Headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, the PGA TOUR and its tournaments generated in excess of $180 million for charitable causes in 2017, surpassing 2016 by $14 million. The total includes donations made by tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and PGA TOUR China. This does not include revenue from the LPGA.
The 2017 contribution brings the all-time total generated for charity by the PGA TOUR to $2.65 billion. The TOUR surpassed the $1 billion mark in 2005 and $2 billion in 2014.
“The entire PGA TOUR family takes tremendous pride in the positive impact that we continue to make each year through the millions of dollars that are raised for very deserving charitable organizations,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “As we often note, beyond the sheer dollar amount, the real story is in the hundreds of thousands of lives that benefit from these contributions every year. Thank you to all the tournaments, players, sponsors, volunteers and fans who make all of this possible.”
Last year, five PGA TOUR events raised more than $10 million-the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Valero Texas Open, DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, the John Deere Classic and the Waste Management Phoenix Open with over 600,000 attendees. In addition, the biennial Presidents Cup announced a record donation of more than $10.7 million as a result of the event held at Liberty National at Jersey City, N.J.
The PGA TOUR’s flagship event, THE PLAYERS Championship generated $8.7 million in 2017, a large portion of which benefits local children’s charities in North Florida, as part of the tournament’s commitment to generate $50 million for youth-related charities over 10 years. Since that commitment was made in 2011, $45 million has been raised toward the goal.
Six PGA TOUR Champions events generated more than $1 million to charity. The Shaw Charity Classic leads the way at more than $6 million. Three Web.com Tour events generated more than $1 million, led by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational at more than $2.1 million in 2017.
Unlike other professional sports organizations, the PGA TOUR relies on more than 100,000 volunteers annually to run its tournaments, and the vast majority of its tournaments are structured as non-profit entities designed to donate 100% of net proceeds to charity. Community beneficiaries include a broad range of organizations such as hospitals, shelters, youth development programs, food banks, groups that support the military and their families, senior citizen support groups, abused women and children shelters and the growth of the game.
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