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The Presidents Cup provides $100,000 (AUS) to Victorian Bushfire Appeal

March 30, 2009

The PGA TOUR donated $100,000 (AUS) donation on behalf of The Presidents Cup to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal, a fund organized to assist individuals and communities affected by the fires that have killed more than 200 people and destroyed nearly 2,000 homes in Victoria, Australia.  The country’s worst natural disaster in a century, the Victorian Bushfires have included nearly 600 fires statewide and destroyed 143,000 hectares of land.

“The devastation and destruction caused by these fires has been incredibly sobering to watch,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem.  “Although the PGA TOUR is based in the United States, we are a global sport – playing in 10 countries around the world with players from nearly every corner of the globe, including a large contingent of Australian players.  We hope this donation on behalf of The Presidents Cup will offer some assistance to the victims as they begin the recovery and rebuilding process.”

“The generosity shown by people and organizations around the world to help Victorian communities recover and rebuild following the fires has been amazing,” said Victorian Premier John Brumby.  “This is a wonderful gesture by the PGA TOUR.  We look forward to hosting the world’s best golfers at The Presidents Cup in 2011 here in Melbourne.”

Twenty-four Australians play on the PGA TOUR, by far the largest contingent of international players, including stars such as Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddeley, Adam Scott and 2009 Presidents Cup International Team Captain Greg Norman, many of whom have made personal contributions to the Australian Bushfire Appeal Fund.  The Presidents Cup will return to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 2011, where it will be played at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.  The International Team won its only Presidents Cup in 1998 at the same venue. 

 “Given my recent visit to Victoria, I saw firsthand the devastation and personal tragedy that resulted from the bush fires,” said Norman.  “My heart goes out to all those who were affected by the fires.  As an Australian, I’m proud to see how our country has rallied behind the relief efforts and I’m pleased the Organizing Committee for The Presidents Cup has joined me in supporting these fund raising activities.”

Making a positive impact on the communities where PGA TOUR tournaments are held and players live is the driving force behind the TOUR’s charitable mission.  The PGA TOUR was proud to announce a record for charitable giving last year of nearly $124 million.  With the commitment of tournaments, players, sponsors and thousands of volunteers, the TOUR is still on track to reach its second billion in charitable donations within the next four to six years. 

More than $4.2 million was distributed to charitable causes from the 2007 Presidents Cup, a record for this prestigious competition and part of the nearly $18 million raised since the inception of the event.  Players are not personally paid for their participation in the event; there is no purse or prize money.  Each competitor, instead, designates charities or golf-related projects of his choice to receive a portion of the funds raised through the staging of each Presidents Cup.  

The Presidents Cup, a team match play competition featuring 24 of the world’s top golfers – 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe – is held every two years, and since 1996 has alternated between United States and international venues.  The Presidents Cup was developed to give the world’s best non-European players an opportunity to compete in international team match-play competition.  The U.S. Team has won five of the seven previous Presidents Cups, and the only outright win by the International Team came at the 1998 event in Melbourne.  The 2003 Presidents Cup ended in a tie.

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