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Report: AT&T To End Byron Nelson Championship Sponsorship

Report: AT&T To End Byron Nelson Championship Sponsorship

First reported by Golfweek (opens in new tab), AT&T, who sponsor both the Pebble Beach Classic and Byron Nelson Championship, have reportedly asked out of its sponsorship of the Byron Nelson after this year.

However, in another twist, it was reportedly stated by multiple sources that Raytheon Technologies, who are an aerospace and defense company, was set to take over the Byron Nelson but PGA Tour Commissioner, Jay Monahan, stopped the deal after it was revealed that Raytheon had sold missiles to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund backs the LIV Golf League, who are currently involved in a courtroom battle with the PGA Tour.

A flag with AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am flies in the wind

AT&T have sponsored the Pebble Beach Pro-Am since 1986

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One tournament director, who spoke about the potential deal, stated that: “The optics were not good. I give Jay credit for stepping in and making the right call,” with the decline due to the fact that, in August, the US State Department approved the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia. 


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