The PGA Tour has a new opposite-field event against the final World Golf Championships event of the calendar year, announcing the formation of the Bermuda Championship.
Port Royal Golf Course will host the event, featuring 132 players and a purse of $3 million. The course had previously hosted from 2009-2014 the now-defunct PGA of America Grand Slam of Golf, which was a two-day, four-person exhibition reserved for the four major champions of the current year.
Bermuda Tourism Authority, the country’s official destination marketing organization, has signed a five-year agreement to be title sponsor through 2023.
The inaugural tournament will be played the same week as the WGC-HSBC Champions is held in China, from Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, 2019. It effectively replaces the Sanderson Farms Championship’s spot on the early-season schedule, as the Mississippi event opted to become a full-field PGA Tour event with a larger purse and full allocation of FedEx Cup points.
The 2019-2020 PGA Tour schedule features a month-longer fall schedule, as the PGA Tour year now runs from September through August, with the end of the FedEx Cup playoffs coming before Labor Day at the Tour Championship in Atlanta. The shifting of the schedule has forced the PGA Tour to move several events, including those at The Greenbrier and in Houston, to the fall portion of the docket.
Two open weeks remain on the new schedule in the fall, and it’s unclear if the PGA Tour will announce new events or opt to not schedule play during those weeks.