March 16, 2006

Fresno to host new PGA Tour event from next October

MIAMI (Reuters) - The Jack Nicklaus-designed Championship
Course at Running Horse Golf & Country Club in Fresno,
California will host a new PGA Tour event from next year.

The 72-hole tournament, to be played in October, will
feature a field of 132 players and prize money of $4.5 million,
the Tour said on Thursday.

Charitable contributions generated by the event over the
next six years will mainly go to the Central California
Veterans Home Support Foundation and the U.S. Department of
Veteran Affairs.

"Fresno is an outstanding community to host a PGA Tour
event and we're confident that Running Horse will be a terrific
host site for the world-class players on Tour," PGA Tour
commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement.

"Unique to the tournament is that it will benefit military
veterans, both locally and nationally.

"We look forward to this event becoming a strong part of
next year's Fall Series, which will determine the final
qualifiers for the new FedEx Cup competition."

The PGA Tour calendar for 2007 has been radically
overhauled, focusing on a shorter campaign and some badly
needed credibility for the season-ending Tour Championship.

From next year, the Tour schedule will be centered around
the FedEx Cup, a points-based competition that will lead into a
late U.S. summer playoff of three blockbuster events
culminating with the Tour Championship in September.

The season finale could offer a purse of $10 million.

The Championship Course at Running Horse Golf & Country
Club, co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II, is
expected to open for play next April for members only.

(Writing in Los Angeles by Mark Lamport-Stokes)