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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson will be home to the Champions Tour event March 16-22, 2015.

It will be called the Tucson Classic.

With match play facing an uncertain future, the Tucson Conquistadors have been able to secure a two year deal with the PGA TOUR with a $1.7 million dollar purse. 

There is no title sponsor for the event yet "but we are talking to a handful of possibilities," says Conquistadors Executive Director Judy McDermott.

The Champions Tour is made up of professional golfers 50 years of age and older.

For many, this will be a homecoming.

"To have the senior champions back on a course they played years ago, it's very special," says Omni General Manager Tom Kermabon.

The Omni Tucson National golf course has hosted 30 professional events.

Even though its been eight years since the golfers left the Omni for Dover Mountain, the course should be ready next March.

"We've always kept our course in tournament shape," Kermabon says.

The golfers who come to this tournament will be the names many Tucson golfers grew up with.

Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Freddie Couples and Fuzzy Zoeller to name a few.

"Everything we've learned about the Champions Tour is that the all the players are very laid back," says Conquistadors President John Webster. "They're very willing to engage with the community."

The atmosphere is likely to be more relaxed than most tournaments in the past.

"I think if you've got your heart set on a photo, you're probably going to get it," Webster says.

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