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Silverado Resort & Spa to Host 2014 Frys.com Open
Silverado Resort and Spa owner Johnny Miller and partners have announced that the facility will host the 2014 Frys.com Open on its North Course. The PGA Tour event will be held next year on October 6-12.
Now in its eighth season, the 72-hole tournament - which will be held for the final time at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif., October 7-13, is the opening event of the PGA Tour season - which now starts in fall.
The tournament features a full field with 132 players and a $5 million purse, with $900,000 going to the winner. Starting this year, FedEx Cup points will be awarded to entrants and the Frys.com Open winner receives an automatic invitation to the Masters.
Both the PGA and Champions tours are no strangers to Silverado. The resort's two courses have combined to host 28 professional tournaments, including the 1968-1976 Kaiser International Open Invitational; the 1977-1980 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic; and the 1989-2002 Transamerica, a senior event that featured such players Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, and Miller.
The 18-hole par-72 North Course was originally designed by Robert Trent-Jones designed, and was renovated in 2011 by Miller. The layout sprawls across 360 acres and features dozens of water crossings, elevation changes, and a routing through oak, pine and redwood.
Having played one of his first tournaments on the PGA Tour at Silverado in 1969 and winning the 1974 and '75 Kaiser International Open Invitational at Silverado, Miller - also the lead golf analyst for NBC Sports - looks forward to bringing the Frys.com Open and reintroducing players to the property's famed facility.
"We are thrilled to host the season-opening PGA Tour tournament on our iconic property," said Miller. "Our North Course is amongst the most challenging and beautiful courses in the state, and over the last two years the Troon team and I have ensured the playing experience is superior in every way."
Tournament chairperson Kathy Kolder, in accepting the invitation from Silverado Resort and Spa, said: "It's an opportunity to enhance the reputation of our tournament, generate new sponsors, expand the volunteer base and make significant contributions to deserving charities."
Tournament proceeds have generated $1 million to worthy charities each of the last two years and $5 million in its brief history.
The Frys.com Open will be televised all four days on the Golf Channel. For more information, visit www.frysopengolf.com. For further details about Silverado Resort and Spa, see www.silveradoresort.com.