By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor
After a year without a title sponsor, the annual PGA TOUR Champions will return to the Old Course at Broken Sound next month with a new sponsor though 2021.
Oasis Outsourcing, one of the nation’s largest privately-held Professional Employer Organizations, will be the title sponsor of the Oasis Championship.
The event will take place from Feb. 4-10. It is the first full-field event of the PGA TOUR Champions season. This year will mark the 13th year in Boca Raton.
Every year has featured a different winner. Last year, it came down to a final-round showdown between Mark Calcavecchia and Boca Raton resident and World Golf Hall of Famer Bernhard Langer, with Calcavecchia edging Langer out.
Last year’s field included eight members of the World Golf Hall of Fame and 15 major champions.
President and CEO of Oasis Outsourcing Mark Perlberg said the company decided to become the title sponsor after sponsoring the Pro-Am last year.
“We had a fabulous experience,” he said. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be here. We are so proud to be involved in this sporting event.”
The city of Boca Raton opened its checkbook to support the event last year. Without the city’s extra financial support, tournament officials said the event would not have taken place.
“Last year was a tough year for us because we didn’t have a title sponsor,” Miller Brady, President of PGA TOUR Champions said. “The city of Boca Raton has been instrumental in the event’s growth, and our partnership with Oasis will make this tournament even stronger.”
Mayor Scott Singer said the event highlights the attributes of Boca Raton to an international audience. Those tuning into the Golf Channel to catch the tournament will be able to see the world class championship in a world class city at a world class course, he said.
“We are the economic engine of Palm Beach County,” he said.
The event benefits Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation and other nonprofits. About $1.8 million in charitable donations has been raised since the event’s inception.
“We know how blessed we are to be playing this great game of golf,” Boca resident and champion Bernhard Langer said. “It is special to be here.”
For more information about the Oasis Championship, visit www.oasischampionship.com.