Vidanta Vallarta, one of the top rated hotels in Mexico, will host the first PGA tournament in history taking place on the Pacific coast of Mexico from April 25 to May 1, 2022.
Group Vidanta will host the PGA Tour for the Mexico Open at the resort, home to two of the region’s premier courses—The Nayar Course and the Norman Signature Course—plus the 10-hole, par-3 The Lakes Course, the new Vidanta Golf Academy, and the longest golf cart suspension bridge in the world.
The Mexico Open, which dates back to 1944 and is considered Mexico’s national championship, will appear on the PGA TOUR schedule for the first time as an official FedExCup event, offering 500 FedExCup points to the winner and a purse of $7.3 million. The 132 players will include 12 sponsor exemptions, with a minimum of four players from Latin America.
Since 2017, Grupo Salinas partnered with the PGA TOUR to stage a TOUR event in Mexico – the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship – with efforts to inspire and grow the game in the country. Starting in 2022, the Mexico Open will continue Grupo Salinas’ commitment, uniting the PGA TOUR with the history of professional golf in Mexico in the form of the Mexico Open.
The Vidanta Vallarta resort will offer some of the best golfers in the world the opportunity to play on its first-class facilities, including challenging courses designed by golf professionals featuring beautiful views of Jalisco and Nayarit.
‘The opportunity to host the PGA Tour’s Mexico Open is an incredible one and will generate innumerable economic opportunities throughout all of Banderas Bay, including in Nayarit and Jalisco. It will not only benefit area hotels, but also taxi drivers, local restaurant staffs, tour guides, and small- and medium-sized local businesses, all of whom have demonstrated their resilience in the face of challenge over the last two years and are now ready to welcome golf lovers from all over the world,” said Iván Chávez, executive vice president of Grupo Vidanta. “We are looking forward to hosting the 132 golfers from over 30 different countries participating in this tournament, to Vidanta Vallarta. I am sure that all of us in the tourism industry in Banderas Bay will take advantage of this great opportunity to show the world the beauty of Mexico, its distinct luxury, and, above all, the great hearts of our people.”
The Mexico Open will feature the most important golfers, including Carlos Ortiz, Vidanta Resorts ambassador and the first Mexican to win during the PGA Tour since 1978. Ortiz has been a major player in both the national and international world of golf and has helped promote Mexico as a potential host for international golf events such as this.
“When I think about the adventure it has been to reach this moment in my professional career, I could not possibly be more grateful and excited to be part of the Vidanta family and contribute to the growth and success of such an incredible sport in my home country,” said Carlos Ortiz, Mexican professional golfer and Vidanta Resorts ambassador.