The PGA Tour will provide the Canadian Tour with an operating loan and lend assistance in tournament development and sponsorship in 2012.
Whether the tour will continue that assistance beyond this year is anybody’s guess and the situation will be evaluated over the 2012 season.
“Whether this leads to more direct involvement by the PGA Tour beyond 2012 will depend on a number of factors, including our ability to strengthen and grow the Canadian Tour across Canada from coast to coast,” said Canadian Tour commissioner Rick Janes when the deal was announced.
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There are few who would argue the value of the Canadian Tour in developing players for the highest levels of the game, especially the Nationwide and PGA Tours.
However, the Canadian Tour has struggled financially and tournaments seem to pop on to the schedule, while others fall off.
That’s not to say that the Canadian Tour doesn’t have its fans, but as it stands now, are they enough for the PGA Tour to take a long-term interest?
As much as Canadian golf fans will revel in a Canadian Tour graduate such as Mike Weir winning the Masters, many are not inclined to take an interest in such a player at the development stage. With many, a player isn’t even on the radar until he hits the PGA Tour.
With that in mind, will the Canadian Tour, as Janes pointed out, be able to strengthen and grow enough from coast to coast to make it a viable long-term investment by the PGA Tour?
That’s the question in this week’s GNN Poll.
Will the Canadian Tour be able to strengthen itself this year to make it a viable investment by the PGA Tour as a development circuit?
- YES (51%)
- NO (49%)
You can cast your vote below, or on the GNN Poll and feel free to add any thoughts you have on this subject in the Comments section below.