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Atlanta's AT&T Classic will not return in 2009

Atlanta's AT&T Classic will not return in 2009

Atlanta's TPC Sugarloaf is losing the AT&T Classic but apparently will be home to a new Champions Tour event.
The U.S. PGA Tour announced on Monday the AT&T Classic will not return to Atlanta in 2009.
The tournament, formerly known as the BellSouth Classic, lost AT&T as its title sponsor in December.
The tournament celebrated its 40th anniversary with Ryuji Imada winning the final AT&T Classic at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth on May 18.
Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said the lack of a title sponsor "necessitated the move in order to solidify the schedule for the future."
The Atlanta Classic Foundation was unable to find a new title sponsor willing to invest $6 million to $8 million (euro4 million to euro5 million) each year.
Past winners of the Atlanta event include Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. The event was held at the Atlanta Country Club from 1967-1996 and moved to Sugarloaf in 1997 but the move from March to May in 2007 put off the top players.
This year's field included only six of the top 50 players in the world rankings.
Finchem said Sugarloaf will host a new Champions Tour event to continue the tradition of contributing to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Finchem said the U.S. PGA Tour has not yet filled the date in the 2009 schedule that had been reserved for the AT&T Classic.


Updated : 2021-04-20 09:29 GMT+08:00