PGA EuroPro Tour

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PGA EuroPro Tour
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2017 PGA EuroPro Tour
PGA EuroPro Tour logo.png
Sport Golf
Founded 2002
Countries Based in the United Kingdom.
Current schedule includes a tournament in Spain.
Official website http://www.europrotour.com/

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.[1] 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. Beginning in July 2015, the four third-level tours will carry Official World Golf Ranking points.[2]

The purpose of the tour is to provide young professional golfers with a platform to launch a tournament career. In 2015, the total prize money rose to over £800,000. Each event saw its prize fund increased by 25% to £50,000 with winner's prize remaining at £10,000.[3] The Tour Championship has a £90,000 prize fund with £20,000 going to the winner[4]

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.[5]

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.[6] The PGA EuroPro Tour agreed to various new broadcast deals with international partners in 2016 and the tour is now seen in 98 countries[7]

Order of Merit winners[edit]

Year Player Country Earnings (£)
2016 Matthew Cort  England 33,920
2015 Jordan Smith  England 32,984
2014 Elliot Saltman  Scotland 27,991
2013 Oliver Farr  Wales 33,495
2012 Paul Maddy  England 32,822
2011 Chris Hanson  England 37,930
2010 Daniel Gaunt  Australia 24,700
2009 Scott Jamieson  Scotland 23,492
2008 Noel Fox  Ireland 26,897
2007 Graeme Clark  England 43,689
2006 Kevin Harper  England 29,259
2005 Mark Smith  England 54,878
2004 Simon Lilly  England 37,047
2003 Tom Whitehouse  England 34,182
2002 Paul McKechnie  Scotland 32,236

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the PGA Europro Tour". The Professional Golfers' Association. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  2. ^ "OWGR Board Announce Inclusion of New Tours". OWGR. 15 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "EuroPro Prize Funds Increased To £50,000". PGA EuroPro Tour. PGA EuroPro Tour. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Matchroom Sport Tour Championship Prize Fund Set At £90,000". PGA EuroPro Tour. PGA EuroPro Tour. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  5. ^ http://www.matchroomsport.com/articleDetail.asp?intArticleID=228
  6. ^ http://www.europrotour.com/news/pga_europro_tour_extends_sky_sports.htm
  7. ^ "About Us". PGA EuroPro Tour. PGA EuroPro Tour. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 

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