PGA of America invites fans to become '13th Man' for Team USA

Become a '13th Man' for Team USA.

PGA of America invites fans to become '13th Man' for Team USA

The PGA of America is inviting golf fans to become a, '13th Man,' for the 2012 Ryder Cup. The new program is meant to promote fan commitment to sportsmanship and to honor Team USA.

By PGA of America

MEDINAH, Ill. -- The PGA of America is pleased to invite golf fans to show their support for the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team by becoming a "13th Man" at RyderCup.com. The 39th Ryder Cup will take place Sept. 25-30 at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club.

The "13th Man" initiative focuses on engaging U.S. golf fans and recognizing their incredible enthusiasm for the Ryder Cup, especially for the thousands of fans who won't be attending the Ryder Cup but instead will be following along passionately via broadcast coverage and social media.

"The Ryder Cup generates incredible excitement among fans, and as part of The PGA of America's commitment to growing the game of golf, we're excited to create a unifying platform for our U.S. fans that represents the true spirit of the Ryder Cup," said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. "The 13th Man is built on a foundation of sportsmanship, honor and support for Team USA."

Fans who sign-up to become a "13th Man" will receive access to exclusive content, daily e-mail updates during the Ryder Cup, special merchandise discounts and opportunities to demonstrate their "13th Man" pride online by submitting photos and using the #13thMan hashtag when tweeting about the Ryder Cup.

"I'm very proud to have the honor of leading America's best golfers in the 2012 Ryder Cup, and I'm excited to see fans across the country unite to support our U.S. team," said 2012 Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III. "Whether fans are cheering from Medinah or from their living room, their support is what makes the Ryder Cup so unique. Our players are inspired by their loyalty."

About the 2012 Ryder Cup
The Ryder Cup, among the last great professional sporting events where winning, and not prize money, is its own reward, spans 38 competitions over 85 years. The competition was born in 1927, when enterprising English seed merchant Samuel Ryder commissioned the casting of a gold trophy that bears his name. The U.S. Team defeated Great Britain, 9½ to 2½, in the inaugural matches in Worcester, Mass. The Ryder Cup, recognized as the pre-eminent international team event in golf, has since expanded to involve the finest players of Europe. The United States has posted 25 victories, Great Britain/Europe has won 11 times, and there have been two ties. Europe currently has possession of the Ryder Cup trophy, thanks to a thrilling 14½-13½ victory over the United States in October 2010 in Wales. The 39th Ryder Cup will be held Sept. 25-30 at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club.

About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.