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News | November 8, 2017

Rapiscan Systems Announced As Title Sponsor Of Annual PGA TOUR Champions Event On Mississippi Gulf Coast

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The PGA TOUR and Rapiscan Systems, Inc. today announced an agreement making the security screening provider the title sponsor of the longstanding PGA TOUR Champions event contested annually at Fallen Oak in Biloxi, Miss.

The newly-named Rapiscan Systems Classic will be held in March of 2018, with a three-year agreement in place through the 2020 season. Bruno Event Team will manage the event, with the MGRC Foundation continuing to serve as the tournament’s host organization, and tournament proceeds benefitting area charities.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Rapiscan Systems to the PGA TOUR family as the new title sponsor of our event on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” said PGA TOUR Champions President Greg McLaughlin. “Their commitment to excellence in the field of security meshes well with our desire to create a tremendous tournament product for the great golf fans in Southern Mississippi. We are excited for this partnership and look forward to building on the strength of the tournament’s existing foundation.”

Since 1993, Rapiscan Systems has been a proud and trusted partner of government agencies and private security operations around the world. The company owns and operates a manufacturing plant in nearby Ocean Springs, Miss.

An OSI Systems company, Rapiscan Systems is the world’s leading security screening provider, with state-of-the-art products, solutions and services that meet demanding threat detection needs while improving operational efficiency. Rapiscan provided security screening services to the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland, and will be the provider for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The Rapiscan Systems Classic will be the third PGA TOUR-sanctioned event to be held annually in Mississippi, joining the PGA TOUR’s Sanderson Farms Championship and the Tour’s North Mississippi Classic. Mississippi is one of just five states to host an annual tournament on all three Tours, with California, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina being the other four.

“This tournament has been an exciting part of the Mississippi sports calendar since 2010, and we are elated to welcome Rapiscan Systems into our community as we look to expand the tournament footprint,” said MRGC Foundation Board of Directors Chairman, Frank Bertucci. “The Mississippi Gulf Coast benefits greatly from this event, and I know the passionate golf fans in the area will continue to support these tremendous legends of the game.”

Over the past eight years, the Rapiscan Systems Classic has been one of the most exciting stops on the PGA TOUR Champions schedule, producing champions such as Tom Lehman (2011), World Golf Hall of Fame member Fred Couples (2012), and Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, who successfully defended his 2016 title in a playoff earlier this year over Gene Sauers.

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About Rapiscan Systems

Rapiscan Systems, a division of OSI Systems, Inc., is a leading global supplier of security inspection solutions utilizing advanced threat identification techniques. The company's products are sold into the following market segments: Baggage and Parcel Inspection; Cargo and Vehicle Inspection; Hold (checked) Baggage Screening; People Screening; Explosive and Narcotics Trace Detection; and Radiation Detection. The Rapiscan Systems product lines are supported by a global service network. As the world's leading security screening provider, Rapiscan Systems provides state-of-the-art products, solutions and services to meet our customers' most demanding threat detection needs. For more information, visit

About PGA TOUR Champions

PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golf’s most recognizable and accomplished players, age 50 and older, including 35 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back and generate significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities. In 2017, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 26 tournaments in 18 states, Japan, Wales and Canada, with purses totaling more than $55 million. The Charles Schwab Cup, which includes the Regular Season and the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, is used to determine the season-long champion. All events are televised in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel, the exclusive cable-television partner of PGA TOUR Champions. Internationally, telecasts air live, tape-delayed or in a highlights-package format in excess of 190 countries and territories, reaching more than 330 million potential households. The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.


Stewart Moore