Nationwide Introduced as Presenting Sponsor of The Memorial

Jack Nicklaus congratulates 2010 Memorial winner Justin RoseDublin, Ohio – The Memorial Tournament, Nationwide Insurance and the PGA Tour have announced that Nationwide will become the presenting sponsor of the Memorial Tournament, beginning with the 2011 event.

Nationwide and the Memorial have mutually committed to a six-year initial relationship through 2016.

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance will enter its 36th year of competition in 2011 as one of the elite events in professional golf.

Founded and hosted annually by Columbus native Jack Nicklaus and the Nicklaus family and played at storied Muirfield Village Golf Club, the Memorial Tournament regularly attracts an outstanding international field, recognizes those who have distinguished themselves and contributed significantly to the sport, and at the same time ensures that many deserving charities are recognized and supported to help those in need.

“I am delighted and proud that Nationwide Insurance has joined the Memorial Tournament as presenting sponsor,” Tournament Founder Jack Nicklaus said. “When we created the Memorial Tournament 35 years ago, we did so with Central Ohio in mind. It was our way of bringing world-class golf to our hometown and to the passionate fans of our state.

"I believe Nationwide Insurance furthers our national platform but at the same time brings us back to the genesis of the event, and that is to showcase golf to Central Ohio and at the same time showcase Dublin, Columbus and the surrounding area to the golf world," he added. "There is a commonality and a commitment to excellence between Nationwide Insurance and the Memorial Tournament.”

Through this relationship, Nationwide Insurance will become the first locally-based presenting sponsor in the Tournament’s 35-year history. The partnership brings together two iconic Central Ohio brands, with a goal of staging a world-class event that gives back to the community and many deserving local charities.

“We’re excited for the Nationwide brand to be associated with one of the premier golf tournaments in the world, and golf’s greatest player, Jack Nicklaus,” said Steve Rasmussen, CEO of Nationwide Insurance. “Partnering with the Memorial allows us to support an event that draws the national spotlight to Central Ohio every year, while helping deserving local charities like Nationwide Children’s Hospital fulfill their mission.”

Over the past two decades, Nationwide Insurance has maintained a long-standing high profile relationship with the PGA Tour as one of the game’s most passionate supporters. From 1991-2000 Nationwide sponsored the Champions Tour’s Nationwide Championship near Atlanta. Since 2003 the insurance giant has sponsored the Nationwide Tour, making Nationwide Insurance the longest running umbrella sponsor in that Tour’s history. It also has sponsored the Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational in Columbus since 2007.


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