SÃO PAULO, Brazil—After the usual mid-season break, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica is ready to resume the season, starting with the São Paulo Golf Club Championship. The 10th event of 2018 will also mark the fourth of five legs of the Bupa Challenge, a competition that will reward the player who earns the most money in these tournaments with a U.S. $10,000 bonus.
DATES: September 10-16, 2018
OFFICIAL NAME: São Paulo Golf Club Championship
HASHTAGS: #SPGCChampionship #BupaChallenge
SCHEDULE: 10th of 17 official events on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica this season
VENUE: São Paulo Golf Club – São Paulo, Brazil
ORDER OF MERIT: Winner earns $31,500 from a $175,000 purse
CUT: Top-55 players and ties
THE TOURNAMENT: The São Paulo Golf Club Championship is a new event that brings the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica for the second time to São Paulo, Brazil. For this inaugural edition, the nine champions who won in the first half of the season have confirmed their participation.
THE CITY: With more than 22 million inhabitants (metropolitan area), São Paulo is the most-populated city in Latin America. It is the financial center of Brazil and what many consider the most conducive place to do business in the entire region. The city is also considered a favorite by tourists from around the world. The year the Ministry of Tourism estimates that 11.5 million people will visit the city.
The weather of São Paulo is considered subtropical, with an average annual temperature of 19 degrees Celsius. The hottest month is February, with an average temperature of 22, while July is considered the coldest month, at an average of 16. Located near the sea, coastal winds are a constant in the city, causing increased humidity levels in the metropolitan area.
THE GOLF COURSE: São Paulo Golf Club measures 6,574 yards and is a par-71 (35-36).
Located in Santo Amaro, the São Paulo Golf Club was designed by Stanley Thompson and redesigned by Robert Trent Jones II. Built toward the end of the 19th century, this is the oldest golf club in Brazil. Numerous legends of the game have played on the course, including World Golf Hall of Fame members Roberto De Vicenzo, Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead and Ireland’s Padraig Harrington.
Between 2000 and 2001, São Paulo Golf Club was the host of the European Tour’s São Paulo Brazil Open. From 2013 to 2016, the club hosted the Web.com Tour’s Brasil Champions.
72-HOLE RECORD: 259, Jon Curran, U.S. (2014)
18-HOLE RECORD: 61, Jon Curran, U.S. (2014)