Golf

Valspar extends title sponsorship by 2025

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Regardless of shedding some massive names this yr due partially to the PGA Tour’s scheduling change, the Valspar Championship secured its future on the Innisbrook Resort with a title sponsorship extension by 2025.

The paint firm, which is owned by Sherwin-Williams, has been the title sponsor since 2014. Its take care of the PGA Tour was set to run out after the 2020 event.

As a result of the event this yr follows the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Gamers Championship and precedes subsequent week’s WGC-Dell Match Play Championship, the likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and former champion Jordan Spieth will not be within the discipline, though No. 1-ranked Dustin Johnson is enjoying for the primary time since 2010.

The event’s place on subsequent yr’s calendar would be the identical as this yr, however past that nothing has been decided.

“There’s been some normal discussions however we’re not locked into something,” mentioned event director Tracy West. “We’re all the time on the discretion of the PGA Tour.”

West did say that the likelihood exists for a later date sooner or later.

“For us, March, April, any of these dates are nice,” she mentioned. “(Valspar) sells paint within the spring. So after we’re within the spring, we’re completely satisfied. I do not suppose we should be in March, I believe we could possibly be in April — actually these are ongoing discussions.”

The schedule guarantees to get extra complicated in 2021 if the PGA Tour elects to not begin its January schedule over the vacations, as Dec. 31, 2020, is a Thursday. If the beginning will get pushed every week into the brand new yr, there will likely be one much less open date previous to the Masters, that means some tournaments might probably be moved to April.

This yr’s event has 10 of the highest 30 on the earth, together with Johnson, Jon Rahm, Jason Day, Webb Simpson, Masters champion Patrick Reed and Sergio Garcia.

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