Barbasol Championship

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Barbasol Championship
Barbasol Championship logo.png
Tournament information
LocationNicholasville, Kentucky, U.S.
Course(s)Keene Trace Golf Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour
(alternate event)
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$3.5 million
Month playedJuly
Tournament record score
Aggregate262 Jim Herman (2019)
To par−26 Jim Herman (2019)
Current champion
United States Jim Herman
Nicholasville is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Nicholasville is located in Kentucky
Location in Kentucky

The Barbasol Championship is a professional golf tournament in Kentucky on the PGA Tour; it debuted in 2015 as an alternate event to The Open Championship in Britain in July. The first three editions of the tournament were played in Alabama at the Grand National course of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Opelika, northeast of Auburn.[1] It was the first PGA Tour event played in Alabama since the PGA Championship in 1990.

In 2018, the tournament moved to Kentucky to the Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, south of Lexington, and was the first PGA Tour event (excluding majors) in the state in 59 years, since the Kentucky Derby Open in 1959.[2] (Valhalla Golf Club near Louisville hosted the PGA Championship in 1996, 2000, and 2014.)

Like other alternate events, the winner of the Barbasol Championship does not earn an invitation to the Masters and point values are limited due to the weaker field (24 OWGR points and 300 FedEx Cup points compared to 100 OWGR points and 600 FedEx points for Open Championship winners). However, the winner still receives a two-year PGA Tour exemption and a trip to the PGA Championship.


Season Player Country Score To par Margin of
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($)
2020 Canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic[3]
2019 Jim Herman  United States 262 −26 1 stroke United States Kelly Kraft 630,000 3,500,000
2018 Troy Merritt  United States 265 −23 1 stroke United States Billy Horschel
United States Tom Lovelady
United States Richy Werenski
630,000 3,500,000
2017 Grayson Murray  United States 263 −21 1 stroke United States Chad Collins 630,000 3,500,000
2016 Aaron Baddeley  Australia 266 −18 Playoff South Korea Kim Si-woo 630,000 3,500,000
2015 Scott Piercy  United States 265 −19 3 strokes United States Will Wilcox 630,000 3,500,000


  1. ^ "Barbasol Championship debuts on PGA Tour in 2015". PGA Tour. August 11, 2014.
  2. ^ Gray, Will (October 18, 2017). "Barbasol Championship moving to Kentucky in 2018". Golf Channel. Archived from the original on October 19, 2017. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  3. ^ "PGA TOUR announces schedule adjustments for remainder of 2019-20 FedExCup season, releases fall portion of 2020-21 PGA TOUR Regular Season schedule". PGA Tour. April 16, 2020. Retrieved April 16, 2020.

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Coordinates: 37°57′40″N 84°36′11″W / 37.961°N 84.603°W / 37.961; -84.603