PGA TOUR Executive Dies of Meningitis

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- George Burger, a former political consultant who became vice president of the PGA TOUR's new FedExCup competition, died of complications from bacterial spinal meningitis. He was 50.
 
Burger experienced severe back pain Jan. 13 during the Sony Open in Honolulu. He died Wednesday night at a Jacksonville hospital.
 
'We are shocked and saddened by the loss of our partner and good friend,' PGA TOUR commission Tim Finchem said. 'While everyone who knew George recognized his enthusiasm, commitment and terrific personality, it was the overall passion that he brought to everything he did that set him apart.'
 
Burger spent several years as a public relations strategist, political consultant and campaign manager in Washington. He was general manager of Edelman Public Relations until joining the PGA TOUR in October 2005. He also was president of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in northern Virginia, and was general chairman and tournament director when The Presidents Cup was held there in 2005.
 
He is survived by his wife, Patti.
 
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