42nd National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship

Ryan Zylstra
Traci Edwards / PGA of America
Ryan Zylstra wins the 41st National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship.

Series: PGA

Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | 10:48 a.m.

42nd National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship supported by Cleveland Golf – Srixon – XXIO, John Deere, Golf Advisor

When: Nov. 15-18, 2018

Where: PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker Course), Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Defending Champion: Ryan Zylstra, Richmond, Virginia

Format: 72 holes of stroke play. Following the first 36 holes, the field will be reduced to the lowest 70 scorers and ties. In the event of a tie for first place after 72 holes, there will be a hole-by-hole playoff.

What's at Stake: A purse of $150,000 will be distributed to the 132 competitors. The 2018 National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Champion will receive a first-place check of $12,000 and a spot in the 2018 PGA Professional Championship.

Who's playing?: Field list | Tee times

Scores: Leaderboard

ROUND 1 RECAP (Thursday): Kenny Pigman fires 6-under 66 to take early lead
ROUND 2 RECAP (Friday): Steven Delmar takes lead with 4-under 68
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OUND 3 RECAP (Saturday): Kenny Pigman grabs 54-hole lead
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OUND 4 RECAP (Sunday): Kenny Pigman's strong start propels him to victory

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2017: Ryan Zylstra wins the 41st National Car Rental Assistant PGA Pro Championship

About the National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship supported by Cleveland Golf – Srixon – XXIO

For more than 40 years, the Assistant PGA Professional Championship has marked a tradition of excellence in bringing together some of the most talented players in the PGA of America.

In its first 14 years of its existence, the Championship was hosted by Thorny Lea Golf Club in Brockton, Mass., developing into one of the PGA’s most popular events.
 
From 1991 to 1994, the Championship was hosted at PGA West, and contested on the Jack Nicklaus Private Course in La Quinta, Calif. In addition, the Championship was expanded from 54 to 72 holes.
 
The Championship moved to its current home, PGA Golf Club, in 1996 and in 2010, the Championship expanded to 126 contestants.
 
In 2012, National Car Rental became the title sponsor of the Championship, while COBRA PUMA GOLF became the presenting sponsor that same year.
 
Past competitors or champions who have gone on to careers on the PGA and Nationwide Tour include: Loren Roberts (Champion, 1979), Fred Funk (Champion, 1984), Rich Beem (third, 1998), Jeff Freeman (T-7, 1998), Robert Thompson (Champion, 1986) and Tim Thelen (Champion, 2009).
 
The Wanamaker Course at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida

Designed by legendary architect Tom Fazio, the Wanamaker Course at PGA Golf Club has long been hailed as one of Florida’s most picturesque layouts since it opened in 1996. Named in honor of Rodman Wanamaker, who inspired the birth of the PGA of America in 1916, the classic Floridian design plays through native wetlands, palm trees and palmettos.

Stretching to 7,123 yards from the back tees, the par-72 layout opens with a medium length par 5 that eases golfers into their rounds with a wide fairway and gentle green complex. Among the Wanamaker’s unforgettable holes is the short par-4 8th which features a double green that drastically changes how the hole is played depending on which is in use. The final two holes provide plenty of fireworks; the long par-3 17th plays slightly uphill to an undulated green while the demanding, 462-yard, par-4 18th features a massive beach bunker down the right and a green guarded by water.

The Wanamaker Course re-opened in 2014 following a significant re-grassing project that introduced new, modern turf to fairways and bunker surrounds. Celebration Bermuda, a highly popular strain lauded for its durability, was installed on all 14 fairways. Additionally, ornamental grasses including Burgundy and white fountain grasses, dwarf fakahatchee and muhlenbergia were installed to reframe hole corridors.

Conditions have never been better as evidenced by the Wanamaker Course vaulting five spots to No. 16 in Golfweek’s 2016 “Best: State-by-State Courses You Can Play” list for Florida. GOLF Magazine also recently agreed on the Wanamaker’s impressive enhancements, ranking the beloved layout No. 23 on its 2016 edition of the “Best Courses Near You” list.