Golf News for Friday, October 26, 2012 | Tournaments

2012 Tyco Golf Skills Challenge to feature Ryder Cup players

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Five players from last month's memorable Ryder Cup Matches, including standout European performer Justin Rose, head a field of eight prominent PGA Tour stars set to compete in the 2012 Tyco Golf Skills Challenge. The competition among four two-man teams takes place on Monday, November 12, at The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL.

Rose and Ryder Cup teammate Peter Hanson will renew the intercontinental rivalry as one team, joined in the field by the American Ryder Cup duo of Dustin Johnson/Keegan Bradley, the veteran tandem of major championship winners, Mark O'Meara/Nick Price and the team of Zach Johnson/Kyle Stanley. Johnson and Bradley also have major titles and Stanley is the fourth year pro who won the Waste Management Phoenix Open earlier this year.

A total of $800,000 in prize money will be at stake in the 21st annual event, one of the longest-running post-FedExCup competitions sanctioned by the PGA Tour. Zach Johnson won the situational skills competition with partner Jerry Kelly last year. O'Meara and Price copped the title in 2010. Rose, Hanson, Bradley and Stanley are playing in the event for the first time.

The competition will be taped for broadcast on NBC Sports December 29-30 from 4-6 p.m. in all time zones. The Tyco Golf Skills Challenge is the only post-FedExCup event that remains on broadcast network TV. It is the only golf on network television that holiday weekend, the final full weekend of the year.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of America will receive a charitable donation from Tyco Integrated Security in conjunction with the event.

Rose's win over Phil Mickelson was pivotal in Europe's memorable Ryder Cup comeback as he birdied the last two holes to win the match one-up and pull his team even, 11-11, during Sunday afternoon's pressure-packed action. The Englishman ended up with three big points for Europe, also joining with Ian Poulter to win twice. Sweden's Hanson, a European Tour stalwart who joined the PGA Tour this year, finished third in The Masters in April.

Dustin Johnson and Bradley both performed admirably for the United States in Chicago, scoring three points each as the U.S. moved out to that commanding lead. Johnson has six PGA Tour titles along with a second place finish in the 2011 British Open and the memorable 2010 PGA Championship experience in which a controversial two-shot penalty on the last hole dropped him from a one-shot lead to fifth.

O'Meara and Price are two of the most popular players in professional golf. O'Meara is best remembered for his 1998 season when he won both the British Open and the Masters, rising to number two in the world rankings. Price was most accomplished in the early 90s when he won two PGA Championships and one British Open.

Zach Johnson won the 2007 Masters and has eight other PGA Tour victories, including two in a 2012 season that earned him the Ryder Cup berth. Stanley, one of the tour's top young stars, earned the golf world's respect with his first tour win in Phoenix, coming one week after he surrendered a four-stroke lead on the final hole of the Farmer's Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

The six mainstay skills - Tyco Integrated Security Long Drive, Korbel Mid Iron, The Breakers Bunker Shot, Chip Shot, Tyco Integrated Security Trouble Shot, Korbel Short Iron - will be followed by the Tyco Integrated Security "Reverse Scramble," representing the seventh and eighth skills. In the "Reverse Scramble," the four teams will be seeded according to prize money won in the first six skills. With 1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3, the teams will play the 14th hole at The Breakers' Ocean Course. The two surviving teams will then compete in another one-hole "Reverse Scramble" for the weighted sum of $200,000 in prize money, enabling most pairs to remain in contention to the end.

Contrary to the traditional scramble format, the rules of the "Reverse Scramble" call for the opposing team to select which shot its rival twosome must play, adding a new dimension to the competition. The format is especially conducive to the Tyco Skills Challenge TV production approach, which showcases the personalities of the players, all of whom are equipped with microphones throughout the event.

The first six skills will take place on the 10th hole at the Ocean Course with the following shots on tap:
* Tyco Integrated Security Long Drive
* Korbel Mid-Iron
* The Breakers Bunker Shot
* Chip Shot
* Tyco Integrated Security Trouble Shot
* Korbel Short Iron

The $800,000 in prize money will be awarded as follows:

Skills 1-5
· First Place - $25,000 split
· Second Place - $15,000 split
· Third Place - $13,000 split
· Fourth Place - $10,000 split

Skill 6
· First Place - $35,000 split
· Second Place $20,000 split
· Third Place - $16,000 split
· Fourth Place - $14,000 split

Skills 7 and 8
The heavily weighted "Tyco Integrated Security Reverse Scramble" is likely to decide the winner, with the following prize money allocation:
· First Place - $200,000 split
· Second Place - $100,000 split
· Third Place - $50,000 split
· Fourth Place - $50,000 split

About Tyco Integrated Security
A business unit of Tyco International Ltd., Tyco Integrated Security is North America's leading commercial security systems integrator, providing security and business optimization services to more than 500,000 customers. Headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., Tyco Integrated Security has more than 10,000 employees throughout North America. For more information, visit www.TycoIS.com.

Contact: Steve Griffith, Vizion Group PR, 484 433 7757, sgriffith@viziongroup.net