CANADIAN TOUR WILL BECOME PGA TOUR CANADA IN 2013
PONTE VEDRA BEACH,Fla.andTORONTO- After lending strategic and
financial support to the Canadian Professional Golf Tour in 2012
and evaluating all aspects of the business, the PGA TOUR has agreed
to assume operational control of what will become PGA TOURCanadain
2013. The conversion will begin November 1.
Moving forward, the new PGA TOUR division will provide direct
access to the Web.com Tour for its leading money winners, based on
the final Order of Merit. The top five players will receive playing
privileges on the Web.com Tour, while the next five will be exempt
into the finals of the Web.com Tour qualifying school.
The announcement was made today by PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim
Finchem; Pierre Blouin, Chairman of the Canadian Tour Board of
Directors; and Rick Janes, Commissioner of the Canadian Tour.
"Having gained a thorough understanding of the golf landscape
inCanadaover the course of the 2012 season, we are confident that
by fully dedicating our assets and resources, PGA TOURCanadawill be
well positioned to play an increasingly important role in
professional golf," Finchem said. "With a solid foundation of
existing tournaments along with outstanding opportunities to
establish new events, we are confident PGA TOURCanadawill
strengthen and grow in the coming years."
"This is the logical next step for the Tour's sustainability and
growth," Blouin said. "The PGA TOUR provided invaluable assistance
throughout the 2012 season and through its evaluation process saw
strong potential. Golf is incredibly popular inCanadaand PGA
TOURCanadawill be a very important part ofCanada's sports landscape
in the coming years. I also want to acknowledge the efforts made by
Rick Janes and his staff throughout the process to assist the PGA
TOUR in gaining a better understanding of the Tour."
Details on the full schedule and the Tour's executive structure
will be announced at a later date. PGA TOURCanadawill debut with a
minimum of eight tournaments in 2013 offering a minimum purse of
$150,000, with the goal of eventually growing to 12 or 13 events.
All tournaments will be held inCanadaduring the summer months.
"We have long recognized the many advantages of joining forces
with the PGA TOUR," Janes said. "It not only brings a new level of
stature toCanada's domestic circuit, it ensures that PGA
TOURCanadawill continue to attract the best young professionals and
offer the highest level of competition. For developing young
Canadian players the opportunity to compete on home soil against
top PGA TOUR prospects from around the world is a tremendous
The PGA TOUR will work with all Canadian media outlets including
its television partners, Shaw/Global TV and TSN, to broaden
coverage of PGA TOURCanada. The TOUR also will highlight PGA
TOURCanadathrough all media resources, including PGATOUR.com and
Golf's popularity inCanadais reflected in an in-depth economic
impact study that showed nearly 6 million Canadians play golf,
representing 21.5 percent of the population, more than double
theU.S.participation rate. The PGA TOUR has experienced golf's
popularity first-hand with the annual RBC Canadian Open, the
Champions Tour's Montreal Championship and the highly successful
2007 Presidents Cup at Royal Montreal GC.Canadaalso consistently
ranks second only to theU.S.in traffic to PGATOUR.com.
"We view this as a win-win proposition that strengthens an
established Tour in a country that absolutely loves golf," Finchem
said. "As the Tour continues to develop and grow, charitable
contributions and the value provided to tournaments sponsors will
increase, as well. As for the PGA TOUR, this expands our brand
inCanadaand gives us geographic integration throughout
theAmericasin concert with PGA TOUR Latinoamérica."
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, which emerged from a collaboration
between the PGA TOUR, Tour de las Américas, National Golf
Federations, promoters and host clubs throughoutLatin America, has
debuted this fall with 11 tournaments in seven countries. PGA TOUR
Latinoamérica's top five money winners will receive Web.com Tour
playing status in 2013.
Between PGA TOUR Latinoamérica's plan to go to a split
spring-fall schedule and PGA TOURCanada's summer schedule, players
qualifying for bothTourswill have the opportunity to play a
year-long schedule. BothTourswill conduct their own qualifying
tournaments for membership.
"We believe that PGA TOURCanadahas an important place in
professional golf and will continue to help identify and develop
talented players who aspire to one day play on the PGA TOUR,"
Finchem said. "With that in mind, it makes sense to give its top
players direct access to the Web.com Tour."
Former Canada Tour players have accounted for more than 110
victories on the PGA TOUR, including Canadians Mike Weir, Dave
Barr, Dan Halldorson and Ian Leggatt. Other alumni who have PGA
TOUR victories include Steve Stricker, Nick Watney, Stuart Appleby,
Tim Clark, Bryce Molder, Jason Bohn, Brendan Steele, Craig Parry,
Tim Petrovic, Grant Waite, Will McKenzie and Brandt Jobe, to name a
About the Canadian Professional Golf Tour
Since its inception as the Peter Jackson Tour in 1971, the
Canadian Tour has evolved into a high-caliber, coast-to-coast
training ground for professionals on their way to the PGA TOUR. Its
alumni include not only the game's Canadian legends, but also many
of its most prominent international names, who have collectively
won 113 PGA TOUR titles and over $450 million in prize money. The
Canadian Tour is widely considered one of the world's top
developmental professional golf tours.
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world's premier membership organization for
touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 100
tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR
Latinoamérica and PGA TOURCanada.
The PGA TOUR's mission is to entertain and inspire its fans,
deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for
volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and
economic impact in communities in which it plays, and provide
financial opportunities for TOUR players.
PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to approximately 715 million
households in 225 countries and territories in 29 languages.
Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations
in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2011, tournaments on the
threeToursgenerated more than $121 million for local charitable
organizations, bringing the TOUR's all-time total of charitable
contributions to more than $1.7 billion.
The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.com, the No. 1 site in
golf, and the organization is headquartered inPonte Vedra