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Does 2024 Seminole Pro-Member Have a Prize Money Pool?

Published 03/04/2024, 6:30 AM EST

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The Seminole Pro-Member will boast a strong field including the likes of Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. The event will also see well-known celebrities, CEOs, and power brokers teeing up. Interestingly, one of the most star-studded events of the year has nothing to do with PGA Tour or LIV Golf.

Held annually at the Palm Beach County, Seminole Pro-Member doesn’t even award any World Ranking points but what about the prize money?

Seminole Pro-Member had $3 million on offer in 2o20

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For every event in the sport, except the biennial events like the Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup, golf provides the champions and the participants with a lot of prize money and points. But, the same cannot be said for the Seminole Pro-Member, which does not award any dollar bills to the winners nor does it have any breakdown for the field.

However, back in 2020, the “first major of the year,” as dubbed by Davis Love III, boasted a sum of $3 million. This amount was distributed to organizations that were leading the leading coronavirus relief efforts. But, come 2024, they haven’t the total amount that would be made available yet. Eventually, if it is announced, the tournament would likely use it as part of philanthropic ventures.

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Similarly to Augusta National, the club has a very strict members policy, but unlike the host of the Masters Tournament, there is a certain mystique around Seminole with the Pro-Member not shown on TV. Traditionally it is held the Monday after the Honda Classic in March. This prestigious event doesn’t feature on the PGA, DP World Tour, or LIV Golf League but attracts major players with Tiger Woods being a big attraction this year.

Woods would be taking part in the tournament for the first time in his career, along with McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, and the like. They would be paired up against PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh, Gerry McIlroy, Mike Walrath, and Buddy Manucci, respectively.

They are joined by major champion Nelly Korda, a nine-time winner on the LPGA Tour. Apart from these names, there will also be quite an interesting few additions to the lineup including an NFL icon Tom Brady, , MLB commissioner Rob Manfred NBA champion Shane Battier, and Chuck Schwab.

Hall of Famers Ernie Els and Nick Price of Jupiter and Padraig Harrington, who is entering the World Golf Hall of Fame this year, will tee it up Monday.

The exclusive tournament would take place away from the eyes of the fans in the community. But even so, the focus of the community does fall on the event and its details, especially the course on which it is played.

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From Henry Ford to Joe Kennedy Juno Beach has a rich history

The Seminole Golf Club was founded by E.F. Hutton, an investment banker, back in 1929. The course was designed by Donald Ross and is famous for being visited by Ben Hogan, who used to practice at the place before his appearance at the Masters Tournament. Moreover, the course record for the same is owned by Claude Harmon Sr., who dished out the same in 1947, a year before he won his first and last major.

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“It’s a special place,” said Butch Harmon, the golfer’s son, as he recounted his days at the same with his father. What’s more, the membership at the club has seen some very big names, such as the Duke of Windsor, Henry Ford II, Joe Kennedy, and Pete Dye, among others. The fans can only wait as the elites duke it out at the iconic course which boasts a rich history!

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Allan Abe

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Allan Abe is a Senior Golf Writer at EssentiallySports. Armed with a Master’s Degree in English, he has covered many themes in golf as a beat writer, with in-depth coverage of instances of many golfers’ lives, like Bubba Watson and Adam Scott. Allan particularly excels at live coverage and a hole-to-hole analysis of events.
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