The Tour de las Americas Tour gets a preview of its growing stature with the Official World Golf Ranking next month with its inaugural Latin American Tour Championship – thanks to the help of the Canadian Tour.
By co-sanctioning with the Canadian Tour, the TLA has secured OWGR points for more of its events. For starters, top finishers in the Dec. 16-19 season finale at Guaymaral Country Club in Bogotá, Colombia, will receive points.
The top 35 players from the 2010 Canadian Tour Order of Merit were recently extended exemptions in the US$130,000 tournament.
In addition, the TLA announced that a series of four additional events next year in Colombia – co-sanctioned with the Canadian Tour – will be recognized by OWGR.
TLA commissioner Henrique Lavie expects that number only to grow, especially because the OWGR’s governing board in August indicated that stand-alone TLA events would be given consideration as well.
“We have another series of events that will have a good chance to pass the test to reach OWGR: Peru Open, Argentina Open, Torneo de Maestros, Abierto de Antioquia, Brazil Open and some others,” Lavie told Golf360. “We may be in a position to achieve 8-10 events with OWGR.”
The Canadian Tour first made inroads into Latin America in 2008. Players from Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia are now full members on the Canadian Tour. With the Olympics coming to Rio de Janeiro in 2016, efforts to support player development in the region are on the upswing.