“The many players I have spoken to are all thrilled with the return of the PNC Father/Son Challenge, and are also grateful to PNC for their support as new title sponsor, allowing this great event to continue” said Palmer. “The Father/Son Challenge has always allowed us to share our passion for the game of golf with those who we love the most, and I’m looking forward to being able to participate again. This year’s PNC Father/Son Challenge promises to be even more special with a new year, new players to be announced soon, and an exciting new host course at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes.”
To qualify for the PNC Father/Son Challenge, participants must have won either a major championship or Players Championship in their career. The professional’s partner must not have held a Tour card at any point, and while the majority of partners in the history of the event have been the sons of the golf legends, the family-themed tournament has seen a daughter, grandson, and even close family friends participate over the years. The 18-team field competes in a scramble format over 36 holes for the $1 Million prize purse and the Willie Park trophy, named after Willie Park, and his son Willie Park Jr., who combined to win the British Open five times.
“The PNC Father/Son Challenge perfectly reflects the values and focus on relationships that are so important to PNC as a company, and we look forward to celebrating the event’s return with the partners and many fans in just a few months,” said James E. Rohr, chairman and chief executive officer of the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., which was announced as new title sponsor of the PNC Father/Son Challenge in March. “The chance to see many of the best golfers in the game will be special for everyone, but we are equally as excited about the opportunity to leave an important legacy by assisting the Arnold Palmer Hospitals for Children and the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies.”
A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit Arnold Palmer Hospitals for Children and the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando. The event will again be broadcast on NBC.
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