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TOUR  Championship returns to DeKalb’s East Lake
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
September 18, 2013 01:37 PM | 3045 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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DeKalb County prepares to host the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta starting today and culminating Sunday with the winner receiving $1.4 million and the FedEx Cup. The annual event started in 1987 and was held for the first time at East Lake in 1998. Since 2004, the Atlanta golf course and the formative home of legendary golfer Bobby Jones has hosted the event, which has included past winners such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk and the 2012 champion, Brandt Snedeker.

The event brings together the top 30 players in the FedEx points standings which are accumulated throughout the season. The points are reset prior to the Championship and each player participates in four full rounds, ensuring that each golfer has a mathematical chance of winning the event.

“This is our final event of the season and we get to find out who our champion for this PGA season will be,” said TOUR Championship Director Tom Clark, who enters his second year at the post. “Playing at such a historic course such as East Lake is acknowledged by the younger players and they’re interested in that as well.”

The course will have several amenities for the attendees, including the Chick-fil-A College Corner and a Freestyle Coke Machine, which will allow patrons to make their Coca-Cola drinks at the 18th hole.

The event has become a staple of the DeKalb community and as an economic impact of about $35 million to $45 million. All proceeds from the championship go to the East Lake Foundation and the First Tee Program, which teaches young people the core values of life through golf. Last year, the championship made contributions totaling more than $2.25 million to charities.

“The event is our attempt to give back to the community,” Clark said
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