Unusually, the event will be played Sunday through Wednesday, in an attempt to gain more television viewers. The tournament has a 132-player field and a $600,000 purse, with the winner of receiving a $108,000 first-place prize.
The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic is played at Abaco Club, a resort and real estate development owned and managed by Southworth Development. The links-style course plays along Winding Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Darren Clarke is a resident.
“All of us at Southworth Development, along with the residents, members and staff of The Abaco Club, are thrilled to be hosting this exciting new event – The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic,” said David Southworth, Founder and CEO of Southworth Development. “We’re certain that the Web.com Tour players are going to enjoy the many challenges presented by this unique, Scottish-style tropical links course – just as spectators and viewers on Golf Channel are going to love watching these great players compete on it. There’s really nothing else like this course in the world of golf, just as there’s no place in the world quite like The Abaco Club. The first annual Bahamas Great Abaco Classic is going to be a special event in every way, and we can’t wait for the first tee shot to be struck.”
The other Web.Com Tour tournament in the Bahamas is the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay. The tournaments are sponsored by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.
“We are very pleased to host these two PGA TOUR-sanctioned events while showcasing the beauty and diversity of The Islands of The Bahamas,” said Minister of Tourism, Obie Wilchcombe. “Golf in The Bahamas is unlike anywhere else because of our top-notch hospitality and striking blue waters. Our islands have always been a favorite playground for many of the world’s top golfers and we are now looking forward to becoming a destination of choice among professionals on the Web.com Tour.”
A list of Bahamas Great Abaco Classic winners follows:
Bahamas Great Abaco Classic Winners