PGA Tour returns to Kentucky after nearly six decades

2018 Barbasol Championship to be played at Keene Trace Golf Club.

PGA Tour returns to Kentucky after nearly six decades

Golf’s PGA Tour has confirmed that its 2018 Barbasol Championship will be held at Keene Trace Golf Club in Kentucky.

The tournament will be played at the Nicholasville course from 19th to 22nd July, the same week as the Open Championship, one of golf’s four majors. It will continue to have a prize purse of US$3.5 million and offer 300 FedEx Cup points to the winner.  

The 2018 Barbasol Championship will be the first regular-season PGA Tour event to be played in the US state since the Kentucky Derby Open was held in Louisville in 1959. Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Grand National course had held the previous three iterations of the tournament.

“We’re back and we’re really excited,” said Andy Pazder, the PGA Tour chief tournaments and competitions officer. “Kentucky’s had a rich legacy of producing talented PGA Tour golfers Kenny Perry, Russ Cochran, Bobby Nichols, and a couple of today’s stars, JB Holmes and, of course Justin Thomas. Justin is our current FedEx Cup champion.”

Matt Bevin, the governor of Kentucky, added: “The fact that it’s expected to have an economic impact in this community of US$20 million to US$25 million is outstanding. I’m not sure they actually factored in the amount of bourbon consumption, which could make that number go up quite a bit more.”

American Grayson Murray claimed the 2017 Barbasol Championship with an overall score of -21, one shot ahead of compatriot Chad Collins.