Hawaii Tourism Authority reconsiders PGA contract

The Hawaii Tourism Authority is reconsidering its $2.5 million contract with the PGA after Hawaii lost two professional golf tournaments this year.

HTA is leaning on PGA officials to either replace the tournaments or return the funds, an HTA official said.

The HTA also is concerned that professional golf tournaments have lost some of their popularity.

David Uchiyama, HTA's marketing director, cites the PGA's difficulty in securing title sponsors and the status of the competitors it brings to Hawaii.

"You don't see a Tiger Woods or a Phil Mickelson," he said.

About half of HTA's $2.5 million PGA contract supports tournaments, including two PGA Tour events, two Champions events, two PGA of America events and two LPGA events to the islands each year.

Sponsors put up the prize money and cover the bulk of a tournament's costs.

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