Professional golfers who compete on the PGA Tour’s international tours received great news Friday.
The Tour confirmed via email, that has been obtained by GolfChannel.com, that it’s going to conduct a series of eight tournaments, beginning in August, in order to provide playing opportunities to members of the Mackenzie Tour, PGA Tour Latinoamerica and PGA Tour China – all tours that had their seasons either canceled or altered because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 54-hole tournaments will feature 144-player fields, 36-hole cuts to the top 55 and ties, and minimum $100,000 purses with a winner’s share of $16,000. The entry fee per event is $675.
The fields will be filled with international tour exempt members, some Korn Ferry Tour players, sponsor exemptions and top performers from previous event. The series will rank exempt international tour members based on their respective tour eligibility.
A series sponsor is meant to be announced soon.
“For those players who are able to play, we believe this Series will be a great opportunity to play golf in a PGA Tour-sanctioned competition without taking away any of the performance benefits of your respective Tours,” wrote Scott Pritchard, executive director of the Mackenzie Tour.
The Tour sent out a contact to players in early June to gauge interest and help determined locations. In creating the schedule, the Tour tried to limit travel between tournaments and schedule events around KFT Monday qualifiers (the first three events are on weeks where you can find no qualifiers).
The new tournament series begins with three events in Georgia, including an Aug. 5-7 opener at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta. The circuit continues Sept.1-3 in Auburn, Alabama, followed by three events in Florida, though two of them have dates and sites to be determined. The final event is placed for the week of Oct. 26, though no details have already been released apart from the Tour planning to conduct the function at a “resort destination.”
The tournaments have several COVID-19 protocols set up, including daily temperature checks, no caddies allowed and mandates that players avoid fitness gyms, bars and dine-in restaurants throughout tournament weeks.
Here is the current schedule:
- Aug. 4-7: Golf Club of Georgia, Alpharetta, Ga.
- Aug. 10-13: Echelon Golf Club, Alpharetta, Ga.
- Aug. 25-28: Callaway Gardens Resort, Pine Mountain, Ga.
- Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Auburn University Club, Auburn, Ala.
- Week of Sept. 21: TBD, Targeting Northern Florida
- Week of Sept. 28: TBD, Targeting Northern or Central Florida
- Oct. 6-9: The Club at Weston Hills, Weston, Fla.
- Week of Oct. 26: Targeting resort destination