PGA Tour upgrades status of Dominican Republic tournament

Web.com Tour's Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship elevated to PGA Tour.

PGA Tour upgrades status of Dominican Republic tournament

Golf’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic has been upgraded to PGA Tour status for next year.

The tournament, which currently serves as a stop on the Web.com Tour, the PGA Tour’s developmental circuit, will debut on the elite series in March 2018.

Offering 300 FedExCup points and a prize purse of at least US$3 million, the tournament will take place from 19th to 25th March, the same week as the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The tournament’s upgraded status comes as part of a four-year agreement between the PGA Tour and Grupo Puntacana, the real estate company which owns and operates the Puntacana Resort & Club in the Dominican Republic’s La Altagracia Province.

“We are extremely pleased to have this unique opportunity to elevate an outstanding tournament from the Web.com Tour to the PGA Tour,” said Andy Pazder, the PGA Tour’s chief tournament and competitions officer.

“With the tournament structure in place and a world-class golf course and resort in the Dominican Republic, the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship presents an exciting new playing alternative for our members. We look forward to working with Grupo Puntacana toward the debut in 2018.”

This year’s event will be held for the second time on the Web.com Tour from 1st to 7th May.