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Barbasol Championship

The Barbasol Championship is a professional golf tournament scheduled to be played for the first time on the PGA Tour in 2015 as an alternative event for the 2015 Open Championship. The tournament will be played on the Grand National course of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Opelika, Alabama.

It is the first PGA Tour event played in Alabama since the 1990 PGA Championship. A sponsor exemption into the 2015 event was one of the prizes given to the winner of The Big Break.

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Like other alternate events, the winner of the Barbasol Championship does not earn an invitation to the Masters and point values are limited due to the weaker field (24 OWGR points and 300 FedEx Cup points compared to 100 OWGR points and 600 FedEx points for Open Championship winners). He still receives a two-year PGA Tour exemption and a trip to the PGA Championship as a winner.

RTJ Golf Trail-Grand National (Lake), 7,302 yards, par 71. Quite likely the favorite among the 11 courses on the trail that bears his name, designer Robert Trent Jones Sr. lauded Grand National’s locale as the best for a golf complex that he’d ever seen. Twelve holes of the Lake course run along the shore of 600-acre Lake Saugahatchee, creating a scenic backdrop. The par-3 sixth hole plays up to 230 yards over water to a small finger of land jutting out into the lake. Opened in 1992, Grand National played host five years later to what’s now the Web.com Tour’s season finale, where Steve Flesch claimed victory.

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FEDEXCUP: Winner receives 300 points.

CHARITY: The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Foundation is the tournament’s charitable arm, with proceeds to benefit various Alabama charities.

FIELD WATCH: Alabama native Will Wilcox, second to Scott Piercy in last year’s inaugural event, heads a lineup that also includes former major champions Angel Cabrera and David Toms. … Piercy will not defend his title, having secured a berth in the Open Championship at Royal Troon. … With most of the world’s top players in Scotland this week, Jason Bohn owns the highest world ranking in the field at No. 97. … Robby Shelton, the former Alabama standout who tied for third last year while still an amateur, will make this year’s edition his second PGA TOUR start as a professional. … Lee McCoy (Georgia) makes his fourth professional start.

72-HOLE RECORD: 265, Scott Piercy (2015).

18-HOLE RECORD: 63, Glen Day (2nd round, 2015), Jason Gore (3rd round, 2015), Vaughn Taylor (3rd round, 2015).

LAST YEAR: Piercy claimed his third PGA TOUR victory, using a run of three birdies in a four-hole span on the back nine to ease away from the field for a three-shot triumph. Piercy hit 17 greens in regulation on the way to a closing 6-under 65, returning to the winner’s circle for the first time since the 2012 RBC Canadian Open. Not long after that, he suffered an elbow injury that eventually forced him to take a medical exemption. Ricky Barnes shared with 54-hole lead with Piercy, but struggled to a closing 70 that left him five shots behind the winner. A birdie/birdie finish lifted Wilcox into runner-up honors with a 67, notching a second straight top-10 finish that locked up a PGA TOUR card for the following season.


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Originally posted by: pgatour.com


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