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December 5 2013

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Finchem statement on Mandela's death

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Nelson Mandela attended the opening ceremonies of the 2003 Presidents Cup.

By PGA TOUR staff

Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela, who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of apartheid, died on Thursday. He was 95.

Here is a statement from PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem:

"We share the world’s mourning of Nelson Mandela’s death. We had the honor and privilege of meeting Mr. Mandela during The Presidents Cup in 2003, when he attended the opening ceremony and graciously made himself available to meet individually with the players. It was a memorable week and his mere presence helped elevate the stature of the event. We truly feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet such a great man."

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