The PGA has been campaigning to expand the game of golf around the world, hoping to gain more international appeal. While much of this focus has been on expanding into Asia and the Middle East, the Tour just agreed to add an event in the Caribbean.
It was announced that the PGA TOUR has agreed to play an event in the Dominican Republic starting in 2018. The tournament will be played in the popular vacation spot of Punta Cana and will be called The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. This will elevate the tournament from the Web.com Tour, where it is set to be played for the second time this coming May. Last year’s winner was Dominic Bozzelli.
According to the four-year agreement with the PGA, The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship will be played March 22-25th. This is the same time slot that was previously occupied by the Puerto Rico Open. While this new tournament will not get the winner into the Masters because it falls on the same week as the WGC-Dell Match Play, the winner could receive a purse upwards of $3 million.
— Puntacana Resort (@PUNTACANARESORT) April 12, 2017
As was mentioned earlier, this new championship will be replacing the Puerto Rico Open and the future of that tournament is uncertain. There are rumors that the classic event could move on the PGA schedule, lining up as an alternate event to the WGC-Mexico Championship or it could be moving to another Tour altogether. The PGA has commented to say that information about Puerto Rico will be known soon.
The PGA and the operators of the Puntacana Resort & Club are excited nonetheless that the first ever PGA event is coming to the Dominican Republic. “Hosting the very first PGA TOUR tournament in the Dominican Republic is an honor both for Puntacana Resort and Club and for the Dominican Republic itself,” said Frank Rainieri, the resort’s chairman and founder.
With this being such a young course and young event, golfers on the Web.com Tour really haven’t been tested, let alone PGA players. Because of the unfamiliarity, it should be interesting to see how well this event will play out when it debuts next year.
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