Report: PGA Tour creates new tournament series for members of international tours

The PGA Tour is working to resurrect some playing opportunities for members of the Mackenzie Tour, PGA Tour Latinoamerica and PGA Tour China. Players on these international tours felt a hit when the COVID-19 pandemic altered or outright canceled the 2020 season.

Golf Channel reportedly obtained a memo from the PGA Tour that confirmed it would conduct a series of eight tournaments for members of those tours. The series begins Aug. 4-7 with an event at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Georgia. The next six events move around Georgia, Alabama and Florida, with a few venues still to be determined.

A sponsorship announcement for the tour is forthcoming.

The tournaments will consist of 54 holes with 144-player fields and a 36-hole cut to the top 55 and ties, per Golf Channel reporting. A minimum of $100,000 purses will be awarded with a winner’s share of $16,000. The entry fee per event is $675.

The fields for the events will mostly consist of members of those international developmental tours, but could also include Korn Ferry Tour players, sponsor exemptions and top performers from the previous event.

The tournament series reportedly came together after the Tour sent a June email and accompanying questionnaire to players to determine interest and location for the events. According to the Golf Channel, the tournaments will be played with COVID-19 safety protocols in place, which includes everything from daily temperature checks to the absence of caddies to mandating that players avoid public places like gyms and restaurants.

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