Mississippi Gulf Coast Tournament Returns as Rapiscan Systems Classic
BILOXI, Miss. (February 2018) –The Mississippi Gulf Coast’s longstanding PGA TOUR Champions event returns to MGM Resorts International’s Fallen Oak March 19-25 as the 2018 Rapiscan Systems Classic.
The newly-named Rapiscan Systems Classic signed a three-year agreement and Fallen Oak, the Tom Fazio-designed Mississippi masterpiece, is ready to welcome back the legends of the game.
“We’re excited to have the PGA TOUR Champions event back at Fallen Oak for the next three years,” said Fallen Oak Director of Golf Rick Gehr. “Whenever you combine the legends of the game and a premier facility like Fallen Oak you create a memorable week for our staff, as well as the gulf coast community.  The three-year commitment by Rapiscan Systems, along with the many contributing sponsors, will help continue the great charitable works that comes from this event.”
Fallen Oak is one of only two courses built by MGM Resorts International for its guests, joining the heralded Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, Nevada. The legendary Tom Fazio designed golf course was structured around the idea of preserving the natural landscape of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
“Fallen Oak is honored to host the PGA TOUR Champions. The course is in great shape for the professional and amateur players to enjoy,” said Director of Grounds Matt Hughes. “We’ve been through some of the most dramatic weather conditions in southern Mississippi this past year in regards to record precipitation and extreme temperatures.  Despite these weather conditions, Fallen Oak is poised to have another great event.”
The Rapiscan Systems Classic will be the third PGA TOUR-sanctioned event to be held annually in Mississippi, joining the PGA TOUR’s Sanderson Farms Championship and the Web.com Tour’s North Mississippi Classic. Mississippi is one of just five states to host an annual tournament on all three Tours. The purse for the Rapiscan Systems Classic is $1.6 million ($240,000 to winner) and 78 PGA TOUR Champions players will compete in the three-day, 54-hole stroke play competition. Each year, the tournament puts the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the national spotlight with three days of coverage on the Golf Channel.
Over the past eight years, the annual PGA TOUR Champions tournament at Fallen Oak has been one of the most exciting stops on the schedule, producing champions such as Tom Lehman (2011), World Golf Hall of Fame member Fred Couples (2012), David Frost (2015) and Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, who successfully defended his 2016 title to shoot -13 in 2017.
General admission tickets are free and available through http://rapiscansystemsclassic.com. For more information on PGA TOUR Champions, visit PGATOUR.com.
Thursday, March 22
7:00 a.m. – Gates open
7:00 a.m. - Pro-Am, Fallen Oak
Birdies for the Brave Honorary Caddie Program
Friday, March 23
First Responders Day
Patriots Pavilion open to First Responders and Military, 9th Green
9:00 a.m. – Gates open
9:40 a.m. – Opening Ceremony - #1 Tee
10:00 a.m. - First Round, #1 and #10 Tees
9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. – Golf Channel Telecast
Saturday, March 24
Family Day
Patriots Pavilion open to First Responders and Military, 9th Green
10:00 a.m. – Gates open
11:00 a.m. – Second Round, #1 and #10 Tees
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Golf Channel Telecast
Sunday, March 25
Military Appreciation Day
10:00 a.m. – Gates open
11:00 a.m. – Final Round, #1 and #10 Tees
Awards Presentation – Immediately Following Conclusion of Play, 18th green
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Golf Channel Telecast

About PGA TOUR Champions
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golf’s most recognizable and accomplished players, age 50 and older, including 35 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back and generate significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities. In 2017, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 26 tournaments in 18 states, Japan, Wales and Canada, with purses totaling more than $55 million. The Charles Schwab Cup is used to determine the season-long champion. All events are televised in the U.S. with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel. Internationally, telecasts air in excess of 190 countries, reaching more than 330 million potential households.
About Fallen Oak
Joining the heralded Shadow Creek as the only golf courses built by MGM Resorts International for its guests, Fallen Oak is located on a 510-acre tract at the edge of the DeSoto National Forest. Stretching to a hearty 7,487 yards from the back tees, Fallen Oak offers golfers five sets of tees and strategic play options as each hole winds through ever-changing terrain and environments. Fallen Oak is available exclusively for guests of Beau Rivage. Greens fees for this elite golf experience are $200. To make reservations, call (877) 805-4657 or visit www.beaurivage.com.
About Rapiscan Systems
Rapiscan Systems, a division of OSI Systems, Inc., is a leading global supplier of security inspection solutions utilizing advanced threat identification techniques. The company’s products are sold into the following market segments: Baggage and Parcel Inspection; Cargo and Vehicle Inspection; Hold (checked) Baggage Screening; People Screening; Explosive and Narcotics Trace Detection; and Radiation Detection. The Rapiscan Systems product lines are supported by a global service network. As the world’s leading security screening provider, Rapiscan Systems provides state-of-the-art products, solutions and services to meet our customers’ most demanding threat detection needs. For more information, visit www.rapiscansystems.com.
Mary Cracchiolo Spain, MGM Resorts International, 228.386.7134, mspain@mgmresorts.com
Stewart Moore, PGA TOUR, 904.540.2765, StewartMoore@pgatourhq.com