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In March, Justin Thomas captured THE PLAYERS Championship, the TOUR’s flagship event, becoming just the fourth player since 1960 to win 14 times on the PGA TOUR before turning 28, joining Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller. Other Season of Championships winners to this point have included Dustin Johnson (2020 Masters Tournament), Bryson DeChambeau (2020 U.S. Open), Rory McIlroy (Wells Fargo Championship) and Hideki Matsuyama (2021 Masters Tournament). Hideki’s win—the first major championship title by a Japanese male golfer—is sure to inspire millions in his home country and is well-timed as the Tokyo Olympic Games are just around the corner. We’ve also witnessed the re-emergence of Jordan Spieth (Valero Texas Open) in the winner’s circle for the first time since 2017; the continued brilliance of young stars Collin Morikawa (World Golf Championships-Workday Championship at The Concession) and Viktor Hovland (Mayakoba Golf Classic presented by UNIFIN) and established veterans like Brooks Koepka (Waste Management Phoenix Open), Patrick Reed (Farmers Insurance Open), Patrick Cantlay (ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD), Billy Horschel (WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play) and Sergio Garcia (Sanderson Farms Championship). On PGA TOUR Champions and the Korn Ferry Tour, adjustments were made to their respective schedules due to the pandemic, with both 2020 seasons extended through the fall of 2021, allowing us to crown the Charles Schwab Cup champion and the next class of Korn Ferry tour graduates. PGA TOUR Champions has enjoyed an incredible influx of talent over the last year, with legends Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Jim Furyk all spending time—and winning—on the over-50 circuit. Off the course, the efforts of so many allowed the PGA TOUR and its tournaments to generate $160 million in charitable giving in 2020. While that number was not a record, it’s certainly one we took an incredible amount of pride in, given the impact of the pandemic, the many cancelations across our Tours and the overall economic climate. Charity is at the heart of everything we do—no matter the circumstances—and we proudly continue to make a positive impact in supporting and improving our local communities. With a pledge to be a part of the conversation and the solution to racial and social injustice plaguing our country, we continue to rely on the tenets of what we do in these challenging and difficult times—helping to positively impact lives in the communities in which we play and amplifying those who are working toward positive change. As a result, the TOUR last fall announced a $100 million, 10-year pledge to support the work of nonprofit organizations that are leading efforts to advance equity and inclusion. Progress to this point has included enhanced support for the APGA, an organization with whom 8  PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE  June – December 2021

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we’ve partnered for eight years in their mission to prepare African-American and other minority golfers to compete and win at the highest levels of professional golf. We also established a new partnership with the 100 Black Men of America to bolster their work with youth mentoring, health and wellness, economic empowerment and social justice and increasing engagement with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Change won’t happen overnight, but we can listen, we can learn and we can use our platform to amplify and assist those who are making positive change in the world. Our landmark strategic alliance with the European Tour was announced in November 2020—wherein the PGA TOUR now owns a minority financial interest in European Tour Productions. This new partnership allows our Tours to better collaborate on a structure that meets the needs of professional golfers worldwide through tournament schedules, playing opportunities, prize money growth, fan engagement and global media rights. The extraordinary fan engagement and media consumption we experienced on our platforms and those of our partners in our Return to Golf has carried into 2021, and we are wellpositioned as we head into 2022 with our new nine-year media agreements with Comcast/NBC Sports Group, ViacomCBS and ESPN+ alongside our international media partner Discovery and its GolfTV platform. This portfolio of partners is poised to build, innovate and expand content options as we seek to further grow and diversify our fan base. And last, but certainly not least, the gradual return of spectators has been a critical next step for our organization. As compelling as our competitions were last summer, there was something missing. We noticed it. Our tournaments, communities and partners noticed it. Our players certainly noticed it. No cheers, no ovations, no high fives, no autographs. While this didn’t affect how our athletes performed, at heart, they are entertainers and they missed each and every one of our fans cheering them on. And while we are not claiming victory by any stretch, we will continue to work with our tournaments and government officials to continue to welcome our fans back in a safe, responsible manner. The PGA TOUR has played a significant role in helping to restore a sense normalcy at a time when it was needed most. Using this momentum, we are excited about the continued opportunity for our athletes and our tournaments to entertain, inspire and create more indelible moments for our fans around world.  Sincerely, Jay Monahan Commissioner PGA TOUR

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