PGA EuroPro Tour
The PGA EuroPro Tour is a men's developmental professional golf tour. It was created in 2002 by the merger of two development tours, the EuroPro Tour and the PGA MasterCard Tour. It is based mainly in the United Kingdom, with a few events in other countries. Most of the players are British, with others coming from Ireland, Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
The purpose of the tour is to provide young professional golfers with a platform to launch a tournament career. In 2014, the total prize money will be over £600,000. Each event has a £40,000 prize fund with £10,000 to the winner. The Tour Championship has a £15,000 prize fund with £15,000 going to the winner.
The top five finishers on the Order of Merit win a tour card for the following season on Europe's second tier golf tour, the Challenge Tour, and also a place at the Stage Two Qualifying School for the European Tour.
Each event on the tour was broadcast in 2006 as a 90-minute highlights package on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. A new deal was agreed for the 2007 season for each programme to last for two hours.
In 2013 the PGA EuroPro Tour agreed a new five-season deal with Sky Sports, ensuring the tour would be broadcast by Sky Sports until at least 2017
The tour is shown in the Golf Channel in the United States, and on several other channels around the world.
In 2014 the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour will visit courses including The Belfy (Brabazon Ryder Cup Course), The Carrick on Loch Lomond, The Oxfordshire and Prince's.
Order of Merit winners
- EPD Tour - a third level tour based in Germany
- Alps Tour - a third level tour played in several countries including France and Italy
- Gateway Tour and NGA Pro Golf Tour - third level tours in the United States
- Professional golf tours