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American Express renews long-term USGA partnership

Payment card provider American Express and the US Golf Association have sealed a long-term extension of their commercial partnership.

The length of the multi-year renewal was not disclosed. The two parties have been partners for the past 10 years, with American Express having been unveiled as the USGA’s first corporate partner in 2007.

The deal has been announced ahead of the start of the 2016 edition of the US Open, which is operated by the USGA and gets underway on Thursday at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania.

American Express will activate the partnership by allowing fans to take part in virtual competitions on the fourth, eighth and final hole at the course.

American Express will also provide personal radios to allow card members to follow coverage while on-site at the championship.

The card provider is also the presenting partner of live streaming coverage of the tournament at USOpen.com.