Everything is all set for the start of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Final Qualifying Tournament at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa’s legendary Great White Course in Miami, Florida. The four-day event is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, July 31 and will feature a field of 140 players from 17 countries competing for 15 fully exempt spots and 10 conditionally exempt spots on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica inaugural season.
The US Qualifier will consist of 72 holes of stroke-play, with a playoff to be contested in case of a tie for the 15th and final full spot available. A berth on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica will provide competitors in the region the opportunity to earn Web.com Tour status. The 2012 season leading money winner will be fully exempt for the 2013 Web.Com Tour, while the next four players will receive highly placed conditional status for that same season.
The qualifying field has a strong international flavor, with competitors representing nations such as France, Germany, Denmark, Spain and India. There are obviously many US players set to challenge, including 2011 PGA TOUR member Will Strickler, four-time Canadian Tour winner Byron Smith and other players with Web.com Tour experience such as Charlie Wyatt and Andrew Putnam.
Among the Latin American hopefuls there are players such as Venezuela’s Alfredo Adrian, who teamed up with Jhonattan Vegas to represent their nation at the 2009 Omega Mission Hills World Cup, Brazil’s Phillippe Gasnier, a competitor at the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines and winner of the 2004 Brazil Open, Colombia’s David Vanegas, a former Tour de las Americas champion who tied for third at the Web.com Tour’s Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open last year, Mexico’s Estanislao Guerrero, a winner last season in his nation’s Negra Modelo Tour, and El Salvador’s Herberth Day, who won his second Central America Amateur Championship last March.
Host of the PGA TOUR’s Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout in 2000 and redesigned in 2005, the Great White Course at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa will provide a great test of golf for those trying to earn the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica card. A 7,171-yard par-72, this Greg Norman Signature Course features numerous palm trees and water hazards that make it tough but visually striking.
The inaugural season of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica is scheduled to begin in September, featuring 11 tournaments in seven countries throughout Latin America.