Professional Golf Tournament to return to Walt Disney World

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If you are a fan of golf, you my have noticed that Disney has not hosted a PGA event since 2012, when their sponsor pulled out. It has been quite some time since the Walt Disney World Resort has hosted a professional golf tournament, but that’s about to change!  The Disney Blog tells us that the Four Seasons has become the host of the second annual Diamond Resorts Invitational.

The event, which benefits the Florida Hospital for Children, will take place Jan. 13-15 at Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort.

The three-round event will be nationally televised on Golf Channel and will feature Champions Tour professionals competing alongside sports and entertainment celebrities for separate purses totaling $1.25 million.

The tournament will feature up to 30 PGA champions players and up to 50 top-tier athletes and celebrities in two distinct competitions. It will be scored similar to the PGA’s Barracuda Championship using a Modified Stableford scoring format that awards points instead of strokes.

You can look forward to seeing celebrities such as Marcus Allen, Roger Clemens, Josh Donaldson, Colt Ford, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Brian McCann, Kevin Millar, Mark Mulder, Blair O’Neal, Alfonso Ribeiro, Jeremy Roenick, Mark Rypien, John Smoltz, Brian Urlacher, Justin Verlander, Larry the Cable Guy and defending champion Mardy Fish in attendance at the tournament.

“We are excited to offer our players a chance to compete alongside some of the most recognizable names in entertainment and sports in this unique ‘Challenge Season’ event,” said PGA TOUR Champions President Greg McLaughlin. “Proceeds from the tournament’s live and silent auctions will benefit Florida Hospital for Children and leave a lasting charitable impact.”

PGA tour champions players will compete for $750,000 over the 54-hole tournament, while the celebrities will play for a $500,000 purse. Threesomes will include one Champions Tour professional and two celebrities.

There has been no announcement yet as to whether or not the public will be admitted to watch the tournament, but if we hear more we’ll be sure to let you know.

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