Tour Report: LatinoAmerica schedule announced

December 20, 2012

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — PGA TOUR Latinoamérica announced its 2013 schedule on Thursday.

The Tour will consist of 15 events in nine countries and will be spread over two swings. The season begins March 11 with the Mexico Open in Mexico City followed by the Transamerican Open in Guadalajara, Mexico the following week.

Other events include the Abierto del Centro in Cordoba, Argentina, the Chile Open in Santiago, Chile, the Mexican Open in Mexico City and a new event in Brazil. Additionally, the Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational will move from Buenos Aires to Montevideo, Uruguay for this season.

“We are delighted by PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s inaugural season and are encouraged by its growth heading into next season” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “We set out to develop a Tour to help identify and provide a pathway to the best players in the region and I feel that our inaugural season and upcoming calendar are indications of a bright future. The race for the Top-five on this year’s Order of Merit shaped up nicely and we look forward to welcoming the Tour’s newest members next season. The growth of this Tour is a testament to the appetite for golf in Latin America and its growing economy.”

After a three-week break, the Tour resumes at the Abierto del Centro in Cordoba, Argentina on April 15. The following week the Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational will be played in Montevideo, Uruguay and the Club de Golf de Uruguay, a new country and venue for the event. The Colombian Open will then be contested from April 29-May 5.

The first part of the schedule concludes with a three-week stretch beginning May 13 in Mérida, Mexico, followed by a two-week visit to the Caribbean with the Puerto Rico Classic returning to Dorado’s East Course and the Dominican Republic Open at Cana Bay Golf Club ending on June 2. You can see the complete schedule here.

“We’re excited about our first season and looking forward to a future with some new events and venues that we think will help carry the positive momentum of our first season forward” said Jack Warfield, President of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. “The coordinated work of our partners, players and staff coupled with fan and media support, have made it possible for us to continue growing. The new events and venues are a testament to the fulfillment of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s vision which is to develop a region-wide Tour of successful events all in an effort to help develop the stars of the future.”

The second swing of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s 2013 schedule begins in Brazil with a new event the week of Oct. 7 followed by the Brazilian Open in Rio De Janeiro at Gavea Golf Club. The season continues at the Colombian Coffee Classic from Oct. 28-Nov. 3, followed up by the Peru Open at Los Inkas GC in Lima and a new event, the Chile Open at Los Leones GC in Santiago from Nov. 11-17. The race for “Los Cinco” ends in Buenos Aires once again with the last two events of the season, the Olivos Golf Classic and the Argentine Open contested in Buenos Aires beginning on Nov. 25 and concluding on Dec. 8. Tour president Bill Calfee welcomed five new members to his Tour at the conclusion of this PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season. The top-five players moved up to the Tour, which, beginning in 2013, will become the path to the PGA TOUR for aspiring professional golfers.

"Since playing its first event in Panama in 2004 to our recent addition of an event in Brazil, the Tour has established a solid footprint in Latin America, paving the way for PGA TOUR Latinoamérica to establish a region-wide presence across nine countries," said Calfee. "We look forward to welcoming PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s top-five players to the Tour in February as they strive to play their way onto golf’s greatest stage, the PGA TOUR."