The Chiquita Classic golf tournament is moving to River Run Country Club in Davidson this year when it takes its place as one of the four season-ending events on the Web.com Tour.
The event debuted in the Charlotte area last September at the Club at Longview where Russell Henley, who recently won the Sony Open in Hawaii, was the champion. The move comes with a three-year contract at River Run, designed by Raymond Floyd and Robert Walker.
The Chiquita Classic will take place Sept. 2-8 with a $1-million purse. It will also be the second tournament in a four-event finale to the Web.com season that will determine 25 players who will earn their PGA Tour privileges for the following season.
Under the new PGA Tour guidelines, the top 25 money winners from the 21-event regular season on the Web.com will automatically earn their PGA tour privileges with another 25 advancing to the big tour by virtue of their combined money earnings in the four-event schedule at the end of the season.
The event is expected to include many PGA Tour players who did not finish among the top 125 money winners nor qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs.
“We are really pleased and excited to have River Run host the Chiquita Classic this year,” said Brian Kocher, Chiquita Brands Chief Financial Officer. “The course has one of the best layouts in the area and is sure to challenge all players come September. This is a marquee event for the area and for Chiquita. We are looking forward to not only watching some of the best golfers in the world compete in our own backyard, but to helping local charities as well.”
River Run features the new heat-resistant Champion ultra dwarf bermuda greens which should allow for faster, firmer playing conditions in September.