Tim Finchem Q&A regarding PGA TOUR LatinoamericaMay 02, 2012
PGA TOUR staff
Tim Finchem is serving his 19th year as Commissioner of the PGA TOUR. During his tenure, Finchem has helped foster the growth of the game internationally through various initiatives, including the formation of the International Federation of PGA Tours, World Golf Championships, The Presidents Cup and, now, PGA TOUR Latinoamerica.
Commissioner Finchem answered a few questions regarding the announcement of the 2012 PGA TOUR Latinoamerica schedule.
Q. Why did the PGA TOUR create PGA TOUR Latinoamerica??
TIM FINCHEM: The PGA TOUR recognized the potential in the region and took the lead on collaborating with the leading National Golf Federations, promoters, golf clubs and the Tour de las Americas to create this new tour.
We see this as an opportunity to help in the further development of elite players across the region. The timing is right, with South America hosting its first ever Olympic Games, which includes golf's return to the competition for the first time in more than 100 years. The Latin American market has already produced several PGA TOUR stars, and one of our goals for this tour is to help develop the Latin American stars of the future.
Q. How will this help players in the region develop their games??
TIM FINCHEM: The players in the region will have the opportunity to play a guaranteed, consistent schedule with multi-year commitments, which will help prepare them for the higher levels of professional golf and will serve as a pathway to the Nationwide Tour and potentially the PGA TOUR.
These pathways to the higher levels of professional golf is something that is an improvement for the players in the region.
Q. What role will the Tour de las Americas have in this tour and in the future??
TIM FINCHEM: PGA TOUR Latinoamerica is a brand new tour. The Tour de Las Americas' experience and history in the region over the past decade was invaluable during the creation of this tour and its support for the idea was key in getting to this point. Its current Commissioner, Henrique Lavie, will be joining PGA TOUR Latinoamerica as Executive Director. His experience and expertise will help us continue developing PGA TOUR Latinoamerica into the future.
At the conclusion of the 2012 schedule the Tour de las Americas will cease operations and its key staff will work for PGA TOUR Latinoamerica.
Q. Who will lead PGA TOUR Latinoamerica??
TIM FINCHEM: PGA TOUR Latinoamerica will be directed by Jack Warfield who has been named President, PGA TOUR Latinoamerica. Jack has over 20 years of experience in the operation of international golf events including the World Cup, World Golf Championships and Presidents Cup and will continue to work closely with the leaders of golf in the region. He's had the opportunity to work in the region for over 15 years and I know he's excited to lead the PGA TOUR's further expansion into Latin America.
Related FINCHEM Q&A: PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem discusses Latinoamerica. Story LIST OF PLAYERS: Here's the list of 43 players who have already qualified for PGA TOUR Latinoamerica. Player list OFFICIAL SITE The official PGA TOUR Latinoamerica website has been launched. It is available in both English and Spanish. Website
In addition to Jack's leadership, PGA TOUR Latinoamerica will have access to the full resources of the PGA TOUR including expertise in the areas of agronomy, marketing, communications and the overall operations of events.