More than a game... an experience" March 5 to 11, 2012 Puerto Rico is the premier golf destination in the Caribbean as it boasts championship level courses that were designed by the industries biggest names and plays host to the only PGA TOUR event in the region. The Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com, an official PGA TOUR FedEx Cup event, is entering its fifth year and will again bring the best golfers in the world to Puerto Rico. Both vacationers and professionals agree that Puerto Rico has some of the finest golf courses in the Caribbean and Latin America. As Michael Bradley, the tournament's winner in 2009 & 2011, said when asked about the golf and his experiences here on the island, "Puerto Rico is a special place." Through the growth of The Puerto Rico Open as a global event, The Puerto Rico Golf Association, the official host to the PGA TOUR event, has truly taken the lead in promoting and developing golf within the region. They have not only partnered with the preeminent golf brand in the world, but the association has also brought the game to the island's youth through their dealings with the American Junior Golf Association and the management of the Puerto Rico Junior Open. It is this sense of connecting the game and the Tour to the community that has made the Puerto Rico Open such a special event. The Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com is the largest sporting event on the island. We have created a tournament that provides enjoyment and entertainment for the entire family. The 2012 tournament theme is "More Than A Game ... An Experience," and it is our goal to provide every attendee with a memorable one. Each year we add more activities to the schedule so that the community stays involved throughout tournament week. For example, in 2012 we will host a fashion show, charity 5k, fishing pro-am, corporate barbeque contest and live music each day after play. The Puerto Rico Open truly has something for everyone. In addition, over the tournament's first four years, The Puerto Rico Open has given nearly 300,000 fans the opportunity to watch the best golfers in the world. They have witnessed everything from the high drama of Jason Day missing a six-foot putt for the win in 2009, to Michael Bradley's second victory in three years. Bradley, who will be on hand to defend his title in 2012 against a top-notch field of players is looking forward to the challenge and recently said, "I'm so excited to return to Puerto Rico, and I always tell my fellow Tour players that the hospitality, food and everything else about this tournament is first class." Lastly, each year the tournament has a profound impact on the community through its charitable efforts as well as the economic impact derived from the event. We have amazing partnerships with United Way and our title sponsor, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, which have helped us generate approximately $3,000,000 in charitable funds during the tournament's four-year history. This collaboration has directly benefited the Rio Grande community and Puerto Rico's youth. Furthermore, through both direct and indirect spending associated with the tournament, we have created more than $80,000,000 in economic impact over the life of the event. The Puerto Rico Open and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company invite you to see why we do it better during the 2012 Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com which will be held March 5 - 11, at Trump International Golf Club Puerto Rico.