Punta Cana, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic, September 23, 2020.– The third edition of the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship PGA TOUR officially began at the Corales golf course, and within the framework of the 50th anniversary of Grupo Puntacana, host organization of the tournament.
In this third edition, the event will be held without the general public, or in the field and with the most rigorous health security measures. The prize pool will be $ 4 million, one million more than last year’s bag and the highest in the history of Dominican sport, the score for the FedExCup was increased to 500 and the winner will get a place for the Masters in April 2021.
During the event’s inaugural press conference, held at the Corales Golf Course clubhouse, the president and CEO of Grupo Puntacana, Frank Rainieri, stated that “since 2018 the tournament continues to position the Dominican Republic as the leading golf destination in the Caribbean worldwide. We are excited to once again receive a PGA TOUR at Puntacana Resort & Club and, this time, it will be an excellent platform to reopen our doors to the world and promote the Punta Cana destination ”.
Likewise, John Norris, senior vice president of Business Affairs for the PGA TOUR Tournaments, expressed that “despite the difficulties of 2020, we are excited to be back in Punta Cana for the third version of the only PGA TOUR event in the Republic. Dominicana, and celebrate it within the framework of the 50th anniversary of Grupo Puntacana. As many of you know, we had to postpone the original March date, and we appreciate the company’s flexibility in rescheduling on such short notice. We are grateful for the excellent relationship with Grupo Puntacana and look forward to an exciting Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship ”.
The tournament is the first international event of the 2020-21 PGA TOUR season and the only PGA TOUR event during that week. This year, 144 of the best players on the golf circuit are confirmed to play, including last year’s winner Graeme McDowell, as well as Jonathan Vegas, Ryan Armor, Emiliano Grillo, Bill Haas, Charley Hoffman, Charles Howell III and Pat. Pérez; among other prominent players from the United States, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, to name a few. The Dominican players who will participate in this edition are Hiram Silfa, Willy Pumarol, Julio Santos, Juan José Guerra and Marcel Olivares.
Defending Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship Champion Graeme McDowell added during the press conference: “I have wonderful memories of my time in the Dominican Republic and it is a privilege to return to defend my title. It is also gratifying to see that Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship this year has raised the level of the game with the increase in FedExCup points for the champion. ”
In closing, Henrik Stenson, FedExCup 2013 Champion, added: “I am excited about the visit to the Dominican Republic and excited to compete. I have heard many comments and good feedback from other players about the Corales Golf Course and the Puntacana Resort & Club. ”
Live broadcasts will be Thursday, September 24 and Friday, September 25, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, on Golf Channel; and Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 in primetime from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on NBC. Also, there will be daily replays of the Golf Channel outside of regular hours.
Hygiene and health protocols
The event protocol includes the mandatory use of a mask by volunteers and staff, frequent deep cleaning, and disinfectant gel stations in all tournament areas, among other measures. In addition, in order to reinforce physical distancing, the different groups and teams that develop a function will be divided by “bubble” mode.
PGA TOUR remains in constant communication with local health authorities in each market where PGA TOUR tournaments are resumed, and closely monitors the information provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). , the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Department of State regarding the evolution of Covid-19.
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 famous 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 culminates 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. Corales has been listed as the best golf course in the country and one of the 10 best in the Caribbean by 10 Best US Today Reader’s Choice 2018.
The third edition of the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship has the support of: Universal, Magna (Hyundai), Citi, Texaco (GB Energy), Airport Team Solution, CCS, CEPM, CDN Deportes, Puntacana International Airport, The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club, Puntacana Resort & Club, Tortuga, Bay, Grupo Dupla, Puntacana Medical Center, IQ Tek , Hartemontajes, Grupo Raya, Hartemanía, Constructora Llodra, Duty Free Americas, Spectro Lighting, Claro, IMCA, Grayline, JCDecaux, Tu Boleta, Estudio EG, Serviport, Coolekos, Coca Cola, Samsung, Brugal, Nestlé Impulso, Altron traiding Co, Lomo, Banreservas, Canita, Aperol Spritz, Constructora KG, United Petroleum, Nescafé Dolce Gusto, Nescafé, Club Car, PickyPlants, Inzone, Cava Alta, DBI Industrial and Pemica.-.