SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The PGA Tour Champions is bringing a tournament to South Dakota next year.

The Sanford International will be the first PGA Tour-sanctioned tournament in South Dakota inn 17 years. Sanford Health, which has headquarters in the Dakotas, signed a five-year agreement as the title sponsor through 2022.

The tournament will be played Sept. 21-23 in 2018 at Minnehaha Country Club, offering $1.8 million in prize money. Two-time U.S. Open champion Andy North is serving as tournament host, while Jack Nicklaus will be the tournament ambassador.

The Sanford International is the fifth new tournament added to the PGA Tour Champions in the last two years.

The previous PGA Tour-sanctioned event in the area was the Dakota Dunes Open on what is now the Web.com Tour. It was played from 1990 through 2001.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.