American Express Championship headed to Harding Park

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Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (Sports Network) - The 2005 World Golf Championships - American Express Championship will be played at Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco, California. The International Federation of PGA Tours made the announcement on Monday. The event will be contested October 6-9.

"We are pleased to be able to bring the American Express Championship to historic Harding Park," said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem on behalf of the International Federation of PGA Tours. "World Golf Championships have been held at some of the great courses around the globe and Harding Park is a terrific addition to this list. San Francisco has a long and storied history of hosting some of golf's most prestigious championships and holding the American Express Championship at Harding Park will continue that tradition."

The American Express Championship is one of the four World Golf Championships events, a series of global tournaments the brings together some of the world's best golfers.

The Harding Park Golf Course was designed by Willie Watson and opened back in 1925. The Lucky International, a former PGA Tour event, was played at this venue from 1961-66 and again in 1968.

"I am honored to welcome the World Golf Championships-American Express Championship to San Francisco's Harding Park Golf Course," said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. "The tournament will allow San Francisco to showcase one of the finest public recreation golf facilities in the United States. Additionally, American Express' extraordinary charitable contributions to our First Tee program will benefit hundreds of San Francisco's children, who would not normally have access to golf and the life lessons learned through playing this spectacular sport."

This event will be the second time the tournament is contested in the United States. In 2001, it was to be contested at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri, but was cancelled due to the terrorist attacks. Last year, it returned to the States as Atlanta's Capital City Club was the host course.

Tiger Woods is the two-time defending champion, and has won three of the first four American Express Championships, including the inaugural event in 1999.

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