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  • The First Look: 2017 BMW Jamaica Classic

    Closing out the first half of the season, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica is all-set to sanction its first event ever in Jamaica

  • Originally designed by Hank Smedley in 1969, Cinnamon Hills was redesigned by Robert von Hagge & Rick Baril in 2001. (Photo Cinnamon Hills GC)
    Originally designed by Hank Smedley in 1969, Cinnamon Hills was redesigned by Robert von Hagge & Rick Baril in 2001. (Photo Cinnamon Hills GC)
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  • DATES: June 12-18, 2017
    OFFICIAL NAME: BMW Jamaica Classic
    HASHTAGS: #BMWJamaicaClassic #pgatourla
    SCHEDULE: 9th of 18 official events on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica this season
    VENUE: Cinnamon Hill Golf Course – Montego Bay, Jamaica
    PAR/YARDS: 72 (35-37) / 6,828
    FIELD: 144 players from 22 countries
    ORDER OF MERIT: Winner earns $31,500 dollars out of a $175,000 purse.
    FORMAT: 72-hole stroke play
    CUT: Top-55 and ties

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    THE TOURNAMENT: The BMW Jamaica Classic is a brand-new event bringing PGA TOUR Latinoamérica to Jamaica for the first time. This event is launched by Event Managers & Broadcasters SportsMax.

    THE GOLF COURSE: Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, 6,828 yards, par 72 (35-37). Originally designed by Hank Smedley, as a nine-hole course in 1969, Cinnamon Hills was redesigned by Robert von Hagge & Rick Baril in 2001.

    FIELD WATCH: Led by Tour No. 1 Nelson Ledesma of Argentina, 27 of the leading 30 players in the Order of Merit are scheduled to play... Those include six tournament winners this season. They are Ledesma, José Toledo, Tee-K Kelly, José de Jesús Rodríguez, Patrick Newcomb and Curtis Yonke... The only player inside the top-10 who did not come to Jamaica is No. 3 Brandon Matthews, who won the Molino Cañuelas Championship in Argentina earlier this season... A total of twenty-one past PGA TOUR Latinoamérica champions are scheduled to play, including five three-time winners in Jorge Fernández Valdés, Timothy O’Neal, José de Jesús Rodríguez, Rodolfo Cazaubón and Tommy Cocha.

    TEST OF DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES CONCLUDES: This will be the fourth and last PGA TOUR Latinoamérica event in which the use of distance measuring devices will be tested during competition. The PGA TOUR has been allowing the use of the devices by players and caddies, including Monday qualifiers. For TOUR has temporarily enacted a Local Rule in accordance with Decision 14-3/0.5 of The R&A/USGA Rules of Golf, which stipulates the device can be used to measure distance only (use of functions to measure slope, elevation or wind are not allowed). These tests will also include selected events on the Web.com Tour and Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada. Once the test and comprehensive evaluation is completed, the PGA TOUR will share the results with its Player Advisory Council on the PGA TOUR and the Web.com Tour for additional review and discussion.

    TELEVISION: Golf Channel Latin America will air a half hour highlight show on Monday night (June 19). Check your local TV listings for air times... Fox Sports 2 will also have a highlight show the following weekend... Later this month, the tournament will be featured on “Esto es PGA TOUR Latinoamérica,” the Tour’s official TV shows on Golf Channel Latin America, ESPN Latin America, Claro Sports and Fox Sports 2 Latin America.

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