Photo: PGA to create Latin American Circuit
PGA Officials have spent the last 18 months meeting with golf federations all through South America and the Caribbean.
Important details, such as finding sponsors, deciding upon the number of tournaments as well as the eligibility criteria are all being considered. Officials say that the initiative to have a south American circuit is critical to help develop Latin American talent, and provide a platform for players to find a way to the pro league. The circuit could be a reality as early as next year.
“If you look at the top 500 in the world ranking, only 14 players are from South America and eight of those come from Argentina,” said Ty Votaw, executive vice president of international affairs who is spearheading the Olympic effort for the PGA Tour. “It’s a part of the world where the development of elite players is something that we see as being an opportunity.”
Latin America is the home of several young outstanding golfers: two-time major champion Angel Cabrera, and PGA Tour winners from Argentina (Andres Romero), Colombia (Camilo Villegas), Venezuela (Jhonattan Vegas) and Paraguay (Carlos Franco).