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PNC announces 'PNC Championship' as new tournament name; commits to multi-year sponsorship renewal

Tournament formerly known as the PNC Father Son Challenge will be played Dec. 18-20 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, (Sept. 9, 2020) – The newly re-named ‘PNC Championship,’ previously known as the PNC Father Son Challenge, will take place at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes from Dec.18-20.

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The PNC Championship’s new name and multi-year sponsorship renewal were announced this morning on GOLF Channel by Rob Reilly, CFO of PNC Bank, reigning champion, Bernhard Langer, and World Golf Hall of Fame member Annika Sorenstam, who competed in the event last year for the first time.

Together they shared the news that the tournament founders IMG and NBC Sports, along with title sponsor PNC, are renaming the tournament as the PNC Championship, to reflect the composition of the field and the ever-growing stature of the event on the PGA TOUR Champions schedule.

“We are delighted to be revealing both our long-term commitment to this unique and fiercely competitive event as well as our new more inclusive tournament title,” said Reilly. “We are very proud to partner with this great Championship that showcases a special family bond that sharing a love of golf creates, as well as being a wonderful way for us to celebrate and enjoy so many golf legends.”

A winner of 116 titles worldwide, Langer has played in every edition of the tournament since 2002, having partnered with his two sons and two daughters over the years, winning twice with Stefan and twice with Jason.

“I was delighted to share the news of PNC’s continued commitment to this great event along with the name change this morning on GOLF Channel,” said Langer. “It’s actually been a very inclusive family event for a long time now with both of my daughters having enjoyed playing in it, so it’s right to tweak the name to better reflect this. This tournament is one of my favorite stops of the year, as it is with so many of my fellow pros, and we all really appreciate PNC’s long-term commitment to this very exceptional family event.”

Since the inaugural tournament in 1995 when 10 major winners gathered with their sons, the Championship has continued to evolve and develop, now featuring 20 major champions and their relatives competing for a total purse of $1,085,000 in a two-day, 36-hole scramble for the Willie Park Trophy. Langer won the 2019 edition alongside his son, Jason.

For more than 20 years, the tournament has featured a multitude of family combinations including Father/Son, Father/Daughter, Father/Grandson, Son/Father and more recently, Daughter/Father, when Annika Sorenstam paired with her father Tom last year.

“We started the PNC Father Son Challenge to showcase the family bond that golf cultivates and also to give the icons of our game an opportunity to share their success with the ones they love,” said Alastair Johnston, vice chairman of golf, IMG. “More than two decades later, the tournament has created so many wonderful memories and we are incredibly grateful for PNC’s long-term support of this unique event. As the PNC Championship, we feel the name reflects the field composition and the event’s stature as we look forward to welcoming familiar faces, new talent and different family partnerships to this unique event, while also celebrating the tournament’s history.”

“The PNC Championship is one of golf’s most celebrated events in that it closes out the calendar year with a focus on family,” said Jon Miller, president of programming, NBC Sports Group. “NBC Sports is proud of our heritage as a co-founder of this great championship, and we look forward to our continued relationship with PNC in elevating this event for years to come.”

To qualify for the PNC Championship, players must have won a major championship or THE PLAYERS Championship. Their partner must not hold a PGA TOUR card.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. has been the title sponsor of the tournament since 2012. The PNC Championship is operated in partnership by IMG and NBC Sports. For more information, visitpncchampionship.com.

Past Winners of the PNC Championship:
1995 – Raymond Floyd and Raymond Floyd Jr.
1996 – Raymond Floyd and Raymond Floyd Jr.
1997 – Raymond Floyd and Raymond Floyd Jr.
1998 – Bob Charles and David Charles
1999 – Jack Nicklaus and Gary Nicklaus
2000 – Raymond Floyd and Robert Floyd
2001 – Raymond Floyd and Robert Floyd
2002 – Craig Stadler and Kevin Stadler
2003 – Hale Irwin and Steve Irwin
2004 – Larry Nelson and Drew Nelson
2005 – Bernhard Langer and Stefan Langer
2006 – Bernhard Langer and Stefan Langer
2007 – Larry Nelson and Josh Nelson
2008 – Larry Nelson and Drew Nelson
2012 – Davis Love III and Davis “Dru” Love IV
2013 – Stewart Cink and Connor Cink
2014 – Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer
2015 – Lanny Wadkins and Tucker Wadkins
2016 – David Duval and Nick Karavites
2017 – Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera, Jr.
2018 – David Love III and Davis “Dru” Love IV
2019 – Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer

About PNC
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visitwww.pnc.com.

About NBC Sports Group
NBC Sports Group serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Audio Network and NBC Sports Digital, which includes NBCSports.com,NBCOlympics.com,GolfChannel.com, the digital assets of the NBC Sports Regional Networks, Rotoworld, the NBC Sports Talk franchise, multiple apps, and two transactional sports businesses, GolfNow and Sports Engine, and a direct-to-consumer product NBC Sports Gold. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of media rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, INDYCAR, PGA TOUR, The R&A, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, Premier League, Tour de France, French Open, and many more.

About IMG
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media. The company manages some of the world’s greatest athletes and fashion icons; owns and operates hundreds of live events annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in licensing, sports training and league development. IMG is a subsidiary of Endeavor, a global entertainment, sports and content company.

Media contacts:
Michele Mair, IMG, +44 77990574184
michele.mair@img.com

Jeff Szklinski, GOLF Channel, 814-880-6933
Jeff.Szklinski@golfchannel.com

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