There is no concern on the part of the Canadian Tour about the new PGA Tour Latinoamerica, which will see 11 events played in seven countries across Latin America, beginning next fall.
Commissioner Rick Janes says he’s seen it coming for 10 years through discussions with Henrique Lavie, his counterpart with the Tour de Las Americas.
The Canadian Tour is involved with events in March and April in Colombia and Mexico, but Janes points out that the new set-up could have considerable upside for players who toil here during the summer.
“We’ll be lobbying for exemptions for our top players into this circuit,” said Janes. “It probably creates a better opportunity for our players.”
There is one concern, however.
“The suggested timing for the qualifying school is, perhaps, July or August when we’re still in full swing. That’s something that needs to be addressed,” he said.
That aside, it’s conceivable that a promising, developing player from any country will be able to move directly from the Canadian Tour to the new loop to extend the season.
“The idea of this is to spur on the development of golf in Latin America and one of the ways to do that, of course, is to give these young, developing players an opportunity to play at a higher level,” he said.
“I would like to see our top players get a bye into these events. That’s something to shoot for and that’s what we’re going to be lobbying for,” said Janes