The PGA Tour announced on Tuesday that they are adding a new event to the 2019-20 schedule, giving Web.com Tour graduates and early-starters another opportunity to play in the fall.
The Bermuda Championship, to be held at Port Royal Golf Course in Bermuda, will be played opposite the World Golf Championship-HSBC Champions from Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2019. It will be the first official PGA Tour event to take place on the island.
The Bermuda Tourism Authority, the official destination marketing organization for the island, signed a five-year agreement, through 2023, as the title sponsor. The tournament will include 120 participants, a purse of $3 million and offer 300 FedExCup points to the champion.
There’s a new tournament coming to the PGA TOUR.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 4, 2019
“We are excited to add the Bermuda Championship to the PGA TOUR beginning next season,” Ty Votaw, Executive Vice President, International for the PGA Tour, said in the Tour’s announcement statement. “Bermuda is an appealing year-round destination, and the players will love visiting in the fall, plus we will be hosted by an outstanding golf course. It promises to be a wonderful opportunity to showcase Bermuda – a beautiful island destination that embodies genuine hospitality – to the world.”
The Port Royal Golf Course in Bermuda hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 2009-2014, an unofficial event that invited the four major champions from the previous year to the island to compete in guaranteed-money event, with $600,000 going to the winner and $200,000 going to the fourth-place finisher in the final edition.
“The Bermuda Tourism Authority is thrilled to have secured this pinnacle event in golf for Bermuda’s tourism industry and community,” said Kevin Dallas, CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority. “We’ve had our sights set on a PGA TOUR partnership because of the significant economic benefit the event itself will generate for Bermuda’s economy as well as the worldwide exposure to their audience that perfectly aligns with Bermuda’s visitor targets.”