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West Coast Swing Gets New Sponsor

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The St. Paul, a Minnesota based insurance company, will be the new presenting sponsor of the PGA Tour's 'West Coast Swing' beginning in 2001. The multi-year contract covers sponsorship of the first nine tournaments of the season held in January and February.
 
The renamed 'PGA TOUR West Coast Swing presented by The St. Paul' begins at the season-opening WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and ends at the Nissan Open. Each event will get a $300,000 increase to its purse except for the Accenture Match Play Championship.
 
The 2001 'West Coast Swing presented by The St. Paul' schedule consists of:
 
Jan. 3-7 Accenture Match Play Champ. - Melbourne, Australia
Jan. 11-14 Mercedes Championships-Kapalua, Hawaii
Jan. 11-14 Touchstone Energy Tucson Open -Tucson, Ariz.
Jan. 18-21 SONY Open in Hawaii -Honolulu, Hawaii
Jan. 25-28 Phoenix Open -Scottsdale, Ariz.
Feb. 1-4 AT&T Pebble Beach Nat'l Pro-Am -Pebble Beach, Ca.
Feb. 8-11 Buick Invitational - San Diego, Ca.
Feb. 14-18 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic - La Quinta, Ca.
Feb. 22-25 Nissan Open - Pacific Palisades, Ca.
 
A $1 million 'King of the Swing' bonus pool will also be created. It will be divided by the top three West Coast performers. Points will be distributed to the top eight players each week with 100 points awarded for a victory down to 10 points for an eighth-place finish. The bonus pool winner will receive $500,000, followed by $300,000 for second and $200,000 for third.