PGA TOUR Champions signed a five-year deal to play a tournament in Morocco, beginning in 2020.
The tournament, called Morocco Champions, will take place between January 27 and February 1, 2020, at Samanah Golf Club in Marrakech. It will be the second tournament of the 2020 PGA TOUR Champions season. Sixty-six players, from all over the world, will compete for a total prize purse of $2 million.
The event will be the first PGA Tour-sanctioned event in Africa.
“We are excited to bring PGA TOUR Champions golf to Morocco as we partner with the ATH for what is truly a historic moment in our sport,” said PGA TOUR Champions President Miller Brady.
Brady continued, “As we enter 2020, the globalization of golf is at an all-time high and it’s important for us to look at opportunities to bring these legends of the game to fans around the world. The Morocco Champions will allow us to do just that and we’re eager to build a tremendous debut tournament.”
PGA TOUR Champions is one of the most famous golf tours in the world. It consists of 28 tournaments held in different locations. The tournaments are usually organized in the United States, but there are also many international stages, including Japan, England, and now, starting 2020, Morocco.
ATH, the association presided by Prince Moulay Rachid, operates several golf tournaments and events, both on the national and international level, including Hassan II Golf Trophy, and the Lalla Meryem Cup.
“We aim to build a strong long-term relationship with the PGA TOUR and are glad to host and promote the Morocco Champions. This competition, with its world-class players and the hosting of the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM), will put Marrakech under the spotlight and confirm the city as a world golf destination,” said ATH Deputy Vice-President, Mustapha Zine.
Samanah Golf Club, where Morocco Champions is set to be played, is 15 minutes from Marrakech and is surrounded by the Atlas Mountains, providing a stunning view. Marrakech’s climate allows for year-round play for golf amateurs and professionals alike.