PGA Tour Latinoamérica
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. Executives from the Tour de las Américas became employees of the new tour. The initial 2012 season runs from September to December and consists of 11 tournaments in seven Latin American countries. Subsequent years' schedules will run in two swings, March to May (Southern Hemisphere autumn) and October to December (spring).
The PGA Tour Latinoamérica is one of a number of lower-tier tours that factor into the Official World Golf Ranking, awarding a minimum of six points to the winner and points to the top six plus ties. Two events in 2013 were given values of eight points due to a strength of field that included Ángel Cabrera. 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. 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, Matías O'Curry, and Tommy Cocha.
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.
|Sep 8||Mundo Maya Open||Mexico||Tommy Cocha (1)||6|
|Sep 16||TransAmerican Power Products Open||Mexico||Ariel Cañete (1)||6|
|Sep 23||Arturo Calle Colombian Open||Colombia||Matías O'Curry (1)||6|
|Oct 6||Brazil Open||Brazil||Clodomiro Carranza (1)||6|
|Oct 14||Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC||Argentina||Alan Wagner (1)||6|
|Nov 4||Lexus Peru Open||Peru||Sebastián Salem (1)||6|
|Nov 11||Dominican Republic Open||Dominican Republic||Oscar Fraustro (1)||6|
|Nov 18||Puerto Rico Classic||Puerto Rico||Sebastian Vazquez (1)||6|
|Dec 2||Arturo Calle Colombian Coffee Classic||Colombia||Sebastián Fernández (1)||6|
|Dec 9||Olivos Golf Classic-Copa Personal||Argentina||Ariel Cañete (2)||6|
|Dec 16||Visa Open de Argentina||Argentina||Ángel Cabrera (1)||6|
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. All tournaments have a purse of US$150,000.
|Mar 17||Abierto Mexicano de Golf||Mexico||Ted Purdy (1)||6|
|Mar 24||TransAmerican Power Products CRV Open||Mexico||Manuel Villegas (1)||6|
|Apr 21||Abierto del Centro||Argentina||Ángel Cabrera (2)||8|
|Apr 28||Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC||Uruguay||José de Jesús Rodríguez (1)||6|
|May 5||Arturo Calle Colombian Open||Colombia||Timothy O'Neal (1)||6|
|May 19||Mundo Maya Open||Mexico||Jorge Fernández-Valdés (1)||6|
|Jun 1||Dominican Republic Open||Dominican Republic||Ryan Blaum (1)||6|
|Oct 13||Puerto Rico Classic||Puerto Rico||Ryan Sullivan (1)||6|
|Oct 20||Brazil Open||Brazil||Ryan Blaum (2)||6|
|Nov 3||Arturo Calle Colombian Classic||Colombia||José de Jesús Rodríguez (2)||6|
|Nov 10||Lexus Peru Open||Peru||Julián Etulain (1)||6|
|Nov 24||Abierto de Chile||Chile||Timothy O'Neal (2)||6|
|Dec 1||Personal Classic||Argentina||Fabián Gómez (1)||6|
|Dec 8||Visa Open de Argentina||Argentina||Marcelo Rozo (1)||8|
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. All tournaments have a purse of US$150,000.
|Feb 23||Arturo Calle Colombian Open||Colombia||David Vanegas (1)||6|
|Mar 23||TransAmerican Power Products CRV Open||Mexico||Marcelo Rozo (2)||6|
|Mar 30||Stella Artois Open||Guatemala||Armando Favela (1)||6|
|Apr 6||Mundo Maya Open||Mexico||Daniel Mazziotta (1)||6|
|Apr 20||Abierto del Centro||Argentina||William Kropp (1)||6|
|Apr 27||Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC||Uruguay||Ty Capps (1)||6|
|May 18||Dominican Republic Open||Dominican Republic||Michael Buttacavoli (1)||6|
|May 25||Lexus Panama Classic||Panama||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
|2013||Ryan Blaum||United States||99,135|
Notes and references
- "PGA Tour Latinoamerica to launch in 2012". PGA Tour. October 20, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
- "Tim Finchem Q&A regarding PGA Tour Latinoamerica". PGA Tour. May 2, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
- "PGA Tour Latinoamerica announces 2012 schedule". PGA Tour. May 2, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
- "Jesus Rivas of Colombia struck PGA Tour Latinoamérica's first tee-shot". PGA Tour. September 5, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
- "NEC becomes umbrella sponsor of PGA Tour Latinoamerica". PGA Tor. April 24, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
- 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.