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Sarazen Cup to be presented to Valderrama winner

The International Federation of PGA Tours announced Thursday that the winner of the World Golf Championships -- American Express Championship will be presented the first Gene Sarazen Cup.

TheGeneSarazenCupwill be presented at the closing ceremonies Sunday (Nov.7) at Valderrama Golf Club in Andalucia, Spain, the site of the inaugural American Express Championship.

TheGeneSarazenCupandthetrophiesforthefirst two World Golf Championshipsheldearlierthis year, were designed and produced by Wedgwood, England,a sister company of Waterford Crystal.American Jeff Maggert received theWalterHagenCupforwinningtheWorldGolf Championships -- Andersen ConsultingMatchPlay Championship in February, and countryman Tiger Woods was awardedtheGaryPlayerCupas winner of the World Golf Championships -- NEC Invitational in August.

TheAmericanExpressChampionship,a72-holestroke-playevent, gets underway Thursday.

GeneSarazen,a1974WorldGolf Hall of Fame inductee, won seven major championships,thefirst of which came in the 1922 U.S. Open at the age of 20. Shortlythereafter, he won the U.S. PGA Championship, becoming the first player towintwomajorsin the same year.He added two more U.S. PGAs in 1923 and 1933,anotherU.S.Openand an Open Championship in 1932, and the Masters in 1935.

Itwasatthat Masters, then known as the Augusta National Invitational, Sarazenauthoredoneofthemostfamousshotsingolf history, holing a four-woodshotfrom235yardsonAugustaNational'spar-five15th for a double-eagle(albatross)two.It spurred him to eventual victory and made him thefirstplayer to win all four of what would be known as golf's professional majors.He would later be joined by Player, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus.

TheSquire,ashewas known, played in six Ryder Cups.One of golf's most cherished heroes, Gene Sarazen died this summer at the age of 97.

TheGeneSarazenCupwillbeofficiallyunveiled on the first tee at Valderrama approximately 30 minutes prior to the first starting time on Thursday morning.