Punta Cana, La Altagracia, D.R. March 27, 2022.- Chad Ramey was the new champion of the 5th. edition of the Corales Puntacana Championship PGA TOUR 2022, winning the attractive sum of $666,000 dollars for obtaining the first place of a prize pool of $3.7 million dollars, the highest in the history of the sport in the Dominican Republic, and 300 points for the FedExCup .
The professional golf player received the trophy from him at an award ceremony headed by the president and CEO of Grupo Puntacana, Frank Elías Rainieri; Stephen Cox, PGA TOUR Umpire-in-Chief; the Minister of Tourism, David Collado; and the founder and president of the Grupo Puntacana Board, Frank Rainieri, in a historic tournament that concluded on the 18th hole of the Corales golf course.
The president and CEO of Grupo Puntacana, Frank Elías Rainieri, expressed: “I greatly appreciate the PGA TOUR for once again placing their trust in us and in Punta Cana as a destination to celebrate this event. To our collaborators, volunteers and sponsors, who have done an impeccable job to ensure the success and excellence of this international event in our country”.
“We applaud Grupo Puntacana and the Rainieri family for having the vision of holding a tournament of this nature, which raises the pride of the Dominican Republic. On behalf of the President of the Republic and the Dominican Government, we thank the PGA TOUR for coming to the Dominican Republic.”
Mr. Frank Rainieri presented the new champion with the traditional Corales hat and a Guayabera, emblems of the tournament. «I thank the Minister of Tourism, who has been present from the first moment, being an important ally for a fifth edition that concludes with great success», Rainieri pointed out.
For his part, Ramey, the new “King of Corals”, said: “I thank the volunteers and the Rainieri family for their hospitality and welcome. The Dominican Republic will always have a special place in my heart. I hope this is the first of many trophies on the PGA TOUR.”
The international tournament received thousands of viewers during four tournament days, was broadcast by the Golf Channel reaching more than 525 million people, reaching 153 countries, and reaching 3.4 million viewers in the United States.
Ramey’s victory: King of Corals 2022
Ramey, 29, was crowned at -17, and becomes the youngest winner of the Corales Puntacana Championship. After holding the lead in each of the first three rounds this week, Ben Martin (-16) finishes as runner-up alongside Alex Smalley (-16).
Ramey also becomes the eighth winner of the season on the PGA TOUR for the first time and third in tournament history, joining Brice Garnett (2018) and Joel Dahmen (2021).
Venezuelan Jonathan Vegas (-15) also put up a strong game on the final day of competition, finishing fourth in pursuit of his fourth PGA TOUR win and first since the 2017 RBC Canadian Open.
About the Corales golf course
Corales Puntacana Resort & Club, home to the first and only PGA TOUR Event in the Dominican Republic, was designed by world-renowned architect Tom Fazio. Opened in 2010, it is located next to the cliffs, bays, natural ocean inlets, inland lakes and coral quarries of the Caribbean Sea. It has 18 holes, six of them facing the sea and culminating with its last three holes known as the «devil’s elbow», which is positioned among the most spectacular and difficult final holes in the world.
The fifth edition of the Corales Puntacana Championship is presented under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism (MITUR), Banreservas, DOMICEM, Seguros Universal, Brugal, Texaco GB Energy, Consorcio Energético Punta Cana- Macao (CEPM), Grupo Viamar, CDN DEPORTES, Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana International Airport, The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club, Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort & Club, Aiport Team Solutions, Pollo Victorina, Autohaus, Runners Adventures, IMCA The Rental Store, BDExperience, Gray Line, Tracks, Pizza Hut, Dupla Group, Aperol Spritz, Punta Cana Medical Center, Club Car, Duty Free Americas, Constructora Llodrá, Claro, Coca Cola, Tito’s Vodka, Dominican Cigar, Freixenet Cava, Tribe & Folk, Spectro Lights On, Inprotec, Hola Punta Cana by Oscar Cerda, GULF, AVIS, Canita, Altron Trading Co, LOMO, Picky Plants, United Petroleum, United Gas, IMCA, Tu Boleta, DBI Industrial, Serviport, Café Santo Domingo, Coolekos, Hartemanía, Hartemontajes, KG Constructora, Baskin Robbins, Codelpa, Pirulin, Remix Consortium, MP Service, Caribbean Turf and Punta Cana Party.