The Nationwide Tour is conquering new territory this week with the inaugural Chile Classic Presented by Pacific Rubiales.
It's the first time the Nationwide Tour has been to Chile, with the tournament being played at the Prince of Wales Country Club.
The Chile Classic is the second Tour event to be held in South America, joining the Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open, which was first played in 2010.
The $600,000 purse will feature 144 players that will include a field that is heavy on international players. There are exemptions for the top money winners from last year's Tour da Las Americas Order of Merit and exemptions have been granted to six players from Latin America.
"With golf being added to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the Chile Classic takes on additional significance in contributing to the growth of the game in the region during the run up to the Games," Nationwide Tour president Bill Calfee said.
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The Tour will take next week off before making its domestic debut at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open March 22-25.
John Dell has covered golf for the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina for the last 18 years. His views do not necessarily represent the views of the PGA TOUR. You can reach him at email@example.com.