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  • PGA TOUR Latinoamérica moves season-ending tournament to Doral, Florida

    Trump® National Doral’s Golden Palm Course will provide challenging test to Tour’s top-60 players

  • José de Jesús Rodríguez, who just joined the PGA TOUR for the 2918-19 season, claimed 2017 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Player of the Year honors last year in Miami. (Enrique Berardi/PGA TOUR)
    José de Jesús Rodríguez, who just joined the PGA TOUR for the 2918-19 season, claimed 2017 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Player of the Year honors last year in Miami. (Enrique Berardi/PGA TOUR)
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  • PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida—PGA TOUR Latinoamérica has held its last two season-ending tournaments in South Florida, and that will continue as the Tour announced that Trump® National Doral’s Golden Palm Course will host the Latinoamérica Tour Championship-Shell Championship, a limited-field event featuring the top-60 money winners, to conclude the 2018 season. The tournament is set for November 29-December 2.

    The move to Doral, Florida, keeps the event in this part of the Sunshine State and allows the tournament to maintain its ties to The First Tee of Miami as a charitable recipient and sponsor.

    “We are very happy that we will continue playing the Latinoamérica Tour Championship-Shell Championship in South Florida, and Doral is a tremendous community that we know will open its arms to our players and this tournament,” said Jack Warfield, President, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. “It’s exciting to go to a well-known, challenging site such as Trump® National Doral’s Golden Palm Course. With all the storylines during the final week of the season as players battle for Order of Merit position, the Golden Palm Course will be a terrific place for all of us to watch the drama unfold.”

    The South Florida Golf Foundation (SFGF) will be PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s operating partner for the tournament, which will invite the top-60 players from the Order of Merit through the 113 VISA Open de Argentina presentado por Macro that concludes November 18. The SFGA, no stranger to PGA TOUR golf, will also provide sponsorship support. The SFGA served as a host partner for many years when the PGA TOUR made its annual visit to Doral for official events over four decades, dating back to 1962.

    “The South Florida Golf Foundation is very excited in partnering up once again with the TOUR through the Latinoamerica TOUR Championship-Shell Championship. It will be great to be back at our home, Trump® National Doral, South Florida’s home of golf,” said JR Steinbauer, President of SFGF.

    “We are looking forward to welcoming the best talent on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica to Trump® National Doral when they take on the Golden Palm for their final event of the season. The golf course is in impeccable shape and ready to challenge many of the best players in the world. As to the spectator experience, there is nothing like the hospitality of the famed Trump Doral,” said Eric Trump, Executive Vice President of The Trump Organization.

    Golden Palm Doral
    The Golden Palm Course at Trump® National Doral. (Photo by Trump® National Doral)

    The Tour’s season-ending, limited-field event dates to 2015 when it was held at the TPC Dorado Beach Resort in Dorado, Puerto Rico, before moving to the Melreese Country Club – International Golf Links in Miami for the final two years. The tournament will likely play a role deciding which players finish inside the top five on the Order of Merit and earn 2019 Web.com Tour membership.

    “On behalf of Sunshine Gasoline Distributors and Shell, I am pleased that we are able to further our partnership with the PGA TOUR and The First Tee Miami Dade and celebrate another Latinoamérica Tour Championship-Shell Championship,” said Max Alvarez. “To be able to keep the event in South Florida was very important to all of us, and we look forward to seeing a new champion at Trump® National Doral.”

    “We are excited that PGA TOUR Latinoamérica has decided to keep the Latinoamérica Tour Championship-Shell Championship in South Florida. We are proud to have partnered with PGA TOUR Latinoamérica in 2016 to bring the Latinoamérica Tour Championship-Shell Championship to Miami and are happy that The First Tee of Miami will continue to support and be a beneficiary of the Shell Championship at Trump® National Doral,” said Charlie DeLucca of The First Tee of Miami.

    The Golden Palm course, which originally opened in 1967, received a complete renovation from noted architect Gil Hanse, who designed the Olympic Golf Course in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The Olympic Golf course hosted the golf competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2016 and 2017 Brazil Opens, part of the official PGA TOUR Latinoamérica schedules in those seasons.

    Hanse’s redesign included design elements similar to the Blue Monster, giving it wide-open vistas and unique-style bunkers. The par-72 course that can play just a bit longer than 7,000 yards, reopened in 2015. The Golden Palm was the site of the 1999 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament, won by Blaine McCallister. For more than 50 years, the PGA TOUR made an annual stop at Doral, with all the tournaments played at the famed Blue Monster, a sister course to the Golden Palm.