While the PGA Tour departs the West Coast to commence with its Florida Swing at this week’s Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, another professional tournament already is underway at The Concession Golf Club, a former World Golf Championship site located on Florida’s opposite coast, in Bradenton.

The purse is modest ($147,000), funded by the tournament organizer and entry fees of the participants. The field, comprised of men and women, largely is made up of aspiring golfers who have climbed only as high in the pro ranks as the game’s lowest tiers. But they are good players. Currently, Finland’s Nikke Tyry shares the lead at seven-under 65 with Denmark’s Frederik Tottenborg, a recent winner on the Nordic Golf League, one of the third-tier tours the DP World Tour recognizes.

That’s some stout scoring on a difficult Jack Nicklaus-designed layout that measures 7,474 yards. Only a second-round 64 by eventual winner Collin Morikawa was better during the WGC-Workday Championship in March 2021.

“I saw those seven-under scores, and I said to myself, ‘I better get in a few more practice rounds,’” said Michael Sim, a former PGA Tour member and Korn Ferry Tour winner who is among the more accomplished players in the field. “Pretty impressive golf.”

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