CANONSBURG, Pa. / PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The PGA TOUR's Nationwide Tour and Mylan Inc. announced today that a new Nationwide Tour event, the Mylan Classic, will be played at Southpointe Golf Club in the Pittsburgh, Pa. suburb of Canonsburg beginning in 2010.
The 72-hole stroke-play event will be played Sept. 2-5 and feature 156 players from 19 countries competing for a purse of $600,000. The tournament will be preceded by a pro-am on Wednesday, Sept. 1.
GOLF CHANNEL will televise all four rounds of the Mylan Classic in the United States. Internationally, it will be distributed via the PGA TOUR to 72 countries, including Japan, China, Korea, Hong Kong and parts of Europe and Latin America.
The PGA TOUR and a non-profit organization formed by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce have entered into a three-year agreement to conduct the Mylan Classic.
"We are extremely proud to sponsor the Mylan Classic right here in our own backyard at the Southpointe Golf Club in Canonsburg," said Mylan chairman and CEO Robert J. Coury. "This sponsorship is very compatible with our longstanding commitment to the communities where Mylan operates, and it's a great example of an event that has a significant and positive impact on the region in which it is held. We look forward to working with the PGA TOUR, the Chamber of Commerce and Southpointe Golf Club to ensure a highly successful leg of the Tour that will bring positive national and international attention to the Pittsburgh area."
"Adding the Mylan Classic and the Pittsburgh market to the 2010 Nationwide Tour schedule is very important to this Tour," said Nationwide Tour president Bill Calfee. "Mylan is a global leader in the pharmaceutical business and shares similar values with the PGA TOUR. We're excited about being able to showcase the Nationwide Tour's incredible talent and season-long quest to earn a PGA TOUR card, and to help build the Mylan brand throughout the U.S. and internationally as well."
"It brings great pleasure for Southpointe Golf Club and its members to host a golf tournament that is part of the PGA TOUR," said Rodney L. Piatt, president of the club. "The Nationwide Tour event will bring to Southwestern Pennsylvania some of the greatest professional golfers in the world. It is very fitting that a global company such as Mylan be the title sponsor."
A number of current or former Nationwide Tour members have ties to Western Pennsylvania including Jon Mills (resides in Indiana, Pa.), Steve Wheatcroft (born in Indiana, Pa.), Scott Dunlap (born in Pittsburgh) and Bob Friend (Pittsburgh). Former U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk lived in Uniontown, Pa. as a youth.
Joining today's announcement via telephone was Jason Gore, the winner of TOUR events in 2005 in nearby Farmington, Pa. (84 Lumber Classic on the PGA TOUR) and Bridgeport, W. Va. (National Mining Association Pete Dye Classic on the Nationwide Tour).
"Golf fans of Pittsburgh are going to love the Nationwide Tour," said Gore. "They will find the players are very approachable and their talent level absolutely spectacular. Mylan's clients will enjoy meeting them in the pro-am and at other tournament functions. Both my mother and brother live in the area, so I will be paying particularly close attention to the Mylan Classic. I wish everyone well. I know it's going to be great new tournament on the Nationwide Tour."
"We welcome the PGA TOUR and the Nationwide Tour to Washington County, not only for the international attention this event will bring, but for the substantial economic impact it will have on our community," said Washington County Chamber of Commerce president Jeff Kotula. "We estimate the event will create nearly $8.8 million in economic impact for our local economy and that is good business for local companies and quality of life assets."