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November 10, 2020
Japan Golf Tour Organization
Tokyo, Japan — Sony Corporation today announced that it has decided to provide the exemption spots it holds as a title sponsor of PGA TOUR 2021 Sony Open in Hawaii,*1 which is to be held in Oahu, Hawaii, in the U.S., to Japan Golf Tour Organization (JGTO). Many Japan Golf Tour events sponsored and managed by JGTO have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making it extremely difficult to invite players from overseas and to send players to participate in overseas tours. By providing these exemption spots, Sony hopes to support JGTO tour members' endeavors to compete on the global stage.
Hiroshi Kawano, Senior Vice President of Sony Corporation, expressed Sony's hopes, saying, "As a creative entertainment company with a solid foundation of technology, we want to deliver great inspiration to people around the world even while the entire globe faces unprecedented challenges. We are delighted to provide these exemption spots to support JGTO tour members who want to play at the global level."
Isao Aoki, Chairman of Japan Golf Tour Organization, welcomed the announcement and said, "As JGTO has been forced to cancel or postpone this year's tournaments, We are very grateful for this opportunity to provide JGTO tour members with the chance to play in this tournament. Players who are eligible for this tournament will have the chance to compete at the global level, and We hope they make the most of this opportunity. I personally have very fond memories of the Hawaiian Open, the predecessor to the Sony Open in Hawaii, and I will be cheering on the players in this tournament from the bottom of my heart."
Sony has sponsored the Sony Open in Hawaii continuously since 1999. Every year, all proceeds from this event are channeled back into the Hawaiian community through partner Friends of Hawaii Charities, supporting children, women, the elderly, and the economically disadvantaged, and this will be continued even during this COVID-19 crisis. With a total of approximately $20 million donated to over 350 charities, the tournament is the largest charity sports event in Hawaii. This year, in recognition of 22 years of Sony Open proceeds being donated*5 to support the advancement of the people and culture of Hawaii, the Japan-America Society of Hawaii will present Sony with the Bridge Award, which honors corporations and individuals for promoting and understanding the friendship between Hawaii and Japan.