|Furyk, Mickelson, Els, Among Early Commitments For Fifth Wachovia Championship|
CHARLOTTE N.C. - Three of the top five players in the world are once again making plans to compete in the fifth Wachovia Championship, April 30-May 6 at Quail Hollow Club.
Defending champion Jim Furyk will return to Charlotte and attempt to become the first back-to-back champion in tournament history. However, the world's No. 2 player must negotiate a field of competitors and a golf course that has become one of the strongest combinations on the PGA TOUR.
One of those players will be Phil Mickelson, winner of last week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Mickelson, the world's fourth ranked player, will be competing in his third consecutive Wachovia Championship. He finished among the top ten in both 2004 and 2005.
South Africa's Ernie Els is scheduled to make his second appearance at the Wachovia Championship. Els- currently ranked fifth in the world- was tied for 38th in the 2006 Wachovia Championship.
"We are honored that these caliber of players are already looking ahead and making plans to come to the Wachovia Championship," said Executive Director Kym Hougham. "With over 70 days to go before our week on the PGA TOUR schedule, these early commitments support our feeling that a strong field will be competing here in May."
Tickets for the 2007 edition of the Wachovia Championship are on sale. A limited number of daily and weekly packages are available.
Ticket options include a Practice Pack that consists of daily tickets for Monday's Pro-Am along with Tuesday's practice day and the Wednesday Pro-Am for $25. Tickets for the first two rounds Thursday and Friday are $40 each and tickets for the final two rounds Saturday and Sunday are $50 each. Weekly books are also available for $140.
For the first time, the cost of parking at authorized tournament lots as well as shuttle service to and from Quail Hollow Club is included in the ticket price for the April 30-May 6 PGA TOUR event.
The general public may purchase tickets by visiting www.wachoviachampionship.com or by calling (800) 945-0777.
To accommodate families, children ages 12 and under are free with a paid adult admission (one child per paying adult).
Weekly ticket books include admission to all seven days of the tournament. With ticket books, the same person does not have to use the ticket each day, allowing family members, friends and business associates to share the cost of the event.
Proceeds from the 2007 Wachovia Championship will benefit Teach For America, a national education foundation that provides a corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit to teach for two years in underserved urban and rural public schools. In four years, the Wachovia Championship has donated $5.7 million to charities.
The Wachovia Championship's $6.3 million purse is one of the highest on the PGA TOUR, guaranteeing the winner in excess of $1 million. In 2005, the Wachovia Championship signed an agreement with the PGA TOUR to hold the event in Charlotte through the year 2010.
About the Wachovia Championship
The Wachovia Championship is one of the largest, most prestigious sporting events in the Charlotte region. Now leading up to its fifth year, the tournament is intended as an annual tradition that will bring customers, players and patrons back each year for an unforgettable golf experience. In a short four years, the national and international golf community has already recognized it as one of the top events on the PGA TOUR. The 2007 tournament will be held April 30-May 6. Sponsored by Wachovia Corporation (NYSE:WB), the tournament's $6.3 million purse is one of the largest on the PGA TOUR. A combination of Quail Hollow Club, the spirit of the Charlotte area community and the support of Wachovia are several reasons the Wachovia Championship has and should continue to draw many of the world's top golfers to Charlotte.
For more information, visit the tournament website, www.wachoviachampionship.com.
Wachovia Corporation (NYSE:WB) is one of the nation's largest diversified financial services companies, providing a broad range of retail banking and brokerage, asset and wealth management, and corporate and investment banking products and services. Including the Golden West merger, which closed on October 1, 2006, Wachovia has retail and commercial banking operations in 21 states with 3,400 retail banking offices from Connecticut to Florida and west to Texas and California. In addition, two core businesses operate under the Wachovia Securities brand name: retail brokerage with 737 offices in 49 states and in Latin America, and corporate and investment banking in selected industries nationwide. Other nationwide businesses include mortgage lending in 39 states and auto finance covering 46 states. Globally, Wachovia serves clients through more than 40 international offices. Online banking is available at wachovia.com; online brokerage products and services at wachoviasec.com, and investment products and services at evergreeninvestments.com. At September 30, 2006, Wachovia had assets of $559.9 billion and market capitalization of $88.2 billion. On the same date, based on pro forma data, Wachovia's combined assets were approximately $700 billion and combined market capitalization was $107 billion.