The Bermuda Championship — which will take place in October at the Port Royal Golf Course — will now be stand-alone event for 2021, with the field size expanded from 120 to 132 players and the prize purse increased to $6.5 million.
This comes as the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, which was originally supposed to be held at the same time, was cancelled for the second season running, reportedly due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A spokesperson said, “Following this week’s announcements related to the fall schedule by PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan during his annual press conference at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, the Bermuda Championship was announced as a stand-alone event for 2021.
“With the change comes several significant adjustments for the Bermuda Championship, taking place October 25 to 31 at Port Royal Golf Course, Southampton.”
“Following discussions with HSBC,” said Commissioner Monahan, “we have confirmed the cancellation of the 2021 WGC-HSBC Champions. Although it is unfortunate to have to do so, we must ensure that we abide by the pandemic prevention policies of different markets, which may cause inconvenience to the players and make tournament operations very challenging. Therefore, after careful evaluation, we had to make this difficult decision to cancel the event.”
The organisation said, “With the cancellation of the HSBC Champions event, we are excited to announce that the Bermuda Championship will be played as a stand-alone event. The field size will be expanded from 120 to 132 players with standard full-field eligibility, award 500 FedExCup points to the winner and have an increased purse of $6.5M.
“As in 2020, tickets will be limited due to the pandemic. General Admission tickets will go on sale starting September 20 and spectators can purchase tickets online [while quantities last] through the tournament website at bermudachampionship.com. Gates are open to the public Thursday, October 28 to Sunday, October 31; daily general admission tickets are available online only for $35.
“The Bermuda Championship currently benefits more than 50 charities on island through our Birdies for Charity Programme and Volunteer Charity Programme.”