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In April 2002, The PGA of America announced the 2016 Ryder Cup would be held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. Hazeltine, which has hosted numerous championship events, including PGA Championships in 2002 and 2009, is the first club in Minnesota to host the biennial event that brings together top players from the United States and Europe in a compelling match-play event.
Story-telling opportunities around Ryder Cup’s international and match-play format were endless; very different from a PGA Tour, and a vastly different experience than the Masters. Loud and spirited cheering in the name of sportsmanship is encouraged, and an entirely different set of rules applied to Ryder Cup.
Tunheim worked with Ryder Cup leadership to leverage the differentiation and share the milestones leading up to and through the duration of the event. For more than two years, Tunheim increased Ryder Cup awareness, supported hospitality sales, facilitated relationships with local dignitaries and organizations, and established a consistent cadence with local media. Much of the front-end work laid the ground for the most successful Ryder Cup to date.
Coordinated and supported all media relations for successful a 2015 One Year Out event, Trophy Tour appearances, Tom Lehman media availability and overwhelmingly successful 2016 Ryder Cup including:
The 2016 Ryder Cup was held in the United States, Sept. 27 – Oct. 2, 2016 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.