The Web.com Tour, in conjunction with The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and bd Global, LLC, last week announced two new events in The Bahamas for its 2017 season. The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic will be contested at Sandals Emerald Bay the week of January 5-11, while The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic will be held at The Abaco Club the week of January 19-25. Each will feature a 132-player field and $600,000 purse, with the winner receiving a $108,000 first-place prize.
The two events will include tournament rounds contested Sunday through Wednesday—a new schedule for 2017 Web.com events—with all rounds broadcast live on Golf Channel. The unprecedented television format will allow for the conclusion of the event prior to the start of that week’s PGA TOUR stop.
“Bahamas Tourism Minister Wilchcombe challenged us with his vision to showcase the “Out Islands” through sports,” Downing said. “We are very excited to bring PGA TOUR golf to the Bahamas which will serve to drive economic activity to both islands, provide a strong television platform for future travel and help the Minister continue to brand the entire Bahamas as a global golf destination.”
The event will kick off the Web.com Tour’s 28th season. Twenty-five PGA TOUR cards will be awarded at the conclusion of the Regular Season, with an additional 25 awarded at the season-ending, four-event Web.com Tour Finals.