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The inaugural Kiwi Challenge, a made-for-TV event, is now an officially sanctioned event on the PGA Tour’s Challenge Events’ season, an 11-event series that caps off the PGA Tour schedule. The Oct. 27-28 Kiwi Challenge features Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker, Anthony Kim and Hunter Mahan playing 36 holes over two days. However, the star of the event may not be any of the participants rather the venue. Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand and two of the most picturesque courses in the world will provide the stunning backdrop. NBC will televise the Kiwi Challenge in HDTV Saturday, Nov. 15 and Sunday, Nov. 16.
The PGA Tour and Kiwi Challenge signed a three-year deal to include the event as a part of the Challenge Events’ season, which begins with the Tavistock Cup in March and ends with Tiger Woods’ Chevron World Challenge presented by Bank of America Dec. 18-21; the season includes some of the most storied events on Tour, including the LG SKINS GAME, Del Webb Father/Son Challenge and Greg Norman’s Merrill Lynch Shootout.
"We are pleased to officially add the Kiwi Challenge as one of the PGA Tour's Challenge Events, beginning this year with the exciting field of Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker, Anthony Kim and Hunter Mahan," said Ed Moorhouse, PGA Tour co-chief operating officer. "The participation of these rising, young stars will make the inaugural Kiwi Challenge a can't-miss event for golf fans in New Zealand and those watching from around the world."
Julian Robertson, the owner of both Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers and the founder of the Kiwi Challenge, said, “Anthony Kim and Hunter Mahan were real American Ryder Cup heroes.