Puerto Rico Open Debuts in 2008

Da PGAAs many here and within the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) of America, the PGA has announced that the PGA Tour will play a new tournament in Puerto Rico in the spring of 2008. The Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular will be played held March 17-23, 2008, and hosted by the Puerto Rico Golf Association at the Tom Kite-designed Coco Beach Golf & Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

The event, which has a five-year commitment, is scheduled opposite the limited field WGC-CA Championship at Doral. The announcement is apparently in response to concern expressed by some players over what they perceived as a lack of playing opportunities when the PGA Tour moved to Florida after its West Coast Swing. Essentially what this means is the golfers on the PGA Tour that are not invited to play in the WGC-CA Championship, will come to Puerto Rico to compete in the new tournCoco Beachament. Unfortunately, this probably means that some of the most elite players, most likely to include Tiger Woods, will not play in the Puerto Rico Open. Nevertheless, it is a huge achievement for the organizers of the event and should be an excellent opportunity for Puerto Rico.

The new tournament, the first full-field sanctioned PGA Tour event in Puerto Rico, will be worth 12,500 FedExCup points and have a purse of $3.5 million. The winner will earn 2,250 FedExCup points and $630,000.