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PGA TOUR, SENIOR TOUR AND LPGA READY FOR HISTORIC BATTLE; FLOYD, RODRIGUEZ, MOCHRIE COMPLETE TEAMS FOR WENDY'S THREE-TOUR CHALLENGE

 PGA TOUR, SENIOR TOUR AND LPGA READY FOR HISTORIC BATTLE;
 FLOYD, RODRIGUEZ, MOCHRIE COMPLETE TEAMS
 FOR WENDY'S THREE-TOUR CHALLENGE
 DUBLIN, Ohio, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Raymond Floyd, Chi Chi Rodriguez and Dottie Mochrie round out the nine top players representing the PGA Tour, Senior PGA Tour and LPGA who will compete for professional golf's bragging rights in the Wendy's Three-Tour Challenge.
 The historic, 18-hole event will take place on Sept. 1 when representatives of the three tours face each other for the first time in head-to-head competition. ABC Network television will broadcast the event on Dec. 26-27.
 Floyd joins Masters champion Fred Couples and U.S. Open champion Tom Kite on the PGA Tour Team. Rodriguez teams up with Jack Nicklaus, who has won senior golf's four majors, and U.S. Open champion Larry Laoretti. Mochrie, who captured the season's first major at the Nabisco Dinah Shore Invitational, joins Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez and U.S. Women's Open champion Patty Sheehan on the LPGA Team.
 "The Wendy's Three-Tour Challenge will be the final event before I become eligible for the senior circuit," said Floyd who captured the 1992 Doral Ryder Open and ranks second in all-around scoring on the PGA Tour this year. "Fred, Tom and I have played on the same teams before, but this is the first time ever that we have competed against the other tours."
 With the proceeds benefiting the cause of adoption, the Wendy's Three-Tour Challenge features a $650,000 purse and will be played Sept. 1 at the New Albany Country Club outside Columbus, Ohio. Rules officials from each tour will referee the competition, and the yardage for the different tees will be based on the average length of each tour's courses.
 "We've got the best golf talent today with their personal pride on the line," said Tournament Chairman Jim Near. "It should be one of the most-watched golfing events of the year."
 "We are noticing a ground-swell of interest, inside and outside of the sport, as to which tour will defeat the others," said ABC Sports producer Terry Jastrow, who will produce and direct the telecast. "As the event evolves, the competition and incentive to win is becoming more intense. There's a lot more at stake than prize money."
 The nine players were selected based on major championship performance. Play will be in threesomes, and the tour team with the lowest total stroke-play total will capture the Wendy's Three-Tour Challenge.
 Floyd has notched 22 career victories including Masters, U.S. Open and PGA Championships. Having won three times so far on tour this year, Couples captured his first Masters in April to bring his career total to nine. Kite is not only the reigning U.S. Open champion, but leads the all-time money list on the PGA Tour.
 As a crowd favorite across all tours, Rodriguez ranks third on this year's senior money list and has claimed 20 victories on the Senior PGA Tour including two grand slam events. Nicklaus, who joined the senior ranks three years ago, has won five of the 12 events in which he has competed. Laoretti became one of the top players in the senior ranks when he defeated the toughest field this year and captured the U.S. Senior Open title.
 At age 26, Mochrie is the youngest competitor in the Wendy's Three- Tour Challenge, but has emerged as one of the top LPGA players this year with three victories already. U.S. Open Champion Patty Sheehan has also won three times on tour this year and needs just one more victory to qualify for the elite LPGA Hall of Fame. Lopez, who has accumulated 44 titles in her 16 years as a professional, has captured the LPGA Championship on three occasions.
 "It's an honor to represent the LPGA Team and play with the caliber of players in this event," said Mochrie. "I grew up watching Nicklaus and Lopez as role models and heroes of the game, and now I will be playing with them. I will be nervous, but I'll be ready to play." TOURNAMENT PASSES AVAILABLE
 A limited number of tickets to the Wendy's Three-Tour Challenge are being sold to ensure a close-up view of the players. Admission is a $75 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Lunch, refreshments and parking are included, along with the unique opportunity to see nine of the best golfers in America playing on the Jack Nicklaus designed New Albany Country Club Golf Course. Tickets are currently on sale at the Wendy's International Headquarters, 4288 West Dublin- Granville Road. Cash or checks accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To order by phone, call Ticket-Master at 614-431-3600.
 WENDY'S THREE-TOUR CHALLENGE FINAL TEAMS
 PGA TOUR SENIOR PGA TOUR LPGA
 1. Fred Couples Jack Nicklaus Nancy Lopez
 2. Tom Kite Larry Laoretti Patty Sheehan
 3. Raymond Floyd Chi Chi Rodriguez Dottie Mochrie
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 /CONTACT: Susan Kosling of Wendy's International, 614-764-3327/ CO: Wendy's International ST: Ohio IN: FOD SU:


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