Rain curtailed the Nissan Open professional golf tournament in Southern California last month. But the PGA Tour is requiring the automaker to pay its full share of the $4.5 million purse.
Nissan North America Inc.'s contract with the tournament's host committee calls for the automaker to pay 38 percent of the purse if at least 36 holes are played, says PGA Tour spokesman Bob Combs. The host committee pays the balance.
Half of the 72-hole tournament scheduled for Feb. 17-20 at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.,was rained out. The Los Angeles Times reported that Nissan executives were upset that the company still must foot its portion of the purse.
Nissan spokesman Fred Standish would not confirm that report. He says this year's tournament was the first shortened by rain in the 18 years Nissan has sponsored the event.
"Obviously, we would have preferred there not be any rain," Standish says. "We have had a pretty good history over the run of this tournament."
Standish would not say whether Nissan had insured itself against the curtailment of this year's tournament. Nissan's four-year contract with the tournament host committee expires next year, he says.
Combs says Nissan has not contacted the PGA Tour to end or change the contract.
The Chrysler Division has sponsored PGA tournaments for more than 40 years. A Chrysler spokeswoman says the automaker always buys insurance and includes "make-good" provisions in its contracts to protect itself if a tournament is truncated.
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