PGA Tour Latinoamérica launches its inaugural season of 11 events contested in seven countries throughout Latin America this week at the Mundo Maya Open.
The schedule runs from September through December and will provide the top five players from the season-ending Order of Merit access to the Web.com Tour.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem explained the new Tour coincides perfectly with golf’s re-introduction to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero in four years’ time.
“Now is the right time to start this Tour because golf is making its return to the 2016 Games in Brazil and we want to help grow the game in Latin America,” said Finchem, who also aims to find the next crop of Latin American stars.
“We think it’s fitting to start in Mexico where we have played numerous tournaments on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour.
“Another one of our goals is to help develop more elite players from this region such as two-time major champion Angel Cabrera, Camilo Villegas and Jhonattan Vegas.”
The inaugural season debuts in Mexico at Yucatan CC, which also features a Jack Nicklaus-designed course named El Jaguar. The Tour will then travel to Columbia, Brazil, Argentina and the Caribbean.