PGA TOUR to support Puerto Rico's comeback with 2018 event
Puerto Rico Open will return in 2019, extended through 2020
December 21, 2017
- The Puerto Rico Open will be held in March 2018 as an unofficial PGA TOUR event to support recovery efforts on the Island. (Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
The PGA TOUR and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) announced today that a special, unofficial PGA TOUR event will be held in Puerto Rico in March 2018 to support recovery efforts on the Island featuring PGA TOUR golfers, athletes and celebrities. In addition, with a renewed sponsorship commitment from the PRTC, the Puerto Rico Open, which celebrated 10 years of PGA TOUR golf in Puerto Rico in 2017, will return as a four-day, official PGA TOUR event in 2019 and also in 2020.
"The Puerto Rico Open has been part of the PGA TOUR for the last 10 years and our commitment to golf on the island has never been stronger," said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. "Our hope is that this special event in 2018 will benefit Puerto Rico's recovery efforts to the fullest extent, while reminding the world that Puerto Rico is a premier golf and travel destination."
In partnership with tournament officials and the PRTC, the PGA TOUR heavily considered all factors following Hurricane Maria to determine a course of action for the 2018 Puerto Rico Open and examined what would provide the greatest support and economic impact for the Island during this period of recovery. Therefore, the tournament in Puerto Rico is being reimagined as a special, unofficial PGA TOUR event to support the recovery efforts and to celebrate golf and Tourism on the Island.
"We are very pleased to have formalized an agreement with the PGA TOUR for the 2019 and 2020 Puerto Rico Open. Better yet, being able to host a special charity event this upcoming March is just what we need to show the world that the Island is open for Tourism, that we continue to be a premier destination for golf in the Caribbean, and that recovery efforts are moving forward, in alignment with Governor Ricardo Rosselló's commitment to rebuild a better and stronger Puerto Rico," said Puerto Rico Tourism Company's Executive Director, José Izquierdo.
With details being finalized in the coming weeks, the event will be held at TPC Dorado Beach and will bring together PGA TOUR players, athletes, celebrities and sponsors benefitting island charities. Since its inception, the Puerto Rico Open has supported the work of local charities and donated a record $690,000 to non-profit organizations that work with children, youth and health-related issues.
Puerto Rico is known as the premier location for golf professionals and enthusiasts in the Caribbean where golf enthusiasts travel from all over the world to play throughout the year on the Island's 20 championship golf courses. TPC Dorado Beach is home to three legendary championship golf courses. The famous East and West Golf Courses were originally designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. Dorado Beach courses are located in a private seaside sanctuary along two miles of Puerto Rico's northeastern shores, nestled within the former Rockefeller Estate's magnificent landscaping.
"The best way the Puerto Rico Open can serve the Island is by focusing our manpower this year towards hosting a special event that will benefit Puerto Ricans directly," said Chairman of the Puerto Rico Open David H. Chafey. "Our goal is to facilitate raising no less than $500,000 to donate to 20 local non-profit organizations that provide services to our people. We are committed to helping Puerto Rico recover and will be ready to host a 2019 Puerto Rico Open."
The announcement comes weeks after the Carvin School, a non-profit, college preparatory institution in Puerto Rico, received special recognition during the PGA TOUR's annual awards ceremony at Tournament Meetings on December 7. The school, which has been crucial to the success of the Puerto Rico Open since the event's inception, received financial support to help rebuild after Hurricane Maria.