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Arnold Palmer signs on for Jacobsen's new party

Umpqua Bank Challenge also to include Cook, Crenshaw, Haas, Langer, Zoeller
by: MARCO GARCIA Peter Jacobsen (left) and Arnold Palmer have been partners in golfing events for many years, including 17 straight in Portland. Palmer plans to return in August for the new Umpqua Bank Challenge at Portland Golf Club.

The King and Jake will ride again.

Arnold Palmer will join host Portland native Peter Jacobsen and other golf stars at the first Umpqua Bank Challenge, an exhibition Aug. 28-30 at Portland Golf Club.

Palmer was the only player, other than Jacobsen, to compete in all 17 Fred Meyer Challenge tournaments, the popular best-ball event previously hosted in the Portland area by Jacobsen.

'Arnold is considered to be the greatest ambassador that golf has ever known,' Jacobsen says. 'In trying to establish the Umpqua Bank Challenge, I can't think of anyone better to have by my side. It means the world to me that he will be there."

Palmer, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, amassed 62 PGA Tour victories, including seven major championships, and 10 Champions Tour victories, including two major titles. The 81-year-old Palmer is tied with Jack Nicklaus for the record of most consecutive years (19) winning at least one tournament.

'For 17 years, I looked forward to coming to Portland and playing in The Challenge each summer,' Palmer says. 'I'm so pleased that Peter has brought back this great event, and I can't wait to be there.'

Others announced Wednesday as members of the tournament's main field: John Cook, Ben Crenshaw, Jay Haas, Bernhard Langer and Fuzzy Zoeller.

Tickets for the Umpqua Bank Challenge will go on sale May 9. Visit umpquabankchallenge.com or call 866-503-2003 for more information.