The PGA’s Pacific Links Tournament at Bear Mountain hits the end of the road
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The Professional Golf Association (PGA) had enough of the Pacific Links Golf Tournament at Bear Mountain. They looked for a replacement location to run the tournament at but simply dropped the event altogether.
Despite growth in paid attendance in 2017 over the previous year, there was a lack of a major television deal. Subsequently, prize money dropped substantially, to the tune of $70,000.
The tournament took place during the third weekend of September both years of its existence, 2016 and 2017.
Fifty-year-old Jerry Kelly was the 2017 winner, closing with a three-under-par 68 on the final day, Sunday, Sept. 17.
The 2017 edition was dominated by the presence of golf’s bad boy John Daley and his smoking, drinking and I could care less persona – it wasn’t enough to secure a needed big TV deal.
The 2016 tournament saw 27,000 people attend. It was broadcast to 200 million homes in 84 countries around the world. Colin Montgomerie edged out Scott McCarron in 2016 for the inaugural title win and a piece of the 2.5 million dollar prize purse.