PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida—PGA TOUR Latinoamérica announced the final eight tournaments of its 2019 schedule today, a close to the season that will build on the eight tournaments the Tour has already held this year. The Tour was last in action in early June at the Bupa Match Play in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. The remainder of the 2019 schedule will take players to five countries, the season ending in the U.S.—in Miami—in early December for the Tour Championship open to the top-60 money-winners.
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, in its eighth season, has seen alums enjoy significant success this season. Adam Long, Martin Trainer, Keith Mitchell, Corey Conners and Nate Lashley have won 2018-19 PGA TOUR tournaments, with players winning four additional Korn Ferry Tour titles.
“We have already had a tremendous first half of our season, with eight different players winning our eight tournaments. What is shaping up is a real battle in the season’s second half, and it will be exciting to see who emerges as the Roberto De Vicenzo Award recipient as the Tour’s leading money-winner,” said Jack Warfield, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica President. “It’s not hard to imagine that any of these players on Tour this year will realize success as they continue their professional pursuits, on both the Korn Ferry Tour and, eventually, the PGA TOUR.”
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica resumes its 2019 season the week of September 16-22 in Brazil for the São Paulo Golf Club Championship. The 66 JHSF Aberto do Brasil is a week later, also in São Paulo, concluding this year’s Bupa Challenge. The three-tournaments-in-three-weeks swing culminates September 30-October 6 in Ecuador, for the Banco del Pacífico Open. Following a one-week break, Los Inkas Golf Club in Lima, Peru, will once again host the Diners Club Perú Open presentado por Volvo. Players will then take another week off in preparation for a three-week run in Argentina, beginning October 28-November 3 in Rio Hondo for the first Termas de Río Hondo Invitational. Chapelco is the site of the Neuquén Argentina Classic November 4-10, followed by one of golf’s oldest tournaments, the 114 VISA Open de Argentina presentado por Macro, in Buenos Aires November 11-17. The season concludes December 2-8 for the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Tour Championship in Miami.
The three tournaments in Argentina will mark the end of the Zurich Argentina Swing, a competition that rewards the player with the best performances and most money earned in the Argentina events—two which have already taken place earlier this season. The winner will receive a bonus of U.S $10,000. Tom Whitney sits atop the standings, holding a $3,383 lead over No. 2 Andrés Echavarría. The Zurich Argentina Swing also drives a great community impact with the Birdies for Charity initiative, with Zurich donating money for every birdie or eagle players make on the 18th hole that week, proceeds benefiting Fundación Futuros Profesionales Integrar.
In addition, the Tour is midway through the Bupa Challenge, a set of four designated tournaments that offer another $10,000 bonus prize to the top player in those events. The bonus is courtesy of Bupa Global Latin America, a leading provider of international health insurance worldwide. Currently, Chile’s Cristóbal del Solar is in the lead.
“We very much look forward to the two weeks in Brazil and the three consecutive weeks in Argentina, along with our annual visits to Ecuador and Peru,” Warfield continued. “We’re also very appreciative of our partners Zurich and Bupa Global Latin America who give extra incentives to our players. Their involvement adds significant drama to what is already taking place.
“We’re also excited,” Warfield continued, “that for the fourth consecutive year we will close our season in Miami, which will bring together the best players from the season at an event that always promises drama for the players vying for membership on the Korn Ferry Tour. We appreciate the fact that we continue to operate this Tour with the support of Hilton, Volvo Car Latam, and Go Vacaciones, our Premier Partners, who support PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, its players and tournaments.”
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica has seen its eight 2019 winners come from four different countries: the United States (Jared Wolfe, John Somers, Tom Whitney and Patrick Flavin), Colombia (Andrés Echavarría), Chile (Cristóbal del Solar) and Canada (Drew Nesbitt).