Billed as the largest putting tournament in history, the event will be held in Las Vegas with multiple championship events offering prize money expected to exceed $10 million. PGA pros at properties throughout North America are being invited to hold qualifying events.
The Major Series of Putting (MSOP) has announced that it will host “the largest putting tournament in history” in Las Vegas in March 2017. Multiple championship events with total prize money expected to exceed $10 million will be held between March 8 and March 29, 2017, according to MSOP, a subsidiary of Lune Rouge Innovation, a new creative company inspired and controlled by Cirque du Soleil Founder Guy Laliberté.
MSOP said its Las Vegas event would be held within a unique venue featuring a 20,000-sq.-ft., 18-hole putting course designed by Nicklaus Design. The venue surrounding the course will feature grandstand seating, live leaderboards, a pro shop, sports bar, live entertainment and more.
MSOP is inviting PGA professionals at golf facilities throughout North America to host qualifying events through 2016 and early 2017 that will then allow them to send their best putters to represent their clubs at putting’s highest level of competition. Any participant will have the opportunity to earn a spot in one of the MSOP Championship events in Las Vegas. Select MSOP tournaments will also offer registration fees for those looking to gain direct entry into one of the events.
“Participants from around the world will have the opportunity to test their skills, and nerves, as they compete over several days in high-stakes championship putting tournaments,” MSOP said. “With crowds of onlookers, live television broadcasts and the opportunity to win and take home a share of the millions of dollars in prize money, MSOP will showcase intensity and suspense unlike anything seen before in golf.
MSOP plans to offer a wide variety of putting tournaments at the Las Vegas event and leading up to it, the organization said. The 2017 MSOP schedule currently includes singles and team events in stroke play and match play with exclusive events for women, amateurs and professional golfers. Additional tournaments will be announced soon, the organization said.
“MSOP is setting the stage for golfers from all walks of life to experience the intensity and excitement you’ll only reach when you sink that final putt for the win,” said Brad Faxon, the two-time member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team with 21 professional victories who is serving as an advisor to MSOP. “Everyone has a shot at glory! All that is needed is a putter, a ball, skills and ice in the veins!”
For more information, about MSOP and to find details on local qualifying events around North America as they are announced, visit www.MSOP.com.