Disney World PGA Tour Event In Doubt With Sponsor, Resort Reluctant To Renew
It is "unlikely" that the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at Walt Disney World will be included in the PGA Tour's "split-calendar season that commences next fall," according to sources cited by Dave Shedloski of GOLF WORLD MONDAY. Sources said that the odds of it happening are "perhaps, one in five." Children's Miracle Network and the resort are both "said to be cool to re-upping." It would not be "a huge blow to the schedule if a solution is not found, what with two well-funded events in Asia becoming official next year." Shedloski wrote, "We'd hate to think this could be the end of an era, but in golf it's an increasingly big world after all" (GOLF WORLD MONDAY, 11/12 issue). GOLFCHANNEL.com's Rex Hoggard wrote, "Although tournament officials have time to scare up a new title that didn't seem as likely as players finished their third rounds." Golfer Ryan Palmer said, "I'm disappointed to see it leave to be honest with you. I honestly think it would have been a better field next year being part of the FedEx Cup. I don't know if it's the sponsor or Disney, but it would have gotten better being part of the FedEx Cup, for sure." Hoggard noted as part of the transition to the schedule changes, the fall events "will have to increase their purses" to $6M. Hoggard: "For an event that has had four sponsors since 1985 that would be a $1.3 million bump which, together with the lost cachet of not being the season ender any longer, is akin to selling ice to Eskimos" (GOLFCHANNEL.com, 11/10).