Nationwide's Colombia Championship renews sponsorship

Bill Calfee, President of the Nationwide Tour.

The Nationwide Tour's Colombia Championship has secured a three-year extension of its sponsorship with Pacific Rubiales Energy and SportLink, the tour announced.

The deal sustains the PGA Tour's move into South America, an initiative that began in 2010 when the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship became the Tour's first sanctioned event played for official money in the continent.

“When we announced the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship in December 2009, it was a ground-breaking moment for the PGA Tour,” said Nationwide Tour president Bill Calfee.

Added Jose Francisco Arata, president and executive director of Pacific Rubiales Energy: “The Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship has demonstrated both internally and outside our borders the progressive nature of Colombia, as well as the value in investing in this country.”

Pacific Rubiales is the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production company in Colombia. SportLink is a Bogotá-based golf tournament production and promotion company.

The 144-player championship showcases a number of players from South America. Next year, the event's purse is expected to be $650,000.

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