The PGA Tour announced another important sponsorship Wednesday, agreeing to a 10-year deal with Web.com as the sponsor of its developmental tour.
The Web.com Tour replaces what had been known as the Nationwide Tour, and the change was effective immediately.
Web.com takes over a tour that is to become the primary path for players to reach the PGA Tour.
Web.com, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is a provider of internet services and online marketing solutions to small- and medium-sized businesses.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though the return on name recognition alone is proven.
Nationwide took over as the umbrella sponsor in 2003, and it has turned into a noun in the golf world – the name of PGA Tour’s minor leagues.
This is the fifth name of the tour’s developmental circuit. It began in 1990 as the Hogan Tour, which gave way to the Nike Tour. It became the Buy.com Tour in 2000 until Nationwide took over.
CUP ASSISTANTS: U.S. captain Davis Love III selected a pair of longtime friends, Fred Couples and Mike Hulbert, as his assistants for the Ryder Cup.
Love said Wednesday they will help him choose his two other assistant captains for the Sept. 28-30 matches at Medinah Country Club in Illinois.
Love and Couples were stalwarts in the World Cup, winning a record four consecutive years as a team from 1992 to 1995. They also were teammates in the Ryder Cup, going 1-2 in team matches.
Love was paired with Hulbert when he first played at a PGA Tour event as an amateur, and they have been close friends ever since.
“Those who were my natural choices,” Love said. “My next two are going to be harder.”
SHARK SIGHTING: Greg Norman will make his first start on the Champions Tour in almost three years today in the Senior Players Championship at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh.
The two-time British Open winner will be making only his 12th Champions Tour start over more than seven years of eligibility at what is the third of five majors this season. He hasn’t played on the tour since Pebble Beach in September 2009.
“I don’t think your competitive juices ever go away,” Norman said. “Do I have the passion to play? I enjoy playing. I don’t enjoy practicing. There’s a big difference now.”
PGA PROS: In Seaside, Calif., Matt Dobyns completed a runaway victory Wednesday in the PGA Professional National Championship, closing with 2-under-par 70 on the Bayonet course to win by eight strokes.
The 34-year-old PGA head professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, N.Y., finished at 13-under 275.
The top 20 earned spots in the PGA Championship in August at Kiawah Island, S.C.