No Legends of Golf in Savannah for 2014

sports@islandpacket.comNovember 11, 2013 

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The Westin Savannah Harbor announced Monday that Savannah would not host The Legends of Golf Tournament for 2014.

"We've enjoyed a great 11-year relationship with the PGA Tour, Championship Management and Liberty Mutual Insurance," Westin Savannah Harbor general Mark Spadoni said in a release. "We want to thank the players from the Champions Tour for the memories that they created for the Lowcountry area and golf fans everywhere. And it's in large part due to their positive feedback and comments toward the Resort and the hospitality of Savannah that we believe continuing the PGA Champions Tour in Savannah can be successful.

"We are excited to be discussing ideas to explore the feasibility of creating a unique event owned by the community."

The release said efforts are underway to bring PGA Champions Tour players to Savannah in some fashion in 2014. It said these efforts are part of a development plan for Savannah and The Westin Savannah Harbor to once again host a PGA Champions Tour event in 2015 or beyond.

Champions Tour president Mike Stevens, a former Heritage tournament director, released a statement, as well, through the PGA Tour's website.

"Upon receiving notification from Liberty Mutual Insurance earlier this year of its decision not to continue title sponsorship of the Legends of Golf event after 2013, the Tour initiated a search for a new title sponsor. Unfortunately, the efforts to this point have not been fruitful," Stevens said. "The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa, along with the Savannah community, have been a wonderful host of this event over the past 11 years. We are extremely grateful for the tournament's many dedicated volunteers and sponsors who have helped us raise over $1.9 million for local charities through the years. Although we will not be returning to Savannah in 2014, our hope is that the Champions Tour will return to Savannah in the future."

The Legends of Golf resided in Savannah for 11 of its 35 years and is considered tie first Champions Tour event. Brad Faxon and Jeff Sluman teamed to win the 2013 event.

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