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Poor attendance, scheduling cause switch

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Unable to overcome poor
attendance and bad scheduling in North Florida, the Senior PGA Tour
announced Wednesday it is moving one of its signature events, the
Legends of Golf, out of the state.

Beginning next year and continuing through 2006, the 25-year-old
tournament largely credited with launching the Senior PGA Tour will
be played at the Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa in Savannah,
Ga.

For the last four years, the tournament was played at the World
Golf Village in St. Augustine, a match the tour thought would be
perfect because it put the best players in senior golf on the same
grounds as the World Golf Hall of Fame.

But attendance lagged, in part because the Legends of Golf was
always scheduled within a few weeks of the PGA Tour's The Players
Championship, up the road in Ponte Vedra Beach.

After the last tournament in April, the senior tour renewed
agreements with title sponsor Liberty Mutual and with ABC Sports
through 2006, but also started looking for a new site.

"All the elements are in place for a great tournament and the
future of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in Savannah is very
bright,'' PGA commissioner Tim Finchem said.