“For 10 years, the Puerto Rico Open has been part of the PGA TOUR’s regular season. In September of 2017, when the tournament’s organizing team was preparing for the 2018 edition, the island suffered the onslaught of María. Four months later, the conditions are not yet adequate to carry out the official tournament, but our commitment to the island is stronger than ever and we will do our part to help Puerto Rico recover,” Puerto Rico Open Chairman David H. Chafey says in the release.
Ten PGA TOUR male players, including four past Puerto Rico Open champions, and 10 Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) players have confirmed their participation in the charity match.
The men are Rafael Campos (Puerto Rico), George McNeill (USA), Marc Turnesa (USA), Greg Kraft (USA), Brad Fritsch (Canada), Derek Lamley (USA), D.A. Points (USA), Robert Gamez (USA), Andres Romero (Argentina), and Chesson Hadley (USA).
And the confirmed LPGA players are María Fernanda Torres (Puerto Rico), Cheyenne Woods (USA), Belén Mozo (Spain), Giulia Molinaro (Italy), Emma Talley (USA), Amanda Blumenherst (USA), Paula Reto (South Africa), Verónica Felibert (Venezuela), Mariajo Uribe (Colombia), and Paola Moreno (Colombia).
“It gives me great pride to receive my fellow players, who come to give their time to help Puerto Rico, and show how beautiful my island is to all these visitors. In addition, I look forward to a positive impression of all the efforts that are underway to make our island shine again as before,” said Puerto Rico’s Torres, who made her LPGA debut this year.
Meanwhile, Puerto Rico’s Campos, who was among the top 10 players of the last edition of the Puerto Rico Open commented: “Playing in Puerto Rico surrounded by my people is always exciting and makes me feel super proud. This time it’s even more exciting for me to be the host of a tournament that brings so much to the island and that, this year, is more focused than ever on its charitable mission.”
In addition, a Celebrity AM-AM will be played on Friday, March 2, when a group of entertainment and sports personalities will take to the field in support of the fundraising goal. For more information, visit www.puertoricoopen.golf.
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