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June 8, 2020

2019 Sanford International Champion Mediate Returns to Sanford International

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – PGA TOUR Champions golfers Rocco Mediate, Tim Herron, and Ken Tangiawa have officially committed to Sanford International presented by Cambria September 7-13 at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Mediate won the 2019 Sanford International in dramatic fashion after he birdied the last two holes while Ken Duke double bogeyed on the 18th hole. Rocco started Sunday three shots off the lead and tied for ninth. He needed everything to go right for him to win the Sanford International and it did. Mediate lives with his family outside of Minneapolis and is considered one of the best putters in golf.

Currently residing in Wayzata, Minnesota, Herron played in 560 PGA Tour events through 2019 and won more than $19.6 million during his career. Herron, famously known as “Lumpy”, became the first player to record a hole-in-one at the inaugural 3M Open, held at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota. He holed a 5-iron at the 209-yard 8th hole in the first round.

Born in Kobe, Japan, Tanigawa moved with his family to the United States when he was 5 years old. He grew up in southern California and was teammates with Scott McCarron and Brandt Jobe at UCLA. In his second season on PGA TOUR Champions, Tangiawa won his first major title at the 2019 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill. Winner of the 2018 PURE Insurance Championship, Tanigawa became the fourth player with PGA TOUR-sanctioned victories at both Pebble Beach and Oak Hill, joining Jack Nicklaus, Curtis Strange and Cary Middlecoff.

Tickets to the Sanford International are on sale now! Patrons may purchase tickets at sanfordinternational.com or by phone at 877-748-3376. Kids 15 and under are FREE with a paid adult. Proceeds from your ticket purchase will help bring state-of-the-art medical care to the children in our communities who need it most.

About the Sanford International
The Sanford International Presented by Cambria, a PGA TOUR Champions event contested in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will be played at Minnehaha Country Club the week of September 7-13, featuring a $1.8 million purse. A five-year agreement is in place through 2022. In its third year, the Sanford International will continue to focus on charitable giving and making a lasting impact in Sioux Falls. These organizations are supported through the proceeds of the tournament and via direct donations to participating charities. For more information about the tournament, please visit sanfordinternational.com. You can also follow the tournament on social media via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About PGA TOUR Champions
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older, including 33 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back and generate significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities. In 2020, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 27 tournaments across the United States, Morocco, Japan, England and Canada, with purses totaling nearly $59 million. The Charles Schwab Cup, which includes the Regular Season and the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, is used to determine the season-long champion. All events are televised in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel, the exclusive cable-television partner of PGA TOUR Champions. Internationally, telecasts air in excess of 170 countries and territories, reaching more than 340 million potential households, and distributed in 15+ markets via GOLFTV. Follow PGA TOUR Champions online at PGATOUR.com, at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.

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