Jun 10, 2014 12:43 PM by Scott Oathout
TUCSON- The PGA announced Tuesday morning that Tucson will be the new host of a PGA TOUR's Champions Tour event next March.
The Tucson Classic will be held March 16 through March 22 at the Omni Tucson National Resort.
The Tucson Conquistadores will operate the new event, which will feature an 81-player field competing for a $1.7 million purse, Tucson Conquistadores spokeswoman Joan Liess said in a press releae.
The Tucson Classic will have three days of competition, Friday through Sunday, and two Pro-Am events on March 18 and 19.
"Tucson is going to be a popular city for our players as many of them experienced success here during their PGA TOUR careers," said Champions Tour President Mike Stevens. "We are thrilled the Conquistadores have become involved with the Champions Tour and we look forward to a long partnership in Tucson."
With the PGA Match Play event being taken off the 2015 PGA schedule, Tucson was left without a tour event until Tuesday's announcement.
Tucson has hosted a professional golf tournament since 1945 and the event was played under many different names until 2006, Liess said.
The 7,262-yard, par 73 course Omni Tucson National Catalina Course has played host to the PGA TOUR more than 30 times, Liess said.
Some of the big name golfers expected to play in the Tucson Classic include Tom Watson, Kirk Triplett and Craig Stadler.
The Tucson Classic will be broadcast on the Golf Channel.