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Sponsor change: 'Bye Nationwide, Hello Web.com
Say farewell to the Nationwide Tour, and prepare to welcome the Web.com Tour, the PGA announced Wednesday.

With a revenue now exceeding $500 million and a customer base of 3 million, the company has agreed a 10-year deal with the PGA to be the sponsor of its developmental tour.

Web.com is a provider of internet services and online marketing solutions and was founded in 1997 and is based in Jacksonville, Fla.

"It's OK that you don't know the `Web.com' name. That's by design," chief executive David Brown said. "We've been a very quiet company up to this point. But we believe that mass adoption of the internet by small businesses is happening now, so now we think it's the time to strike."

Web.com will become the fifth sponsor of the primary path for players to reach the PGA Tour. They follow the Hogan Tour in 1990, the Nike Tour, the Buy.com Tour in 2000 and until most famously Nationwide took over in 2003 and became synonymous with the PGA minor leagues.

"They are a company that has no conflicts among title sponsors on this tour," PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem explained.

"They're a company that's well-positioned. They're in a growth mode. Because they deal with literally millions of small businesses around the United States, they are a company that's interested in every single market in this country."

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