Men’s professional golf returns to Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail tour to be played at RTJ golf course in Prattville

PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Men’s professional golf is returning to Prattville’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Tour announced on Wednesday.

The tournament is slated to take place the week of April 15th through the 21st with 156 players competing for a $550,000 purse, according to Professional Golf Association (PGA) TOUR.

“We are excited to once again partner with the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail as we deliver a tremendous new event on the Tour,” said Tour President Alex Baldwin. “The Senator Course has a wonderful history on our Tour and in our sport, and we are confident that the passionate golf fans in Alabama will enjoy the opportunity to get up close to the game’s next wave of PGA TOUR stars.”

Tournament week will feature player practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday, with a pro-am slated for Wednesday. The first official round of play will begin on Thursday, with the field cut to the low 65 players and ties following Friday’s second round. The final two rounds of play will be contested on Saturday and Sunday, with a trophy ceremony immediately following the conclusion of the tournament.

With 50 available PGA TOUR cards for the following season, the Tour is the path to the PGA TOUR. Twenty-five TOUR cards are reserved for the leading points earners at the end of the 24-event Regular Season. Another 25 are up for grabs at the three-event Tour Finals that follow the Regular Season in August and September, PGA TOUR officials say.

This announcement marks Tour’s 11th partnership with the RTJ Golf Trail. RTJ hosed the tour championships from 1997 to 2005 at four different properties including the Senator Course each of the final five years.

The Symetra Tour’s Guardian Championship has been played on the Senator Course for the past two years, with the 2019 event slated for September 20th through the 22nd. LPGA tournaments were played on the Senator Course between 2007 and 2016, producing winners such as Lorena Ochoa, Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis and Ariya Jutanugarn.

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Championship replaces the Tour’s El Bosque Mexico Championship by INNOVA this season, which was recently cancelled due to the gas crisis affecting Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, which opened in 1992, features 468 holes of golf across 11 sites in Alabama.

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