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Big Cedar to debut Payne's Valley with Tiger Woods matchup

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Big Cedar Lodge next month is scheduled to debut Payne's Valley with a matchup featuring Tiger Woods, who designed the Ridgedale golf course.

Woods is slated to play in the Payne’s Valley Cup, an event that will see him and fellow American Justin Thomas competing against European golfers Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose, according to a news release.

"Tiger and I have a 20-year friendship that started through fishing and has evolved into the great partnership that created Payne’s Valley," said Johnny Morris, founder of Big Cedar and Bass Pro Shops, in the release.

Woods visited Big Cedar in 2017 to announce Payne's Valley in a partnership with Big Cedar and Bass Pro. Payne’s Valley, named in honor of Springfield native Payne Stewart, was designed by Woods' TGR Design. The course had been slated to open in 2019, but the launch was pushed back, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.

The 18-hole Payne's Valley has a bonus hole called The Rock, set in a geological feature where players walk through a cavern system to return to the clubhouse, according to past reporting.

The event is scheduled Sept. 22. Tickets are not being sold due to the coronavirus pandemic, but sponsors will have limited invites to be on-site. It will be televised on The Golf Channel and later on NBC, according to the release. The event is designed to raise funds for the Payne Stewart Family Foundation; Stewart died in 1999.

Payne's Valley joins Big Cedar's Buffalo Ridge Springs, Ozarks National, Mountain Top and Top of the Rock golf courses.


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