PGA TOUR players participate in special pro-am event in Puerto Rico
The Puerto Rico Open will return as an official PGA TOUR event in 2019 and 2020
March 01, 2018
- March 01, 2018
- The Puerto Rico Open will return as a four-day, official PGA TOUR event in 2019 and also in 2020. (Michael Cohen/Getty)
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – PGA TOUR players will join LPGA stars and Puerto Rican athletes and celebrities for a special, unofficial PGA TOUR event in Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Open Charity Pro-Am, this March 2-3, 2018. Held at TPC Dorado Beach, one of the Island’s 13 championship courses, the event and the destination’s readiness will be featured in a one-hour Golf Channel special airing March 20 at 8 p.m. ET, showcasing the Caribbean’s premier golf destination and home of the PGA TOUR’s Puerto Rico Open.
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, thanks to the renewed sponsorship commitment from the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC).
"The Island is open for Tourism and to be able to host this event is indicative of that, particularly because Puerto Rico is a premier destination for golf in the Caribbean,” said Puerto Rico Tourism Company's Acting Executive Director, Carla Campos. “We are very pleased to have formalized an agreement with the PGA TOUR for the 2019 and 2020 Puerto Rico Open, as one of many initiatives that shows our commitment, along with Governor Ricardo Rosselló's administration, to hosting renowned events on the Island for residents and visitors to enjoy.”
The special pro-am will be a celebration of golf in Puerto Rico with a goal to raise $500,000 for Puerto Rico non-profits across the Island. The event has already received a $50,000 donation from 10-time PGA TOUR winner Bubba Watson, who planned to participate before he qualified for the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship after winning the Genesis Open. A number of other PGA TOUR tournaments have also contributed, with more expected to come.
“We are thrilled to be hosting a special event this year,” said David H. Chafey, Board Chairman of the Puerto Rico Open. “We are thankful for all the support from the PGA TOUR, professional players, valued sponsors and celebrity friends to help us reach our fundraising goal that will support local non-profit organizations. Looking ahead, we are excited to come back as an official PGA TOUR event in 2019.”
The event will feature past Puerto Rico Open champions D.A. Points (2017), George McNeill (2012) and Derek Lamely (2010). Puerto Rico’s own Rafael Campos, who plays on the Web.com Tour, will lend his support, alongside Maria Torres, who became the first Puerto Rican player to earn an LPGA TOUR card. Other players in attendance include Marc Turnesa, Julian Etulain, Brad Fritsch, Robert Gamez and Andres Romero, and from the LPGA, Belen Mozo, Giulia Molinaro, Cheyenne Woods, Amanda Blumenherst, Paula Reto, Veronica Felibert, Mariajo Uribe and Paola Moreno.
The event will kick-off with a celebrity pro-am on Friday featuring an all-star line-up of former Major League Baseball players including Hall of Famer Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Baerga, Carlos Delgado, Jose Guzman, Placido Polanco and Benji Gil. Puerto Rican actor Raymond Arrieta and former professional boxer Miguel Cotto will also participate in the celebrity portion.
Puerto Rico, which officially opened for Tourism December 20, 2017, 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 13 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.
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ABOUT PUERTO RICO TOURISM COMPANY
The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), founded in 1970, is a public corporation responsible for stimulating, promoting and regulating the development of the tourism industry. It markets Puerto Rico as a tourism destination through advertising, public relations and promotional activities; promotes tourism among visitors and local residents; provides visitor orientation and technical assistance to investors; evaluates tourism facilities and establishes standards of quality; and regulates and oversees gaming operations. PRTC has offices and representatives in the U.S. mainland, Canada, Europe and Latin America.