Phil Mickelson Voted July PGA TOUR Player of the Month Presented by Avis
PARSIPPANY, N.J. and PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla., Aug. 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)
-- PGA TOUR and Avis Car Rental announced today that Open Championship winner
Phil Mickelson has been voted the July PGA TOUR Player of the Month presented
by Avis. As the official rental car company of the PGA TOUR, Avis will make a
$50,000 contribution to the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation.
In a fan decision on PGATOUR.COM, Mickelson outpolled Jordan Spieth, Woody
Austin and Brandt Snedeker. The four were nominated by a panel of national
media for their performances during the month of July.
"I really appreciate being named PGA TOUR Player of the Month for July," said
Mickelson. "Amy and I thank Avis for its contribution to our foundation and
the PGA TOUR as a whole."
The highlight of Mickelson's month was his fifth career major championship
title at The Open Championship at Muirfield. Mickelson entered the final round
of the 2013 Open Championship trailing Lee Westwood by five shots, but a
5-under 66 led to a three-stroke win over Henrik Stenson. The victory was
Mickelson's 42^nd career PGA TOUR title, ninth all-time.
"Phil Mickelson's performance on the golf course during the month of July is
praiseworthy – and the fans agree. In fact, this PGA TOUR Player of the Month
honor marks the second time that Phil has received the recognition," said
Jeannine Haas, chief marketing officer, Avis Budget Group. "We congratulate
Phil on his success and are proud to donate $50,000 on his behalf."
Founded in 2004, the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation supports a variety of
youth and family initiatives through involvement with Start Smart and the
Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.
For more information or to vote for the PGA TOUR Player of the Month presented
by Avis, visit www.pgatour.com.
Avis Car Rental operates one of the world's best-known car rental brands with
approximately 5,750 locations in more than 165 countries. Avis has a long
history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world's top
brands for customer loyalty. Avis is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc.
(Nasdaq:CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world. For
more information, visit www.avis.com.
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world's premier membership organization for touring
professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 100 tournaments on the PGA
TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR's mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver
substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back,
generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in
which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to nearly 945 million households
in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments
are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable
giving. In 2012, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $130 million
for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR's all-time total of
charitable contributions to more than $1.8 billion.
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.
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