PGA TOUR Latinoamérica announces 2022-23 schedule
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — PGA TOUR Latinoamérica announced its 2022-23 schedule on Wednesday, a slate of 12 tournaments that will take players to seven different countries, with three tournaments in 2022 and the rest played between March and June 2023. The Tour is in its 11th season after enjoying its 10th anniversary campaign in 2021-22 and sending many players to the Korn Ferry Tour, while watching other alumni achieve their dreams of becoming a PGA TOUR member. The upcoming season will also be the second where players will compete for the Totalplay Cup, a points-based system that rewards player performance. Totalplay is also offering a bonus of US$100,000 to the top 10 in the points standings, with the top points earner at the end of the season winning $20,000.
“This is a strong group of tournaments that we offer to our members and as always players will have the opportunity to prove themselves in various cities and on world-class golf courses that will put test their abilities,” said Todd Rhinehart, PGA TOUR Latin America Executive Director. “The caliber of players on our Tour continues to impress, and it’s not hard to imagine one of those players moving on to the Korn Ferry Tour and eventually the PGA TOUR. The talent level is just good.
Argentina, a country steeped in golfing tradition and steeped in PGA TOUR Latinoamérica history, will see the most action, with the country hosting four events. The season begins at the historic 116 Open VISA Argentina presented by Macro and ends at the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Championship in Mexico. The Tour will also visit Mexico and Colombia, for two tournaments each, as well as events in Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru.
“We were extremely proud to complete our 2020-21 season under difficult circumstances in the midst of a global pandemic. Coming back last season and running the tournaments we hosted and sending players on the Korn Ferry Tour was extremely rewarding,” Rhinehart continued. “Being able to stage a strong tournament series again is no small task, and we recognize and appreciate the local organisers, country golf federations and countless others who provide these playing opportunities for players from around the world. our tour.”
The first 11 tournaments of this season are 72-hole and 36-hole events played from Thursday to Sunday. The season-ending tournament is open to the top 60 players on the Totalplay Cup leaderboard and is a 72-hole non-cup tournament, which also ends on Sunday.
The PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season begins November 28-December 4 for the 116 VISA Argentina Open presented by Macro. Not only will the winner take an early advantage in the Totalplay Cup race, they will also receive an invitation from the R&A to play in The Open Championship 2023, the 151st edition of golf’s oldest tournament, at Royal Liverpool in England. After the season opener the following week (December 5-11), the Tour remains in Argentina for the Neuquen Argentina Classic in Chapelco. The 2022 portion of the calendar wraps up in Santiago, Chile for the Scotia Wealth Management Chile Open presented by Volvo (December 12-18).
“It’s a great opener to our season and gives players three important tournaments to play before the January-February break we’re seeing as we enter the new calendar year,” Rhinehart continued.
The action returns to Argentina when the Tour resumes March 13-19, for the Termas de Rio Hondo Invitational in Rio Hondo. The players will remain in the country for an as-yet-unnamed tournament scheduled for March 20-26. It’s still in the planning stage, with details announced in the near future. The JHSF Brazil Open at Fazenda Boa Vista in Sao Paulo will follow (March 27-April 2).
Another national open will follow, from April 24 to 30, the Diners Club Peru Open in Lima, at the Los Inkas Golf Club. It is a course that has hosted a PGA TOUR Latinoamérica tournament every year the Tour has been in operation. The visit to Peru is followed by the Quito Open in Ecuador, May 1-7.
After the success of last season, when Colombia hosted back-to-back tournaments, in Bogota and Bucaramanga, the country will do the same in the upcoming season, with the Colombia Classic from May 22-28 in Bucaramanga and the El Rincon Championship in El Rincon de Cajica in the suburbs of Bogota a week later.
The 2022-23 season concludes with back-to-back tournaments in Mexico, in Guadalajara, for the Jalisco Open GDL from June 19-25, followed by the campaign’s closing tournament, the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Championship, in Quintana Roo from June 26 to July 2nd. .
In addition to their place in the Totalplay Cup, the four tournaments in Argentina will constitute the Zurich Argentina Swing, a competition that rewards the player with the best performances and the most points accumulated in the events in Argentina. The winner of the Zurich Argentina Swing will receive a bonus of US$10,000. A year ago, Argentinian Jorge Fernández Valdés won the Swing, beating fellow Argentinian Alejandro Tosti by 219 points. The Zurich Argentina Swing continues to have a significant impact on the community.
In the second season of the Totalplay Cup, players will attempt to follow in the footsteps of American Mitchell Meissner, winner of the Totalplay Cup and Tour Player of the Year, who won the initial $20,000 bonus in June. last. Meissner is currently preparing to play his first season on the Korn Ferry Tour.
“We look forward to every tournament we enter this season and can’t wait to get started,” added Rhinehart. “We also very much appreciate our partners Totalplay and Zurich, as well as our other partners, who provide additional incentives to our players. Their involvement adds significant drama to our season.
In November, the Tour will host its first two qualifying tournaments, both in Florida, to help determine membership for the 60 players who retained playing privileges after the 2021-22 season. After these two tournaments, the Tour will hold a qualifying tournament in Mazatlán, Mexico, and one in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the week before the start of the season.