World Golf Hall of Fame member Bernhard Langer commits to 2016 Pacific Links Championship
Rocco Mediate, Lee Janzen and Jesper Parnevik also commit to PGA TOUR Champions stop
Victoria, B.C. (July 11, 2016) – World Golf Hall of Fame member Bernhard Langer committed to play the 2016 Pacific
Links Championship, to be contested on Bear Mountain Golf Resort’s Mountain Course in Victoria, British Columbia, the
week of September 19-25, 2016. The event will feature a US$2.5 million purse, with 81 players competing for a winner’s
share of $440,000.
Langer, a two-time winner of the Masters Tournament, has notched 28 career titles on PGA TOUR Champions, which ranks
third all-time behind Hale Irwin (45) and Lee Trevino (29).
The 2001 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee has won three times on PGA TOUR Champions this year, including major
championship victories at the Regions Tradition and the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship. He currently
leads the Charles Schwab Cup standings with over $1.5 million in season-long earnings.
“I am excited to compete in this year’s Pacific Links Championship,” said Langer. “As one of the final Regular Season events
on our schedule, it will be a key week leading into the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Bernhard Langer to Victoria for what should be an exciting week of golf,” said tournament
director David Skitt. “He has put together one of the most complete and impressive careers in the history of golf, with a
timeless legacy that has extended well into his PGA TOUR Champions career.”
Recent Senior PGA Championship winner Rocco Mediate, two-time U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen and five-time PGA
TOUR winner Jesper Parnevik joined Langer on the tournament’s most recent commitment list.
Mediate won six times during a lengthy PGA TOUR career, but made worldwide headlines in 2008 when he went toe-to-toe
with Tiger Woods at the U.S. Open, contested at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, Calif.
Mediate had a chance to win outright, but missed hit birdie try before falling victim to one of the most dramatic 72nd
-hole putts in Woods’ storied career. The duo competed in an 18-hole playoff the next day, where Woods claimed his 14th and
most recent major championship on the first extra hole.
Janzen won eight times on the PGA TOUR, most notably capturing the 1993 and 1998 U.S. Open titles at Baltusrol Golf
Club and The Olympic Club, respectively. The former Florida Southern golfer defeated the legendary Payne Stewart on
Janzen finished T2 at the PGA TOUR’s Greater Vancouver Open in 1996, falling one shot shy of winner Guy Boros after
bogeying two of the last four holes.
The 51-year-old’s lone PGA TOUR Champions title came at the 2015 Chubb Classic, where he defeated Bart Bryant in a
Parnevik notched five career wins on the PGA TOUR, four on the European Tour and won his first PGA TOUR Champions
title at the Insperity Invitational in May.
The affable Swede is best known for his trademark hats, which feature the bill flipped up in non-traditional fashion. In 2015,
along with wife Mia, he helped launch “Parneviks,” a reality TV show about the duo and their four kids which airs on TV3 in
Pacific Links would like to congratulate our recent media day host and past Pacific Links Hawaii Champion Paul Goydos for
his win this past week at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. We look forward to Paul’s performance at Bear Mountain in
Tournament week in Victoria will begin with Pro-Ams on Wednesday and Thursday, followed by 54 holes of championship
play from Friday through Sunday, with no cut. All three competitive rounds will be broadcast live by Golf Channel to more
than 200 million homes in 84 countries and 11 languages around the world.
Get Involved, Become a Tournament Volunteer
The Pacific Links Championship is now accepting volunteer submissions for the tournament. With less than three months
remaining until the event we encourage golf enthusiasts to be a part of the action by becoming a volunteer. The Pacific
Links Championship team of volunteers consist of avid golfers, fans of the game and people looking for a fun and exciting
experience. To register as a volunteer simply visit the tournament website at www.pacificlinkschampionship.com and click
the REGISTER HERE button to the left of the screen.
About The Pacific Links Championship
The Pacific Links Championship is an official event on PGA Champions TOUR featuring the world's premier golfers aged
50 and older competing for a US$ 2.5 million purse. Tournament play at the Pacific Links Championship will be held on the
Jack and Steve Nicklaus Co-Design Mountain Course at Bear Mountain Golf Resort, Victoria, British Columbia, from
September 19-25, 2016. All three competitive rounds will be broadcast live by Golf Channel to more than 200 million homes
in 84 countries and 11 languages around the world. For more information on the Pacific Links Championship or PGA TOUR
Champions, please visit www.PGATOUR.com/Champions or www.pacificlinkschampionship.com.
About Pacific Links International
Pacific Links was founded in 2009 to provide members with a premium golf experience through an innovative international
membership structure focused on the Chinese golfer. Pacific Links offers them access to the finest collection of high quality
golf clubs in the world. Since 2012, the Pacific Links Network of Affiliated and Reciprocal clubs now stands at over 500
properties located in 20+ countries around the world. With a strong membership base continuing to grow in China, the
planned expansion into other parts of Asia and the aggregated population of members from all the participating clubs, Pacific
Links is now expanding the brand platform to encompass more than just golf. We are positioning Pacific Links International
to be the preeminent Lifestyle portal for China’s HNW customer providing high demand travel itineraries inspired by golf but
encompassing concierge services, flights, accommodations, local tourism experience and travel butler assistance. The main
feature of a Pacific Links membership is reciprocal access. In the next 10-15 years, PLI will further expand its international
affiliate network to over 1,000 clubs in North America, Europe, Australia, Japan and the entire Southeast Asia.
About Bear Mountain Golf Resort
Located on southern Vancouver Island - a region known for its year round golf climate, stellar fishing opportunities and strong local food
movement - Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa offers two outstanding courses that combined represent the only 36-hole Nicklaus Design
golf experience in Canada. The Mountain Course, a Jack and Steve Nicklaus Co-Design, features impressive landscape and dramatic
terrain that lead to breathtaking 180 degree views of nearby Victoria, the Pacific Ocean and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State.
The course, a par 71 playing at 6,925 yards, sets atop a 1,100-foot mountain and has been assigned a slope rating of 142 from the back
tees. The 18-hole, par 71 Nicklaus Design Valley Course, a spectacular golf setting that is nestled in a pristine natural 102 acres of mature
forests, measures just under 7,000 yards. Surrounded by 3,000 acres of parks and hiking trails, Bear Mountain is one of the few golf
courses in North America that offers an authentic natural setting so close to a capital city. More than a resort and an incredible community,
Bear Mountain is also home to Golf Canada's National Development team, the high performance training centre of Canada’s National
Mountain Bike team, and construction recently commenced on Canada’s largest indoor/outdoor clay court tennis facility supported by
Tennis Canada and Tennis BC. The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa rounds out the amenities offering guests a luxurious
getaway with outstanding fine dining options, the award-winning Sante Spa, and the Bear Mountain Golf Academy.
About PGA TOUR Champions
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golfers age 50 and older, with the most recognizable and accomplished players
in the game - including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, which compete regularly in its events. PGA TOUR Champions is
where Legends play, and is home to The Ultimate Clubhouse. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events
and purses totaling $475,000. The primary purpose of PGA TOUR Champions is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain
and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game
and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2016, the newly-introduced Charles Schwab
Cup Playoffs will identify and recognize the Tour’s leading player via a season-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup. The Commissioner
of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Greg McLaughlin is President of PGA TOUR Champions. The PGA TOUR’s website is pgatour.com,
the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at
facebook.com/PGATOURChampions and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
David Skitt, Tournament Director, Pacific Links Championship