Countdown to 2017 Grey Goose World Par 3 Championships
The GREY GOOSE World Par 3 Championship kicks off this Thursday at the Fairmont Southampton’s Turtle Hill Golf Club in Bermuda.
This year’s 36-hole championship, which takes place March 17-18, sees a number of impressive professional golfers from across the globe compete for the title and their share of the $75,000 (USD) purse.
“We’ve got some amazing talent from all across the world teeing it up this week for the GREY GOOSE World Par 3 Championship,” said tournament director Adam LeBrun. “At the risk of sounding cliché, it really is a wide open championship and any one of the numerous nice players in the field could hoist the trophy at the end of the weekend.”
The field includes four-time PGA Tour winner, three-time American Ryder Cup member and one of only six players who have shot 59 on the PGA Tour, Chip Beck; Golf Channel analyst and WEB.COM winner Charlie Rymer; 19-time winner on the Ladies European Tour, LPGA Tour winner three times and eight-time European Solheim Cup member, Trish Johnson; WEB.COM winner and former PGA TOUR member Tom Gillis; local Bermudian favourites Daniel Augustus, Michael Sims and Camiko Smith; and the PGA of Canada’s No. 3-ranked player Oliver Tubb.
Players in this year’s GREY GOOSE World Par 3 Championship also have an opportunity to win $1-million (USD). Sponsored by Greg Norman Apparel and the Fairmont Southampton, the $1-million hole-in-one shootout will feature two professional and two amateur golfers.
“Adding this exciting element to the GREY GOOSE World Par 3 Championship rounds out one of the best—and most fun—tournaments in Bermuda,” says Turtle Hill Golf Club’s director of golf Paul Adams. “The possibility of someone becoming an instant millionaire with just one swing of the club is electrifying.”
Professional and amateur participants will compete in two closest-to-the-hole contests (on Nos. 9 and 18) during Friday’s first round, with the four winners (two professionals and two amateurs) participating in the $1-million shootout later that evening on No. 18.
The $1-million shootout will be live streamed through the PGA of Canada’s Facebook page.
Past champions of the GREY GOOSE World Par 3 Championship include Bermudian Daniel Augustus, PGA Tour winner Nick Taylor, PGA of Canada member Ian Doig, American Jordan Mitchell, Mark Mouland of the European Senior Tour, Thomas Curtis and last year’s winner from Brazil, Rafael Becker.
In addition to the professionals in the championship, the field is rounded out by an impressive list of amateur golfers—from Bermuda, the United States, Canada and Europe—vying for titles in the men's, women's and senior amateur divisions.