Phoenix Resort Hosts LPGA Tournament for Second Consecutive Year

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The 2012 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup returns to Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa March 14-18.

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JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

The RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup marks its return of the LPGA to a premier Phoenix golf resort when it tees off at JW Marriott Desert Ridge's Wildfire Golf Club

The RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup marks its return of the LPGA to a premier Phoenix golf resort when it tees off at JW Marriott Desert Ridge's Wildfire Golf Club – home to both Faldo and Palmer championship courses -- March 14.

Professional female golfers from across the country will compete for a purse of $1.5 million as well as a commitment of $500,000 to the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program. The tournament will expand to a four-day, 72-hole format.

The Founders Cup will feature a special tribute to LPGA pioneers who had a major role in creating one of the most successful women’s sports organizations in history. The event will honor LPGA members Peggy Kirk Bell, Betsy Rawls, Barbara Romack and Mickey Wright for their pioneering and trailblazing spirit, as well as their exemplary participation in the development and advancement of the LPGA.

The LPGA selected JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa because of its two high caliber golf courses and ability for combining the two as well as the benefit of the event being held at the luxurious Phoenix resort rich in amenities.

Wildfire Golf Club, a multi-award winning club including "Top 75 Golf Resorts in North America" by Condé Nast, "Best Courses You Can Play" by Golfweek, "Best Resort Course in the Southwest" by Travel & Leisure Golf and certification by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program features two picturesque 18-hole courses designed by two of golf's greatest legends -- Arnold Palmer and Nick Faldo.

The RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup will feature a field of 132 players with a Pro-Am on Wednesday, March 14, the first round of play on Thursday, March 15 and final round played on Sunday, March 18. It will be nationally televised on The Golf Channel.

“We are very proud to again sponsor a superb event that showcases exceptional athletic competition, recognizes the contributions of pioneering women and supports opportunities for girls to become involved in all of the positive attributes surrounding the game,” said RR Donnelley President and CEO Thomas J. Quinlan III. “The Founders Cup reflects a deep respect for heritage and a desire to embrace innovation. These are values that we share as we look forward to an exciting RR Donnelley Founders Cup event.”

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa features 950 newly-remodeled guest rooms including 81 suites, 10 dining experiences, two-story Revive Spa, eight tennis courts and four acres of shimmering pools and waterways featuring the celebrated Lazy River with a serpentine slide, in addition to the Wildfire Golf Club.

The relaxed atmosphere of the LPGA provides a great outing for families and
avid golfers alike. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.LPGAFounders.com or by calling 1-888-LPGATIX.

AAA Four Diamond JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is set on 316 acres
in the Sonoran desert featuring sweeping views of the crimson-hued McDowell Mountains and wandering waterways that weave through the breathtaking lush oasis. Fiery Arizona sunsets and the picturesque, cactus-studded desert add to the resort's serene setting.

Located where Phoenix meets Scottsdale, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is just 20 minutes north of Sky Harbor International Airport, with easy access to Loop
101 freeway. For more information about JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa located at 5350 E. Marriott Drive in Phoenix, call 480-293-5000 or 800-835-6206. Visit http://www.marriott.com/phxdr.

About JW Marriott
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 45 JW Marriott hotels in 19 countries; by 2013 the portfolio will encompass 73 properties in 28 countries.

About Marriott International
Marriott International is a leading lodging company with more than 3,400 lodging properties in 68 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites Inn and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, The Ritz-Carlton Residences and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland USA, and had approximately 137,000 employees at 2009 yearend. It is recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the best companies to work for, and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Partner of the Year since 2004. In fiscal year 2009, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $11 billion. For more information, please visit our web site at http://www.marriott.com.

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