PGA Tour Latinoamérica releases inagural schedule


PGA Tour Latinoamérica released its inaugural schedule Wednesday, announcing an 11-tournament docket of 72-hole events running from September through December. Seven countries will play host to events in the four-month season.

The schedule begins with a pair of events in Mexico, starting Sept. 3 with the Mundo Maya Open. The Monterrey Open follows a week later, and the month ends with the Colombian Open.

The Brazil Open and a trip to Argentina for the Roberto de Vicenzo Invitational highlight October.

In November, the tour has a trio of events in Peru, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. The final month of the season marks a return to Colombia before a final pair of tournaments in Argentina, the Olivos Golf Classic and the Argentine Open.

Ahead of the season, a pair of qualifying tournaments will be held in Argentina from Jun 25-29 and in Miami from July 30-Aug. 3. From each event, 35 players will qualify for membership this season. The tour announced 43 players are already exempt for the season, with another 10 gaining membership based upon their performance on the Tour de las Americas whose season concludes June 3.

The total purse for the inaugural season is $1.43 million. A to-be-determined number of top finishers on the money list will gain membership on the 2013 Nationwide Tour.

In 2013, the PGA Tour Latinoamérica anticipates a split-season schedule, with tournaments running from March to May as well as the fall schedule.