Golf News for Wednesday, June 10, 2009 | Others

U.S. Open picks for Majors Fantasy Challenge deadline looming

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Golf fans have one week to make U.S. Open picks online to participate in the second stage of the 2009 Majors Fantasy Challenge.

The PGA of America launched The 2009 Majors Fantasy Challenge, an online fantasy sports league available exclusively on PGA.com, this spring. Fans make picks for the four major championships and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. Prizes are awarded after each major championship with the grand prize of a trip to Bermuda for the 2010 PGA Grand Slam of Golf. PGA.com, one of the premier online destinations for golf resources, is operated by Turner Sports.

Fans can enter online at any time during the major championship season and will compete against each other on the basis of total points earned by the players they select.

The game format, which is pick 'em style, allows fans to pick a foursome who they believe will finish the highest in that respective major, based upon tournament money winnings. Golfers are selected before the start time of each major championship. Tiebreaker questions will be utilized for breaking point ties among players. Scoring is based upon tournament money winnings. Participants can enter prior to any major, but they will only begin earning points from the time they register to play.

This game allows fans to select major champions and top performers which began with the Masters (April 9-12), followed by the U.S. Open (June 18-21), Open Championship (July 16-19), PGA Championship (August 13-16) and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf (October 20-21).

The winner of the Grand Prize will be announced after the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. The Grand Prize is a prize package for two to the 2010 PGA Grand Slam of Golf, including airfare, transportation and hotel. The PGA Grand Slam of Golf is broadcast exclusively on TNT.

The top 10 finishers in each major and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf will win a prize. Prizes for each event are: Masters - PGA Grand Slam of Golf shirt; U.S. Open - PGA Grand Slam of Golf hat; British Open - One dozen PGA Grand Slam of Golf; PGA Championship - PGA Grand Slam of Golf shirt/hat combo; and PGA Grand Slam of Golf - PGA Grand Slam of Golf Vineyard Vines Beach Bag.

The game is created and managed by PGA Interactive, a partnership between the PGA of America and Turner Sports.

Angel Cabrera won the 2009 Masters and became the first player to qualify for this year's PGA Grand Slam of Golf. The PGA Grand Slam of Golf, comprised of the four major championship winners, is one of the most evasive and significant accomplishments in golf. Fans can now be a part of the excitement by joining the Majors Fantasy Challenge at www.pga.com

Established in 1979, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf has grown from an 18-hole, single-day charity event to a 36-hole annual showdown that matches professional golf's best against each other.

The winners of the 2009 major championships qualify to play in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf: The Masters April 9-12; at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.; the U.S. Open Championship, June 18-21; at Bethpage State Park (Black Course) in Farmingdale, N.Y.; the British Open Championship, July 16-19; at Turnberry, Ayrshire, Scotland, and the 91st PGA Championship, Aug. 13-16, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.

Past PGA Grand Slam of Golf Champions include: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Tom Lehman, Ben Crenshaw, Greg Norman, Nick Price, Angel Cabrera and Ian Woosnam.

PGA of America
Since 1916, The PGA of America's mission has been twofold: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf.

By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, the Association enables PGA Professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry.

By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable golf promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.

About PGA.com
PGA.com is the production alliance of the PGA of America and managing partner Turner Sports. It is the official online destination for the PGA and home to the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship, The PGA Grand Slam of Golf, The Ryder Cup and The Open Championship. A leader and innovator in broadband golf coverage, the site successfully launched its PGA.com Pipeline broadband product in 2006, garnering record numbers for the site in both 2006 and 2007, with the coverage receiving more than 2 million streams during the course of the 2007 PGA Championship. In 2007 PGA.com Pipeline was nominated for an Emmy® by the National Television Academy.

Turner Sports and the PGA formed the 10-year alliance in June 2002 with a mission to serve the golfing public, PGA Professionals and golf trade with products and services, such as the PGA.com Value Guide, that inspire, direct and facilitate participation in the sport nationwide.

Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting, Inc., presents some of the best and most popular sporting events worldwide and is a leader in televised and online sports programming. With events airing on TBS and TNT, Turner Sports' line-up includes NASCAR and NASCAR.COM, the NBA, Major League Baseball, professional golf, PGATour.com and PGA.com. Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, which includes NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA League Pass, NBADLeague.com and WNBA.com.

Contacts:
Julius Mason
PGA of America
561/624-8444
jmason@pgahq.com

Dana Gordon
Senior Account Executive
Brener Zwikel & Associates, Inc.
818/324-6153
danag@bzapr.com