Tour de las Américas

The Tour de las Américas (TLA) was the principal men’s professional golf tour throughout Latin America and the Caribbean from 2000 through to 2012 when it was superseded by PGA Tour Latinoamérica.

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Top level tournament golf in Latin America has had an unstable history. Some of the national open championships in the region are long established, but they did not traditionally form a coherent tour. From the late 1950s through to the mid 1970s the Caribbean Tour, which was affiliated with the PGA Tour, comprised only a small number of tournaments but attracted entrants from leading European and American golfers. As interest from PGA Tour players dwindled, the tour eventually withdrew their support and the Caribbean Tour folded. The next attempt was the IMG promoted South American Tour, which began in 1979 with the existing national opens of the five leading Latin American countries and a circuit prize sponsored by Pierre Cardin.[1]

A new circuit was founded in 1991, the Tour Sudamericano,[2] which would become the first long-lived stable tour in the region. In 2000, new owners relaunched the tour under the name Tour de las Américas with the aim of creating a schedule which would cover the whole region from Argentina to the Caribbean, and gain broader media exposure. The tour soon introduced a policy of co-sanctioning some events with Europe’s second tier Challenge Tour, and some years later, in 2008, a similar arrangement was agreed with the Canadian Tour. The TLA also co-operated with the Nationwide Tour; whereby some of the leading Tour de las Américas players are given entries to specific Nationwide Tour events.

In the early 21st century, Latin America was the only region of the World which still did not have a professional tour which was a full member of the International Federation of PGA Tours, the Tour de las Américas having joined the federation as an associate member on July 30, 2007. In August 2010, the Governing Board of the Official World Golf Ranking made a provisional announcement that the tour would offer ranking points starting in 2011.[3] The first tournament to receive ranking points was 2011 Abierto de Chile[4]

Season Player Country Points Earnings (US$)
2012 Marco Ruiz  Paraguay 26,884
2011 Joaquín Estévez  Argentina 51,970
2010 Julián Etulain  Argentina 56,593
2009 Peter Gustafsson  Sweden 40,934
2008 Estanislao Goya  Argentina 58,104
2007 Miguel Rodríguez  Argentina 60,180
2006 Fabrizio Zanotti  Paraguay 68,790
2005 Daniel Barbetti  Argentina 41,514
2004 Rafael Gómez  Argentina 59,220
2003 Eduardo Argiró  Argentina 48,174
2001–02 Rafael Gómez  Argentina 55,987
2000–01 Angel Romero  Colombia 49,396
South American Tour
1999 Scott Dunlap  United States
1998 Raúl Fretes  Paraguay
1997 Ricardo González  Argentina
1996 Pedro Martínez  Paraguay
1995 Ángel Cabrera  Argentina
1994 Raúl Fretes  Paraguay
1993 Carlos Franco  Paraguay
1992 Eric Woods  United States
1991 Ángel Franco  Paraguay

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