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THE PLAYERS Championship TV Rating 3rd Highest Sunday in Decade

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:30 Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:22

Rickie FowlerCanadian Press

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Rickie Fowler’s remarkable rally and playoff victory gave THE PLAYERS Championship its third-highest Sunday preliminary rating in the last decade.

According to The Nielsen Company, the overnight rating was 3.9, up 60 percent from a year ago. The rating peaked at 6.0 from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., when Fowler outlasted Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner in a three-hole playoff, followed by one hole of sudden death.



2014 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola Generates $2.2 Million for Local Charities

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:17 Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:10

TOUR Championship by Coca-ColaATLANTA, Georgia – Tournament officials announced that the 2014 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola generated a record $2.2 million for local charities. Organizations that received donations include the East Lake Foundation and The First Tee of East Lake. The TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola has a long history of giving back to the communities where the event has been played. The events that have been hosted at East Lake Golf Club have now generated more than $20 million for charity. The 2015 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola serves as the culmination of the 46-event PGA TOUR season and is set to return to East Lake Golf Club as the FedExCup Playoffs Finale, September 23-27.

The announcement was made by tournament staff, two-time PGA TOUR winner Chris Kirk and East Lake Foundation representatives at a unique networking event held at Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves.



Charities to Benefit from 2015 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship Announced

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:10 Tuesday, 12 May 2015 23:59

Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS ChampionshipBOSTON, Massachusetts — Constellation announced the local Boston charities that will receive grants as part of this year’s Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, which will be held June 9-14 at Belmont Country Club.

As championship sponsor, Constellation, through the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, will provide $500,000 in funding to Boston-area non-profit organizations. These grants support a variety of local organizations and activities in the areas of education, youth development, affordable housing and family support services. Grant amounts will be announced after the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship.



The BMW PGA Mega Putt Challenge

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 07:17 Tuesday, 12 May 2015 07:09

altAhead of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, we visited the Sky Sports Studios to be part of the BMW PGA Mega Putt Challenge.

The 61-foot hole, which is being moved to Wentworth ahead of the tournament, was built directly outside of the Sky Sports Studios ahead of the arrival of Oliver Wilson. The 2014 Dunhill Links champion was appearing on Sky’s ‘Game Changers’ show on Saturday morning to talk with local school kids and help them with their putting strokes.



‘Dreams Come True’ at THE PLAYERS Championship

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 07:31 Monday, 11 May 2015 07:16

Charles Breen and Ansley JonesPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (Michael Curet/PGA TOUR Charities) — When 15-year-old Ansley Jones was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2013 and 10-year-old Charles Breen learned he had a rare form of bone cancer in July 2014, neither saw it coming. Fast forward to the present, and they’ll both admit, that they didn’t necessarily see a day like today coming either, where “Dreams Come True” and prayers were answered as the two graced THE PLAYERS at TPC Sawgrass with a new lease on life and now both cancer-free.

“Dreams Come True” in Jacksonville found Ansley and Charles through the Nemours Children’s Specialty Care Oncology Department.



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