Viking withdraws as Miss. PGA tournament sponsor

Chris Kirk after winning the Viking Classic on July 17, 2011.
Chris Kirk after winning the Viking Classic on July 17, 2011. ( Associated Press )

Sunday, August 28, 2011

JACKSON, Miss. — The director of Mississippi's PGA Tour tournament says Viking Range Corp. of Greenwood is pulling out as sponsor, and he needs to find a new sponsor or sponsors by the end of September.

Randy Watkins tells The Clarion-Ledger that if he cannot, the tournament could lose its spot on the 2012 PGA Tour calendar. He says just under $1 million a year is needed

Watkins says Viking decided last week to drop the sponsorship.

The company makes high-end kitchen appliances. It has been hit hard by the recession, laying off more than 300 workers since 2008.

Viking has been the title sponsor for the last five years and four tournaments. Rain canceled the 2009 event.