The still unannounced event would take place the same week as the World Golf Championship tournament at Doral beginning in 2008.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Several players left Innisbrook knowing they had nowhere to play on the PGA Tour for the next two weeks. The Arnold Palmer Invitational has a limited field, and Doral is now a World Golf Championship.
According to three tour officials, plans are coming together for a tournament next year in Puerto Rico, which would be held opposite the WGC event at Doral. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been completed.
The tour has been looking at Puerto Rico for the last year and had hoped to make it part of the 2007 schedule, but it could not make arrangements for a golf course. One official said the tournament likely would be played at Coco Beach Golf & Country Club, on the northeast end of the island. A security detail went to Puerto Rico earlier this month.
The tour has provided opposite-field events ever since the WGCs were created in 1999. This year, however, the old American Express Championship (held alternately in the United States and Europe) took on a new title sponsor and was folded into Doral, leaving those outside the top 50 in the world or top 30 on the money list with no place to play.
The PGA tour’s non US stops are limited. Just to events in Mexico(a tournament that began this year), Canada and the United Kingdom. In comparison the LPGA plays in those countries plus France, Japan, Thailand and South Korea.
I’m all for a new tournament in Puerto Rico. You just have to wonder if the local senoritas will be too much of a distraction for players.(Sarcastic laughter time)
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