Mexico Golf Fans Celebrate Addition To PGA Tour


- Grant Whittington

There’s a brand-new event that’s just been added to the annual PGA Tour schedule. Next year, for the very first time in the history of the golf tour, there will be a stop in Vallarta, Mexico, added to the schedule. The Mexico stop will be held from April 28 to May 1 and new betting sites are sure to offer odds for this too.

The field will consist of 132, which is to include a total of 12 sponsor exemptions as well as four players from Latin America.

As for the prize money on offer, the purse will feature a complete FedEx Cup allotment, with $7.3 million up for grabs.

A History Of Its Own

But while the Mexican Open will appear for the first time on the PGA Tour schedule in 2022, the golf event itself dates all the way back to 1944. It’s also considered the Latin American country’s national championship event.

Its upcoming inclusion as part of the tour was announced on Monday. Part of the group that announced the inclusion had been 2020 Houston Open champion Carlos Ortiz, and breakout golf player Abe Ancer.

In 2017, Mexico tournament host Grupo Salinas started partnering with the PGT Tour by staging a TOUR event in Mexico. Named the World Golf Championships – Mexico Championship, the idea had been to grow and develop in interest in the game as well as attract local talent in the country.

Adding the golf tour as an official feature on the PGA Tour is a continuation of this commitment, explained a spokesperson for Grupo Salinas this week.

Golf Is Meant For Everyone

Monday’s press conference had been well-attended. Attendees included Fernando Lemmen-Meyer, who is the president of the Mexican Golf Federation, executive vice president of Grupo Vidanta, John Norris, and Benjamin Salinas Sada, who is the vice president of the board of directors of Grupo Salinas.

Several members of the PGA Tour were also in attendance.

Speaking from Mexico City on Monday, Sada said Grupo Salinas as an organisation is honoured to help organise such a world-class golf event. He said the inclusion of the Mexico Open as part of the PGA Tour further reaffirmed the organisation’s absolute commitment towards growing the sport in the country. Sada continued by saying the event’s inclusion spreads the message of golf being meant for everyone, and not just for a select few elite athletes.

Also speaking on Monday had been PTA TOUR senior vice president of tournament business affairs, John Norris. Norris said the Tour has been working in close collaboration with Grupo Salinas, and that they’ve shown themselves to be “first class” in every sense of the term, and new betting sites and golf betting enthusiasts will agree.

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