Melbourne, Tuesday February 1 – THE PGA TOUR today announced a $150,000 (US) donation on behalf of The Presidents Cup and International Team Captain Greg Norman to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal, launched to help Queenslanders affected by the recent floods.
Flooding has submerged thousands of homes and forced many evacuations; since November 30, 2010, a total of 35 people are confirmed to have perished in flood-related incidents, with at least nine more victims listed as missing.
“It has been incredibly difficult to watch the pain and suffering caused by the recent floods in Australia. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who have been impacted by this disaster,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem.
“We applaud Greg Norman for his partnership, and together, we hope this donation will provide some relief to those who are going through such a terrible time.”
Norman added: “I witnessed the floods of 1974, which at the time were devastating, but pale by comparison to the current tragedy in Queensland.
“As a born and bred Queenslander, my heart goes out to all that have been affected by the recent floods, but know from the resiliency, determination and deep inner strength and spirit of the people of my home state, that they will rise above the tragedy and rebuild their lives and return to the peaceful harmony that only Queensland can give. I truly appreciate the PGA TOUR joining me in making this contribution and extend my heartfelt gratitude for all those who have contributed to the relief efforts.”
In addition to Norman, 22 Australians play on the PGA TOUR, by far the largest contingent of international players, including Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, Jason Day, Steve Elkington, Geoff Ogilvy and Adam Scott.
Elkington pledged support to the flood relief efforts by earmarking $1,000 per birdie he made during the Bob Hope Classic. He totalled 24 birdies, which equates to a $24,000 donation to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.
The Presidents Cup will return to Melbourne from November 15-20, 2011, where it will be played at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
The Presidents Cup, a team match play competition featuring 24 of the world’s top golfers – 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe – is held every two years, and since 1996 has alternated between United States and international venues.