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PGA TOUR Canada announces 2013 schedule

Seven events confirmed with an additional event announcement upcoming. Season to be played from June-September with $150,000 purses.

(PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL and OAKVILLE, ON January 31, 2013) — PGA TOUR Canada is pleased to announce an initial seven event schedule to be contested from coast to coast in 2013. At least one additional event will be announced later this year. The Times Colonist Island Savings Open in Victoria, BC will kick off the inaugural season of PGA TOUR Canada June 3-9, launching a new chapter in Canadian golf. The Tour will begin play in June before heading across the country and finishing in September.

“We are delighted to announce the inaugural schedule of PGA TOUR Canada,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “This Tour presents a tremendous opportunity for the growth of the game in Canada and we’re excited about the future of this tour in the coming years. From The Presidents Cup to the RBC Canadian Open, the PGA TOUR has always been welcomed in Canada. We’ve seen an outstanding appetite and level of support for the game, and we look forward to engaging that interest this year.”

The top five players on the Order of Merit at season’s end will earn playing status for the 2014 Web.com Tour, with the top player receiving exempt status for the season. Players finishing 6-10 on the Order of Merit will be exempt into the final stage of the Web.com Tour Q-School in Fall 2013.

The race for “The Five” begins June 3-9 in Victoria, BC at the 30th playing of the Times Colonist Island Savings Open. After a week off, the ATB Financial Classic presented by TELUS takes place June 17-23 in Calgary, AB, with the Dakota Dunes Open returning to Saskatoon, SK two weeks later on Canada Day, July 1-7. The Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON begins the next week, July 8-14 in Fort McMurray, AB, followed by The Players Cup July 15-21 in Winnipeg, MB.

After a 12-year hiatus, The Tour makes its return to Atlantic Canada to play the inaugural Cape Breton Celtic Classic in Nova Scotia September 2-8. The 2013 PGA TOUR Canada season will come to a close at the Tour Championship of PGA TOUR Canada September 9-15.

“This is a very solid starting point for our schedule,” said PGA TOUR Canada President Jeff Monday. “Our goal is to provide our members with quality events with long-term commitments, which leave a lasting impact in the communities we play and we feel we are well on our way to achieving those goals. We are working on several opportunities to increase the number of events not only this year but in 2014.”

With the top five players heading to the Web.com Tour at the end of the season, PGA TOUR Canada strengthens its status as a world-class Tour for players to develop and prepare for the game’s highest levels, both on and off the course. The summer-long schedule will give players an opportunity to prove themselves over the course of the season on the way to the Web.com Tour.

"Over the past 23 years, the Web.com Tour has been the path to the PGA TOUR for a number of Canadian players," said Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee. "With an exciting new era in PGA TOUR qualifying upon us, we look forward to watching the talent develop on PGA TOUR Canada, and ultimately watching them compete for the 50 PGA TOUR cards on the Web.com Tour."

PGA TOUR Canada Q-School will be conducted April 7-12 at the Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon (The Legends and The Champions courses) in Beaumont, CA, with more details about registration coming soon.

About PGA TOUR Canada

PGA TOUR Canada is a series of $150,000 events to be played across Canada this summer. The leading five money winners at the end of the season will earn highly placed status on the Web.com Tour in 2014.

PGA TOUR Canada’s mission is to deliver a PGA TOUR experience for members, fans, volunteers and our partners in order to develop the future stars of professional golf & enrich the communities we visit.

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 TOUR Canada.

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 the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.

Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to nearly 945 million households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2012, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $122 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.8 billion.

The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Webpage: www.pgatourcanada.com

Twitter: @PGATOURCanada

Facebook: facebook.com/PGATOURCanada

Nelson Silverio, PGA TOUR, nelsonsilverio@pgatourhq.com, 904-273-3528






Nelson Silverio    1/31/2013


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