PGA Tour Latinoamérica

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The PGA Tour Latinoamérica is a third level professional golf tour formed in 2012 and operated by the PGA Tour. It was formed in concert with the now defunct Tour de las Américas.[1] Executives from the Tour de las Américas became employees of the new tour.[2] The initial 2012 season runs from September to December and consists of 11 tournaments in seven Latin American countries.[3] Subsequent years' schedules will run in two swings, March to May (Southern Hemisphere autumn) and October to December (spring).[3]

The PGA Tour Latinoamérica is one of a number of lower-tier tours that factor into the Official World Golf Ranking, awarding six points to the winner and points to the top six plus ties. The top five in the tour's Order of Merit earn status on the Web.com Tour, with the money leader being fully exempt. Players finishing 6th-50th retain privileges on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica, but can also advance to the Web.com Tour's qualifying school depending on position.

Colombian Jesus Rivas teed the first shot on the new tour.[4] The fields will consist of a maximum 144 players, with the top fifty plus ties making the cut. In 2012, the five players to graduate to the Web.com Tour based on their Order of Merit positions were Ariel Cañete, Oscar Fraustro, Clodomiro Carranza, Matias O'Curry, and Tommy Cocha.

In April 2013, the NEC Corporation became the sponsor of the PGA Tour Latinoamérica. The tour was renamed NEC Series - PGA Tour Latinoamérica.[5]

Schedules[edit]

2012 season[edit]

The table below shows the 2012 schedule. "Date" is the ending date of each event. The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names are the number of wins they had on tour up to and including that event. OWGR is the number of Official World Golf Ranking points awarded for that tournament.[6]

Date Tournament Country Winner OWGR pts
Sep 8 Mundo Maya Open Mexico Argentina Tommy Cocha (1) 6
Sep 16 TransAmerican Power Products Open Mexico Argentina Ariel Cañete (1) 6
Sep 23 Arturo Calle Colombian Open Colombia Argentina Matías O'Curry (1) 6
Oct 6 Brazil Open Brazil Argentina Clodomiro Carranza (1) 6
Oct 14 Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC Argentina Argentina Alan Wagner (1) 6
Nov 4 Lexus Peru Open Peru Peru Sebastián Salem (1) 6
Nov 11 Dominican Republic Open Dominican Republic Mexico Oscar Fraustro (1) 6
Nov 18 Puerto Rico Classic Puerto Rico Mexico Sebastian Vazquez (1) 6
Dec 2 Arturo Calle Colombian Coffee Classic Colombia Argentina Sebastián Fernández (1) 6
Dec 9 Olivos Golf Classic-Copa Personal Argentina Argentina Ariel Cañete (2) 6
Dec 16 Visa Open de Argentina Argentina Argentina Ángel Cabrera (1) 6

2013 season[edit]

The table below shows the 2013 schedule. "Date" is the ending date of each event. The tour added three events to the schedule for the 2013 season. The season is also split into two sections; seven events in the first half of the year (March to June), and seven events in the latter half (October to December). The tour also expanded by two countries, introducing tournaments in Uruguay and Chile. The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names are the number of wins they had on tour up to and including that event. OWGR is the number of Official World Golf Ranking points awarded for that tournament.[6] All tournaments have a purse of US$150,000.

Date Tournament Country Winner OWGR pts
Mar 17 Abierto Mexicano de Golf Mexico United States Ted Purdy (1) 6
Mar 24 TransAmerican Power Products CRV Open Mexico Colombia Manuel Villegas (1) 6
Apr 21 Abierto del Centro Argentina Argentina Ángel Cabrera (2) 8
Apr 28 Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC Uruguay Mexico José de Jesús Rodríguez (1) 6
May 5 Arturo Calle Colombian Open Colombia United States Timothy O'Neal (1) 6
May 19 Mundo Maya Open Mexico Argentina Jorge Fernández-Valdés (1) 6
Jun 1 Dominican Republic Open Dominican Republic United States Ryan Blaum (1) 6
Oct 13 Puerto Rico Classic Puerto Rico United States Ryan Sullivan (1) 6
Oct 20 Brazil Open Brazil United States Ryan Blaum (2) 6
Nov 3 Arturo Calle Colombian Classic Colombia Mexico José de Jesús Rodríguez (2) 6
Nov 10 Lexus Peru Open Peru Argentina Julián Etulain (1) 6
Nov 24 Abierto de Chile Chile United States Timothy O'Neal (2) 6
Dec 1 Personal Classic Argentina Argentina Fabián Gómez (1) 6
Dec 8 Visa Open de Argentina Argentina Colombia Marcelo Rozo (1) 8

2014 season[edit]

The table below shows the 2014 schedule. "Date" is the ending date of each event.

The season is also split into two sections; eight events in the first half of the year (February to May), and nine events in the latter half (September to December). The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names are the number of wins they had on tour up to and including that event. OWGR is the number of Official World Golf Ranking points awarded for that tournament.[6] All tournaments have a purse of US$150,000.

Date Tournament Country Winner OWGR pts
Feb 23 Arturo Calle Colombian Open Colombia Colombia David Vanegas (1) 6
Mar 23 TransAmerican Power Products CRV Open Mexico Colombia Marcelo Rozo (2) 6
Mar 30 Stella Artois Open Guatemala Mexico Armando Favela (1) 6
Apr 6 Mundo Maya Open Mexico United States Daniel Mazziotta (1) 6
Apr 20 Abierto del Centro Argentina United States William Kropp (1) 6
Apr 27 Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC Uruguay United States Ty Capps (1) 6
May 18 Dominican Republic Open Dominican Republic United States Michael Buttacavoli (1) 6
May 25 Lexus Panama Classic Panama Argentina Julián Etulain (2) 6
Sep 28 Ecuador Open Ecuador
Oct 5 Arturo Calle Colombian Classic Colombia
Oct 12 TransAmerican Power Products CRV Mazatlán Open Mexico
Oct 19 TransAmerican Power Products CRV Mexico Open Mexico
Oct 26 Bridgestone America's Golf Cup Argentina n/a
Nov 2 Lexus Peru Open Peru
Nov 9 Aberto do Brasil Brazil
Nov 16 Hyundai - BBVA Abierto de Chile Chile
Nov 30 Personal Classic Argentina
Dec 7 Abierto de la República Argentina

Order of Merit winners[edit]

Year Winner Country Earnings (US$)
2013 Ryan Blaum  United States 99,135
2012 Ariel Cañete  Argentina 91,396

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "PGA Tour Latinoamerica to launch in 2012". PGA Tour. October 20, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tim Finchem Q&A regarding PGA Tour Latinoamerica". PGA Tour. May 2, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "PGA Tour Latinoamerica announces 2012 schedule". PGA Tour. May 2, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jesus Rivas of Colombia struck PGA Tour Latinoamérica's first tee-shot". PGA Tour. September 5, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ "NEC becomes umbrella sponsor of PGA Tour Latinoamerica". PGA Tor. April 24, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Each tournament is allocated a certain number of Official World Golf Ranking points for its champion, and points for lower finishes are based on a sliding scale.

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