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    McKINNEY, Texas -- The PGA TOUR's Nationwide Tour and the Salesmanship Club of Dallas announced Monday that the Tour's season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship will return to TPC Craig Ranch in the Dallas suburb of McKinney in 2012.

    The official name of the tournament will be the "Nationwide Tour Championship at TPC Craig Ranch". TPC Craig Ranch hosted the championship in 2008 when Matt Bettencourt defeated Jeff Klauk by one shot.

    Dates for next year's 20th playing will be announced in the near future.

    Golf Channel, the exclusive television carrier of the Nationwide Tour, will provide coverage of all four rounds.

    As the culminating event of the Nationwide Tour season, the Nationwide Tour Championship at TPC Craig Ranch will feature the top-60 money winners through the year's final full-field event, the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open presented by Planters.

    PGA TOUR cards for 2013 will be awarded at the conclusion of the Championship to "The 25" leading money winners. In addition, No. 1 on the money list will be decided, with that player earning the additional perks of fully exempt status on the PGA TOUR in 2013 and an invitation to THE PLAYERS Championship.

    TPC Craig Ranch opened for play in 2004. A Tom Weiskopf design, it is a 7,438-yard layout from the championship tees that will play to a par 36-35--71 for the tournament.

    "Serving as the stepping off point every year for the 25 graduates who are going to the PGA TOUR, the Nationwide Tour Championship annually provides some of golf's best drama and delivers players to the TOUR who have the game to make an immediate impact," Nationwide Tour president Bill Calfee said. "You need look no further than 2010 graduates and 2011 TOUR winners Keegan Bradley, Jhonattan Vegas, Chris Kirk, Scott Stallings, and Brendan Steele, who won the Championship last year.

    "The 2008 Championship was a big success and with our two fantastic partners again in the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and TPC Craig Ranch, we are confident the 2012 championship will be another great event," Calfee added. "The Salesmanship Club is among the best charity-driven organizations in the country, while TPC Craig Ranch served as a very popular host site three years ago. As we leave Charleston, I want to thank the Student Transportation of America Education Foundation and Daniel Island for being such wonderful hosts the last three years."

    "Hosting this championship is a great opportunity to welcome the future stars of the PGA TOUR," said Steve Barley, president of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. "And, most importantly, it gives us another avenue to raise money and awareness for the children and families served by Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers."

    "We are extremely excited that the Nationwide Tour Championship is returning to TPC Craig Ranch in 2012," said David H. Craig, Master Developer of Craig Ranch. "Both the golf course and the development have matured in the past four years as evidenced by Golf Digest's top-10 ranking among courses in the state of Texas. I definitely feel we will have a championship event that will feature some of the world's finest players competing at the highest level.

    "What makes the event special is participation of The Salesmanship Club of Dallas as the host organization once again. They continue to be the best of the best in their philanthropic efforts and that is a direct result of the quality of individuals that make up the Salesmanship Club. Their expertise and knowledge in running TOUR events will make the 2012 edition at TPC Craig Ranch the most successful and exciting in the history of the Nationwide Tour Championship."

    Past champions of the Nationwide Tour Championship include PGA TOUR winners David Duval (1993), Stewart Cink (1995), Steve Flesch (1997), Bob Burns (1998), Spike McRoy (2000), Chris Couch (2003), Nick Watney (2004), Matt Bettencourt (2008) and Brendan Steele (2010).

    The Nationwide Tour Championship was first played in 1993 and visited Texas (Houston) for the first time in 2006. Texas is joined by Oregon (1993-94), Georgia (1995-96), Alabama (1997-2005), California (2007) and South Carolina (2009-2011) in hosting the first 19 editions. TPC Craig Ranch is the only Tournament Players Club to host the championship.

    The Nationwide Tour Championship was held at the Daniel Island Club in Charleston, S.C., the last three years. This year's event was completed on Sunday with Ken Duke winning the tournament.The official name of the tournament will be the "Nationwide Tour Championship at TPC Craig Ranch". TPC Craig Ranch hosted the championship in 2008 when Matt Bettencourt defeated Jeff Klauk by one shot.

    Dates for next year's 20th playing will be announced in the near future.

    Golf Channel, the exclusive television carrier of the Nationwide Tour, will provide coverage of all four rounds.

    As the culminating event of the Nationwide Tour season, the Nationwide Tour Championship at TPC Craig Ranch will feature the top-60 money winners through the year's final full-field event, the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open presented by Planters.

    PGA TOUR cards for 2013 will be awarded at the conclusion of the Championship to "The 25" leading money winners. In addition, No. 1 on the money list will be decided, with that player earning the additional perks of fully exempt status on the PGA TOUR in 2013 and an invitation to THE PLAYERS Championship.

    TPC Craig Ranch opened for play in 2004. A Tom Weiskopf design, it is a 7,438-yard layout from the championship tees that will play to a par 36-35--71 for the tournament.

    "Serving as the stepping off point every year for the 25 graduates who are going to the PGA TOUR, the Nationwide Tour Championship annually provides some of golf's best drama and delivers players to the TOUR who have the game to make an immediate impact," Nationwide Tour president Bill Calfee said. "You need look no further than 2010 graduates and 2011 TOUR winners Keegan Bradley, Jhonattan Vegas, Chris Kirk, Scott Stallings, and Brendan Steele, who won the Championship last year.

    "The 2008 Championship was a big success and with our two fantastic partners again in the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and TPC Craig Ranch, we are confident the 2012 championship will be another great event," Calfee added. "The Salesmanship Club is among the best charity-driven organizations in the country, while TPC Craig Ranch served as a very popular host site three years ago. As we leave Charleston, I want to thank the Student Transportation of America Education Foundation and Daniel Island for being such wonderful hosts the last three years."

    "Hosting this championship is a great opportunity to welcome the future stars of the PGA TOUR," said Steve Barley, president of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. "And, most importantly, it gives us another avenue to raise money and awareness for the children and families served by Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers."

    "We are extremely excited that the Nationwide Tour Championship is returning to TPC Craig Ranch in 2012," said David H. Craig, Master Developer of Craig Ranch. "Both the golf course and the development have matured in the past four years as evidenced by Golf Digest's top-10 ranking among courses in the state of Texas. I definitely feel we will have a championship event that will feature some of the world's finest players competing at the highest level.

    "What makes the event special is participation of The Salesmanship Club of Dallas as the host organization once again. They continue to be the best of the best in their philanthropic efforts and that is a direct result of the quality of individuals that make up the Salesmanship Club. Their expertise and knowledge in running TOUR events will make the 2012 edition at TPC Craig Ranch the most successful and exciting in the history of the Nationwide Tour Championship."

    Past champions of the Nationwide Tour Championship include PGA TOUR winners David Duval (1993), Stewart Cink (1995), Steve Flesch (1997), Bob Burns (1998), Spike McRoy (2000), Chris Couch (2003), Nick Watney (2004), Matt Bettencourt (2008) and Brendan Steele (2010).

    The Nationwide Tour Championship was first played in 1993 and visited Texas (Houston) for the first time in 2006. Texas is joined by Oregon (1993-94), Georgia (1995-96), Alabama (1997-2005), California (2007) and South Carolina (2009-2011) in hosting the first 19 editions. TPC Craig Ranch is the only Tournament Players Club to host the championship.

    The Nationwide Tour Championship was held at the Daniel Island Club in Charleston, S.C., the last three years. This year's event was completed on Sunday with Ken Duke winning the tournament.

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