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PGA TOUR Champions and Bass Pro Shops announce four-year extension of Legends of Golf
Big Cedar Lodge to continue as host of PGA TOUR Champions event through 2021
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – PGA TOUR Champions and Bass Pro Shops announced today a four-year title sponsorship extension of the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge through 2021. The event annually brings together some of the biggest names in golf to compete in a team format on the Top of the Rock and Buffalo Ridge Courses at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains, which is quickly becoming one of America’s next great golf destinations.
The announcement further solidifies Bass Pro Shops’ tenure with the PGA TOUR, which began in 2014 when the Legends of Golf event moved to Big Cedar Lodge, founded by noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris.
“Everyone at Bass Pro Shops and Big Cedar Lodge is honored to continue hosting the greatest names in golf for four more years of world-class golfing, fishing and fun,” said Johnny Morris. “This event underscores our commitment to connecting people with nature and showcasing the breathtaking beauty of our beloved Missouri Ozarks with the world.”
The extension comes just five days after the announcement that Tiger Woods will add the resort’s newest course, Payne’s Valley, with an opening set for 2019. Named in honor of Missouri native Payne Stewart, Woods’ first public-access course will complement a new 13-hole short course designed by Gary Player (2017) and The Ozarks, a Coore & Crenshaw design set to debut in 2018. The three new venues will complement Big Cedar Lodge’s existing courses, including the Jack Nicklaus-designed Top of the Rock and Tom Fazio-designed Buffalo Ridge Courses.
Big Cedar Lodge’s significant expansion into championship-caliber golf pairs alongside the 4,600-acre resort’s fishing, shooting, boating, hiking, spa and wellness offerings to create the ultimate outdoor recreation destination resort in the United States. During tournament week, PGA TOUR Champions players are afforded the opportunity to take part in outdoor activities at Big Cedar Lodge, which in turn creates one of the most unique experiences of any event in golf.
“We are excited to extend this partnership between the PGA TOUR and Bass Pro Shops. Johnny Morris’ commitment to making this event a premier stop on our annual schedule has allowed this tournament to achieve immeasurable stature since moving to Big Cedar Lodge in 2014,” said PGA TOUR Champions President Greg McLaughlin. “Our players continue to be amazed by the outdoor experiences provided during tournament week, and today’s announcement allows us to build on the great success this event has enjoyed through the years.”
Since 2014, the success of the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge has extended well beyond the golf course. Over the past three years, the tournament has generated $3 million for local charities, with the nonprofit College of the Ozarks serving as the main charitable beneficiary.
The Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge dates back to 1978, and is frequently credited with creating the foundation for what would become PGA TOUR Champions. Sam Snead and Gardner Dickinson paired to win the inaugural tournament, which gave way to nearly four decades of memorable moments featuring the game’s all-time greats, including winners such as Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Bernhard Langer and Mark O’Meara.
For more information on the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge, please visit BassProLegends.com.
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About Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops is a leading destination retailer offering outdoor gear and apparel in an immersive setting. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today more than 100 retail and marine centers host 120 million people annually. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is known as a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”
About Big Cedar Lodge
Located in the heart of Missouri’s Ozark Mountains, Big Cedar Lodge is America’s premier wilderness resort. A passion of Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, the 4,600-acre lakeside retreat connects families to the outdoors with a variety of nature-based experiences including fishing, shooting, boating, hiking, spa and wellness offerings, hosting over 1.5 million guests annually. Signature attractions include Top of the Rock, home to world-class golf, dining, and entertainment; and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, a 10,000-acre nonprofit wildlife preserve. Named “Number One Resort in the Midwest” by the readers of Travel + Leisure, the resort offers genuine Ozarks hospitality and a convenient location just south of Branson. Learn more at www.bigcedar.com.
About PGA TOUR Champions
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golf’s most recognizable and accomplished players, age 50 and older, including 32 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back and generate significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities. In 2017, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 26 tournaments in 18 states, Japan, Wales and Canada, with purses totaling more than $55 million. The Charles Schwab Cup, which includes the Regular Season and the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, is used to determine the season-long champion. All events are televised in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel, the exclusive cable-television partner of PGA TOUR Champions. Internationally, telecasts air live, tape-delayed or in a highlights-package format in excess of 190 countries and territories, reaching more than 330 million potential households. The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.