Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and PGA Tour executive Andy Pazder announced today that the 2018 Barbasol Championship will be contested in the state of Kentucky at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville.
The three-year old tournament has been played at RTJ Trail’s Grand National in Opelika, Alabama since its inception in 2015.
“Being selected as the latest PGA Tour stop is a significant development, and we are excited to showcase the greatness of Kentucky to golf fans from around the world,” said Gov. Bevin. “It will be an incredible honor for Kentucky to host these individual and corporate guests each summer. From this day forward, the PGA Tour can join us in saying: ‘We are Kentucky!’”
The Kentucky tournament, one of five opposite-field events on Tour, will be played July 19-22, the same week as the British Open. It will carry a purse of $3.5 million and award 300 FedExCup points to the champion.
The last time the state of Kentucky hosted a regular PGA Tour stop was back in 1959, the final year of the Kentucky Derby Open, which ran from 1957-59. Gary Player claimed his first Tour victory at the ’58 event in Kentucky.
Material used from WKYT in Kentucky to compile this report.