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July 30, 2018

Press Release – International PGA TOUR Champions players Montgomerie, Parnevik, and Lyle commit to Sanford International

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – PGA TOUR Champions golfers Colin Montgomerie, Jesper Parnevik, and Sandy Lyle , have officially committed to playing in the inaugural Sanford International Presented by Cambria.

As a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Montgomerie brings quite the resume to the Sanford International. Montgomerie, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, has won over 90 tournaments worldwide, including being a 2-time Senior PGA Championship winner. He was a member of 9 Ryder Cup teams, including being the captain of the 2010 team. Montgomerie received Member of the British Empire (MBE) from H.M. the Queen in 1998 and Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2005 from Prince Charles.
Parnevik is a Stockholm, Sweden native, 5-time PGA Tour champion, winner of the 2016 Insperity Invitational, and member of the 1997, 1999 and 2002 Ryder Cup. For some time, Parnevik wore his bill of cap turned up to get a tan on his face while playing and is also known for distinct golf attire, outfitted by Cobra Puma Golf. Parnevik has his own reality TV show, “Parneviks” which is filmed in Florida and airs in Sweden.

Winner of the 1985 The Open Championship, 1988 Masters and 5-time Ryder Cup member, Lyle is officially committed to the Sanford International. Awarded Member of British Empire after becoming first British winner of the Masters and put haggis, a Scottish dish on the menu at Champions Dinner the following year. Sandy Lyle is also known for being the Sunday playing partner of Jack Nicklaus when Nicklaus won his 18th and final Major. Sandy was taught the game by his late father, Alex, the long-time professional at Hawkstone Park in England.

Thanks to South Dakota Department of Public Safety and Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort, all First Responders as well as Active, Reserve and Retired U.S. Military personnel and one accompanying individual to be their guests will receive FREE admission each day Friday – Sunday at the 2018 Sanford International. To find out more please visit sanfordinternational.com.

About the Sanford International
The Sanford International Presented by Cambria, the first ever PGA TOUR Champions event to be contested in South Dakota, will be played at Minnehaha Country Club the week of September 17-23, and will feature a $1.8 million purse. A five-year agreement is in place through 2022. In its inaugural year, the Sanford International will focus on charitable giving and making a lasting impact in Sioux Falls. For more information about the tournament, please visit www.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 35 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 2018, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 27 tournaments across the United States, Scotland and Canada, with purses totaling more than $56 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 190 countries and territories, reaching more than 330 million potential households. Follow PGA TOUR Champions online at PGATOUR.com, at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.

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