Allianz Championship Celebrating 10 Year Anniversary
When the Allianz Championship moved to Boca Raton in 2007, it did so under very trying times. The world was entering its worst
financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s and at times, it seemed like the tournament just wouldn’t make it.
“Those first years were tight, but we have grown into a strong community and corporate supported tournament,” said Allianz tournament director Ryan Dillon. “Once more and more companies and spectators saw what we were doing and learned how companies both big and small utilized the tournament to grow their business relationships, news began to spread and now we are able to really give serious dollars to the Boca Regional Hospital and many other local charities annually.”
The Allianz Championship has since become one of the premier stops on the PGA Tour Champions (formerly the Champions Tour), and when it returns to Broken Sound February 1st through the 7th it will be doing so for the 10th time.
“When Allianz took the championship to Boca Raton for the first time in 2007 it was during a difficult and challenging financial period for most companies, not only in the United States, but globally,” said Champions Tour President Greg McLaughlin. “It’s a testament to Allianz and all involved in the Allianz Championship, that the event has grown significantly over this past decade into one of the most stable and attractive tournaments on Tour.”
Once again, the Allianz Championship will be the first full field event of the season and get the season long race to the Charles Schwab Cup jumpstarted. It is also one of only eight tournaments on the Champions Tour, excluding majors, that will host 10 consecutive events at the same site in 2016.
Over the past 10 years, the Allianz Championship has grown into one of the marquee sporting events in South Florida, providing economic impact of almost $20 million to the area while being telecast around the world on Golf Channel. The last two events have raised more than $1 million for local charities, including a record donation of more than $600,000 this year, with Boca Raton Regional Hospital receiving the majority of the charitable dollars.
Paul Goydos will return as the defending champion this year. Goydos held off Gene Sauers last year in front of a record crowd when he birdied the 18th hole to win by one shot. The win in regulation by Goydos broke the streak of the event ending in a playoff. There have been three playoffs in the history of the event, all coming within the last four years.
For sponsorship and ticket information, go to www.allianzchampionship.com or call (561) 241-4653.
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