Diamond Resorts Announces 3-Year Extension with the LPGA and the 2021 Tournament of Champions
Friday, October 30, 2020
Diamond Resorts has announced a 3-year contract extension with the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) to host the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions through the year 2024. The 2021 Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions will take place at Tranquilo Golf Course at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando on January 21-24.
“What started as a wild idea has now become a truly special tournament that players and fans look forward to year in and year out, and we are honored to continue partnering with the LPGA to host this unforgettable event,” said Mike Flaskey, Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Resorts. “Spectators are a vital part of our electric tournament atmosphere, and we’re thrilled to safely welcome fans to Orlando this January to cheer on the world’s best LPGA and celebrity golfers.”
The Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions first began in January 2019, offering a unique format that combined LPGA Tour winners along with notable celebrities.
The 2021 tournament will play host to nearly 50 celebrity golfers including country music artist and songwriter Lee Brice, “Narcos: Mexico” actor Michael Peña, former star of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” Ben Higgins, former MLB pitcher Roger Clemens and comedian and actor Larry the Cable Guy.
“I’ve loved the chance to play in the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions for the last two years. Getting to play golf with celebrities and hang with people we don’t normally get to see on Tour is a great way to start the year,” said 5-time LPGA champion Danielle Kang. “The parties, the food, the atmosphere—this isn’t just any tournament. This is one we definitely all hope to play in every year.”
The combination of LPGA winners and big-name celebrities has proven to be successful with the television ratings, as the 2020 Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions brought in more viewers than any prior LPGA season opening even in 11 years. The 2021 tournament will be nationally televised on the Golf Channel on Thursday and Friday and on NBC for Saturday and Sunday.
Diamond Resorts and the LPGA are happy to welcome a limited number of spectators to the 2021 event. The tournament will be hosted in compliance with all local, state, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to protect all participants.
For full details on the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, view the official website.