Club Car drives on with European Tour
Golf’s European Tour has today announced a four-year extension of its partnership with Club Car, the provider of electric vehicles at events.
Club Car, which is owned by US industrial manufacturing company Ingersoll Rand, has been an official supplier of the tour since 1999, and an official supplier at every Ryder Cup held on European soil since 1997.
In the current 2019 season, more than 100 Club Car vehicles will be used at European Tour events around the world.
Some 550 were utilised at the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National near Paris last September as Europe regained the trophy by beating USA.
Club Car is also an official supplier of golf cars to the Professional Golfers’ Association in the UK and Ireland and the PGA of America.
Meanwhile, the organisers of the US PGA Tour’s Desert Classic are confident about finding a new title sponsor for the event in 2020 onwards.
The tournament, which is held at La Quinta Country Club in southern California, requires a new backer after recruitment website CareerBuilder withdrew ahead of the 2019 edition, while still funding this January’s event, which adopted a new name.
Jeff Sanders, the executive director of the Desert Classic, formerly the CareerBuilder Challenge, told the Palm Springs Desert Sun: “I’m bullish on the outcome here. Conversations are going on. We will have a sponsor, a great sponsor, for 2020.”
Asked when he expected a new partner to be in place, Sanders said: “We have had a lot of interest. We’ve had a lot of conversations. We have narrowed those things down. But these things take time.”
The Desert Classic forms part of the PGA Tour’s early season West Coast swing and is operated by international agency Lagardère Sports.
The tournament had a prize fund of $5.9 million this year.