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By Stephanie Wei under RIP
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Gary Planos and I in 2011 at Kapalua

It is with a heavy heart that I report the golf industry has lost a true giant and friend with the death of Gary Planos. He was 62. He was a favorite among PGA Tour players for the years that he ran the Tournament of Champions. He basically helped build Kapalua into what it is today. He was found on Saturday in his home, where he’d live for over 25 years atop a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. No cause of death was given.

As longtime readers know, Gary was a very close friend of mine and I’m having trouble writing this post right now, but I wanted to pay my respects to him and note the lasting impact he had on many of our lives in the golfing world. 

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It’s been a big couple of days in sponsorship news on the PGA Tour. <<snooze alert>> I know, most of you don’t care who the title sponsor is of an event. How much does it really matter for fans, anyway?

Well, for those who do have a skin in the game, here’s the latest from the past few days: Northern Trust will sponsor its last event at Riviera Country Club next month, and going forward, the financial institution will become the title sponsor for the tournament formerly known as The Barclays, which is held annually in the New York/New Jersey area.

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