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Colorado retirement firm to sponsor former U.S. Open champion – Denver Business Journal

On the eve of the 123rd annual U.S. Open, a Colorado-based retirement service provider said it will be sponsoring 2012 Open champion Webb Simpson.

Empower Retirement of Greenwood Village, a unit of Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company, said Simpson signed a multi-year marketing partnership deal, with terms not disclosed.

Simpson, 32, of Charlotte, North Carolina, won the 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco by one stroke. He currently is ranked No. 11 in FedEx PGA tour points and won this year’s PGA Players Championship event in Florida.

"Webb Simpson is a talented competitor focused on excelling at the very highest level of his sport. He’s a great partner for Empower and we wish him continued success," said Edmund F. Murphy III, president, Empower Retirement, in a statement.

Simpson will begin his U.S. Open play on Thursday, teeing off at 10:25 a.m. (Mountain Time) along with Lucas Glover and Graeme McDowell at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York. TV viewers will see Empower Retirement’s logo on Simpson’s shirt throughout the PGA season.

The last time the U.S. Open was played in Colorado was in 1978, when Andy North won by one stroke at Cherry Hills Country Club.

Cherry Hills also hosted two previous U.S. Opens: Arnold Palm won the U.S. Open at Cherry Hills in 1960 and Ralph Guldahl won in 1938.

2018 Denver-Area Private Golf Courses

Ranked by Back tee USGA rating as of Feb. 1, 2018

Rank Business name Back tee USGA rating as of Feb. 1, 2018 1 Castle Pines Golf Club 76.0 2 Colorado Golf Club 75.5 3 Columbine Country Club 75.4 View This List

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