Minister in talks to bring golf tournament to Bermuda

  • Perfect host: Joe Carr

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Bermuda could once again provide the backdrop for a high-profile tournament.

Zane DeSilva, the Minister of Social Development and Sport, has confirmed that he is involved in meetings over the possibility of bringing the PGA Tour Champions to the island.

“I did meet with Patrick Horgan III [the former Champions Tour player] regarding possibly holding a Champions Tour event here in Bermuda,” the minister told The Royal Gazette. “We didn’t talk in great detail but have agreed to meet further to look at the possibility.

“If all goes well, I will be meeting with him on Sunday. If we could pull this off, it would be a fantastic boost for Bermuda.”

The PGA Tour Champions boasts some of the finest players ever to play the game, including PGA Tour major winners John Daly, Sir Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Vijay Singh and Hale Irwin.

The tour was formed in 1980 and is reserved for players over 50. It was originally referred to as the Senior PGA Tour until October 2002 when it was renamed the Champions Tour through to 2015, and has since been called PGA Tour Champions.

“It would be a great golf tournament and a great thing for the island,” said frequent Bermuda visitor Joe Carr, who has made several appearances at that level. “You have great players out there like Bernhard Langer, Miguel Ángel Jiménez and John Daly.

“You have all these big names everyone is familiar with and they are just great players. They love golf here and these guys are great golfers. I played a few tournaments back in my younger senior days and it’s a great experience. Great-calibre golf and people get to see the island on national television; it’s a win-win situation.”

Bermuda has already proven that it is capable of hosting major golf tournaments, having successfully hosted the Gillette Tour Challenge Championship in the late Nineties and more recently the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.