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FOR RELEASE: March 4, 2021


Stewart Moore, PGA TOUR,

Emily Tillo, THE PLAYERS Championship,

THE PLAYERS to host essential workers and leaders serving the community during the pandemic

Complimentary tickets provided to organizations to share with personnel

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida – Although fewer tickets are available to THE PLAYERS Championship 2021, it did not stop the PGA TOUR’s flagship event in committing tickets for essential workers and leaders serving the Northeast Florida community during the pandemic. From Thursday, March 11, through Sunday, March 14, these community members will have access to hospitality venues on the famous Island Green 17th hole.

“After everything that these essential workers have gone through over the last year, collaborating with our Proud Partners to provide these heroes with access to the tournament is the very least we could do,” said Jared Rice, Executive Director of THE PLAYERS. “We have a responsibility to honor and recognize their selflessness as well as the many sacrifices they have made, and are continuing to make, during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are honored to give them a special experience at this year’s championship.”


About THE PLAYERS Championship

THE PLAYERS Championship annually combines the strongest field in golf with the world-class venue that is THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Grant Thornton LLP, Optum® and Morgan Stanley are the exclusive Proud Partners of THE PLAYERS. Proceeds from THE PLAYERS benefit Northeast Florida charities and have totaled more than $100 million since it began in 1974 and moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1977. For more on THE PLAYERS, visit For more on the surrounding areas, visit or

About Grant Thornton LLP

Founded in Chicago in 1924, Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. Grant Thornton, which has revenues in excess of $1.9 billion and operates more than 50 offices, works with a broad range of dynamic publicly and privately held companies, government agencies, financial institutions, and civic and religious organizations.

“Grant Thornton” refers to Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd (GTIL). GTIL and the member firms are not a worldwide partnership. Services are delivered by the member firms. GTIL and its member firms are not agents of, and do not obligate, one another and are not liable for one another’s acts or omissions. Please see for further details.

About Optum

Optum is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business dedicated to helping make the health system work better for everyone. With more than 180,000 people worldwide, Optum delivers intelligent, integrated solutions that help to modernize the health system and improve overall population health. Optum is part of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH). For more information, visit

About Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, wealth management and investment management services. With offices in more than 42 countries, the Firm’s employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals. For more information about Morgan Stanley, please visit