By P.J. Harmer — Rattling Chains staff
This year’s Vibram Open is shaping up to be one to remember.
And for the first time, the pros and ams are each getting in on the action.
The Vibram is the final stop on the PDGA National Tour Elite Series. This year, the event expands to four days for the pros, running from Thursday to Sunday.
On top of that, the Vibram has added an amateur tournament, which will be held at other area courses with the final being shifted to Maple Hill to play the vaunted gold tees.
Some of the other major new items for this year’s Vibram include:
- The men’s professional open field is smaller, but has a larger payout. A cap of 144 players has been set (it used to be 160), and the cut will remain at 72. The payout has gone from $41,000 to $45,000.
- The women’s payout this year has also gone up — from $8,300 to $10,000. The Vibram also allowed any and all women to compete with the cut line being 15.
- The Vibram has also gone from three to four rounds.
The pro tournament will run from Thursday through Sunday at Maple Hill in Leicester, Mass.
One of the most scenic courses on the tour, the championship gold tees challenge the best in the world with tricky woods shots, long drives and creative water holes.
As the crowning — and final stop — on the PDGA Tour, more than just a victory will be on the line as the tour champion will be crowned at this event as well.