Greensboro Fighting to Keep Its PGA Tour Event


Three public boards have pledged a total of $4 million to help Greensboro keep its PGA tournament in town.
Organizers, though, are still hoping to find a private sponsor so they'll never have to spend the money.
The Guilford County commissioners were the latest board to sign on, agreeing Thursday to match the $1.3 million pledges of the Greensboro City Council and the Greensboro/Guilford County Tourism Development Authority.
None of the boards are obligated to pay out the money and won't have to if a title sponsor comes forward to replace Chrysler after this year's tournament. Tournament Director Mark Brazil said Thursday there are 'a lot of very interested prospects.'
'We have no intention of coming back to these folks and asking for any money,' he said.
Residents and businesses have also pledged $21 million for the event if a sponsor isn't found.
Greensboro is one of the few PGA stops without a title sponsor, but organizers are hopeful as the tournament prepares to move from October to August as part of the FedEx Cup, a NASCAR-style points race. The August date is considered a win for Greensboro. Tournaments held after the points competition ends in September will be considered less prestigious.
Greensboro has hosted a PGA event since 1938.
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