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Courtesy TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola/Facebook
Courtesy TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola/Facebook

Golf has often provided a bond and connection between fathers and their kids. With Father’s Day approaching, fans of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, Sept. 10-14 at East Lake Golf Club, have the opportunity to give their fathers the gift of world-class golf and save, thanks to a special, limited-time ticket offer.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Payne Stewart Award which honors the memory of Stewart, an 11-time PGA TOUR winner and World Golf Hall of Fame member, and Stewart's memorable U.S. Open victory at Pinehurst. The award is presented annually by Southern Company to the player who best exemplifies the values of character, charity and sportsmanship.

The TOUR Championship is honoring this anniversary with a limited-edition Father's Day package that includes one (1) Weekend Grounds Ticket Package (Saturday and Sunday) plus a commemorative Payne Stewart Award 15th anniversary package which includes two glasses, ticket holder & lanyard and a $20 PGA TOUR Superstore gift card (free shipping) all for $99 (regular price $186.95). Tickets can be purchased at www.PGATOUR.com/tourchampionship.

When Justin Rose watched his final putt disappear into the 72nd hole of last year’s U.S. Open Championship – on Father’s Day – he kissed his index finger and blew it skyward as a way of saying thanks and remembering his father, Ken, who passed away in 2002 of cancer.

“Father's Day was not lost on me today,” said Rose, immediately after his win.  “You don't have opportunities to really dedicate a win to someone you love. My dad was the inspiration the whole day.”

Several other players who are hoping to reach the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola recently provided their own comments and tributes to their fathers.

“I think the biggest thing was that my dad supported me so much,” said two-time PGA TOUR winner Jason Day recently. “We obviously didn't have the greatest upbringing. We didn't have a lot of money, so just the Saturdays and Sundays that we would go and spend together, being able to go out and play golf, were very special. He'd always take me to the golf course, come out and watch me play.  I think that's what I miss the most after he passed. Father’s Day is obviously very special. Now I'm a father, I wish my dad could be here to see my son, but hopefully I can be a great father to him, and hopefully we can have a lot of Saturdays and Sundays together, to play some golf as well.”

“My dad got me into this game of golf at a very early age,” said PGA TOUR champion Billy Horschel. “There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about him. You know, when I’m out on the golf course, there's a lot of times where I think about something he told me about my swing way back when. My dad is a hardworking guy. He works his tail off. He is a blue collar guy who has worked hard for everything he has in life, and so that’s had an impact on me. He's really instilled a hard work ethic for me to always strive for my goals, don't ever give up. And now I have a little girl on the way, so I’m excited to see how I can pass on those lessons to my children.”

“My dad was the guy that introduced me to golf; I still think if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be in the game,” said South African Charl Schwartzel. “There have been really a lot of memories, since my junior days. We used to go to tournaments, used to take me up really early in the mornings. Whenever there's a question that I've got, golfing-wise, he's the first person I phone."

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