The PGA TOUR returns to Walt Disney World Resort for the 40th consecutive year Nov. 11-14 for the 2010 Children’s Miracle Network Classic. The Fall Series event, held at Disney’s Palm and Magnolia golf courses, features some of the world’s top golfers playing in one of the resort’s longest-running traditions.
Initially held as the Walt Disney World Open Invitational, Jack Nicklaus claimed the first three titles, including the inaugural event in December 1971 less than three months after the resort opened. More recently, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Davis Love III have held aloft the Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck-themed trophy.
In its fourth year with current title sponsor Children’s Miracle Network, the Classic has enjoyed three straight thrilling finishes, with one stroke providing the winning difference for Stephen Ames (2007 and 2009) and Davis Love III (2008). The recent nail-biters, which included a three-man playoff in 2009, mark a continuation of the Classic “norm”: 21 of the last 28 events have been decided by one stroke or in sudden-death playoffs.
This year, guests can check out the Wine & Dine Walk – themed after the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – during all four days of the tournament. Spread across the Magnolia golf course, the food, beer and wine stations are positioned along key holes and offer culinary treats from some of Disney’s newest and most popular restaurants.
A popular destination for golfers and their families, the Classic serves as the season finale for the PGA TOUR and the final opportunity for golfers on the threshold to play their way into the Top 125 on the money list.
More info: childrensmiraclenetworkclassic.com.