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November 27, 2012

Truth & Rumors: PGA Tour's Disney event in jeopardy

Posted at 11:15 AM by Samantha Glover | Categories: PGA Tour, Truth & Rumors

Disney_bejianCharlie Beljan won the PGA Tour's 2012 Disney event, which might be its last. (Getty Images)

The PGA Tour's Disney event is in need of a little magic or it might just vanish, according to Jeff Shain of the Orlando Sentinel.

Next year’s PGA Tour visit to Disney will take place the weekend before Thanksgiving – or not at all.

That’s the scenario facing the tour’s longtime fall staple after the Mayakoba event announced new dates of Nov. 14-17. That’s one week after the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island, Ga., which follows the tour’s two-week swing through Asia.

Translation: The new fall start to the FedEx Cup wraparound schedule is running out of dates. And it only feeds growing speculation that the Disney event – which lost Children’s Miracle Network as its sponsor – might not get back to the table.

In addition to losing Children's Miracle Network as the event sponsor, the Disney event failed to draw a strong field in 2012, attracting just one player in the top 70 in the OWGR. Shain talked to Jeff Maggert who remembered the glory days of the Disney tour stop.

“Heck, when I got on tour this was a top tournament to come play,” said Jeff Maggert, the 1993 Disney champion. “Now there just seems to be a real up and down on strength of fields.”


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