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GOLF WITH SIX-TIME PGA TOUR CHAMPION ROCCO MEDIATE AT THE NECKER OPEN – THE WORLD’S MOST EXCLUSIVE PRO-AM Rocco Mediate, multiple PGA Tour Winner to play alongside amateur golfers, including Sir Richard Branson in the 2016 Necker Open, taking place in Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands November 14-19, 2016. Amateur tournament spots still available for golf enthusiasts.

Los Angeles, CA – “Now in its second year, the Necker Open is without a doubt the world’s most exclusive Pro-Am golf event,” says Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group Founder. “This year, six-time PGA Tour winner Rocco Mediate will be joining us, plus we will introduce skills tests, like the $1,000,000 Hole-in-One Challenge and the Necker 9.”

The Necker Open Pro-Am takes place in Puerto Rico at stunning Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve where 18 holes of golf will be played. Necker Open teams will consist of one PGA Tour golf pro and three amateurs. After every 9 holes, the teams will rotate giving each amateur the chance to play with every pro. There will be a total of 12 amateur golfers worldwide, consisting of four teams, and Sir Richard Branson will play every hole, rotating through the teams with all the players. To keep it competitive for players of all levels, a handicapped scoring format will be in place throughout this very spirited Pro-Am. After the competition, the fun is not over as golfers join Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island to experience the famed Necker 9 — a series of nine, unique golf challenges that can only be had on Necker Island. For the first time ever, we are lifting the curtain on the wild Necker 9 golf challenges to give the world a glimpse into what makes the series truly unique. The challenges get underway November 16 and continue throughout the final days of the Necker Open. Check #Necker9 on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to see these epic golf challenges in action and find out whose skills are massive.


Need a quick million? Each 2016 Necker Open participant also gets a swing in the $1,000,000 Hole-inOne challenge. All Pro-Am participants will have a chance to drive a (bio degradable) golf ball from the roof terrace of Necker Island’s Great House to a target floating in the Caribbean Sea. Sink the ball and win big. Just added, PGA European Tour player, Mathias Grönberg has joined the 2016 Necker Open and will be on-hand playing in the 2016 tournament alongside Rocco Mediate, Sir Richard Branson and the amateur players. The final Necker Open golf pro to participate will be announced soon. Stay-tuned to www.neckeropen.com for updates. It wouldn’t be the week of a lifetime without an exceptional place to stay. That’s why each Necker Open guest will reside at the exclusive Bitter End Yacht Club, where each Reef room is mere steps away from the water’s edge. As if that were not enough, every Necker Open guest will also have unlimited use of the Bitter End Yacht Club’s fleet of 100 ocean vessels that range from paddle boards and kayaks to catamarans and motorboats. Best of all, this event is taking place for a great cause. Each year, on the last night of the Necker Open a live and online auction is held to help raise money for children’s sports charities, Virgin Unite and participating player’s charities. The Necker Open is proud to announce that we have raised over $3,000,000 in charitable funds to date and counting. To learn more, visit: http://neckeropen.com/charity/ To join Rocco Mediate, Sir Richard Branson, Mathias Grönberg and more at the 2016 Necker Open, visit www.neckeropen.com to request a brochure. Can’t make it this year? Join us on social media for live coverage throughout the event via #NeckerOpen November 14-19, 2016. Multimedia: • Accompanying Images for Download: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b81cd1fm5uiip18/AAAMDxSqGYSwK-9Vs94YHyMda?dl=0 • Video: 2015 Necker Open Highlights with Greg Norman and Sir Richard Branson https://youtu.be/t5Ie_nLMudA • Video: 2015 Necker Open and Necker Cup Highlights https://youtu.be/TxRa0lT7fkQ Related Links: • 2016 Necker Open http://neckeropen.com


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Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/puerto-rico/dorado-beach Necker Island http://www.virginlimitededition.com/en/necker-island Sir Richard Branson’s Latest Blog Post About the 2016 Necker Open and Necker Cup https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/playing-golf-and-tennis-necker Bitter End Yacht Club http://neckeropen.com/accommodations/#beyc

About the Necker Open: The Necker Open is the world’s most exclusive Pro-Am golf tournament benefitting worthy charities including the Virgin Unite, National Tennis Foundation and various player charities. Now in its second year, along with the tournament, we are introducing a set of skills challenges known on Necker Island as the Necker 9, and a $1,000,000 Hole-in-One competition where players will drive a golf ball from the roof of the Necker Great House to a floating target for a chance to win a cool million with one swing. To learn how you can join us, visit www.neckeropen.com About Necker Island: Necker Island is Sir Richard Branson's home and favorite hideaway situated in the British Virgin Islands, a stunning and unspoiled area of the Caribbean. At 74 acres, Necker sits in turquoise waters surrounded by coral reefs and fringed with beautiful white sandy beaches. The island is normally hired exclusively for up to 34 guests sharing 17 bedrooms on an all- inclusive basis. It can also be shared with others during Celebration Weeks; these are held several times each year and allow guests to book individual rooms as opposed to hiring the entire island. Necker Island is part of Virgin Limited Edition, an awardwinning collection of unique hotels and retreats. http://www.virginlimitededition.com/en/necker-island ### Media Inquiries: Jennifer Degtjarewsky, Media Director Necker Open Jen@MediaLabOne.com

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Rocco Mediate Press Release - PGA  

Rocco Mediate Press Release - PGA