PGA Tour
PGA Tour
This is the main professional golf tour for men in the United States and North America. Founded in 1929 and broke from PGA in 1968. Tim Finchem is the PGA Tour commissioner. Tiger Woods is the Career money leader with a prize money total of $109,591,058 as of April 20, 2014.
Web.com Tour
Web Tour Logo
This is a satellite tour for the PGA Tour originally named Ben Hogan Tour. Founded in 1990 and sponsored by Ben Hogan Golf Company. From 1993 to 1999 it was called Nike Tour and sponsored by Nike. From 2000 to 2002 it was renamed again to Buy.com Tour and from 2003 to 2007 it was called Nationwide Tour. Darron Stiles is the Career money leader with $1,836,669 total earnings.
PGA European Tour
European Tour
Founded in 1972 this is Europe’s veneration of the PGA Tour. The top career money leader race is a close one between Ernie Els and Lee Westwood with less then 40,000 Euro separating the two. Ernie Els has a career money winnings of 30,000,838 Euro. The PGA European Tour and PGA Tour come head to head in the Ryder Cup.
Champions Tour
Champions Tour
Run by the PGA Tour but for golfers 50 and older it was founded in 1980. Originally named Senior PGA Tour later changed to Champions Tour in October 2002. Hale Irwin holds the top spot in career money winnings with $26,751,036 at the end of 2013 season.
LPGA Tour
LPGA
This is the main professional golf tour for women in the United States and North America. Founded in 1950 and is the oldest continuing women’s pro sports US organization. Annika Sorenstam is at the top of the career money winnings with $22,573,192 as of April 4, 2014.
Ladies European Tour
Ladies European Tour
Founded in 1979 and based in England. The 2 most populer events on the tour are The Evian Championship and Women’s British Open. The tour is run by a board of directors as well as a players’ council.
EuroPro Tour
PGA EuroPro Tour
Founded in 2002 when the European Tour and PGA Mastercard Tour create Europe’s deveopmental Tour for young pro golfers starting there golf career.
PGA Tour Canada
PGA Tour Canada
Founded as Peter Jackson Golf Tour in 1970 and renamed Canadian Professional Golf Tour in 1985. It was given its current name of PGA Tour Canada in 2012. It is still commonly known as the Canadian Tour.
Japan Golf Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Founded in 1973 and has the third highest prize pool. Masashi Ozaki is the career money leader with 2,688,528,253 Yen.
Nordea Tour
Nordea Tour
Sweden’s professional golf tour for men and women and was founded in 1984.
Ecco Tour
Ecco Tour
Based in Denmark and founded in 2006.
European Challenge Tour
European Challenge Tour
Founded in 1986 as a satellite tour for the European Tour.
European Senior Tour
European Senior Tour
Founded in 1992 for male golfers age 50 and over by the PGA European Tour. Carl Mason is the career money winnings leader with a total of 2,510,859 Euro.
Cactus Tour
Cactus Tour
Founded in 2005 created for professional women golfers and is played in the off-season of the LPGA and The Symetra Tour where some pro’s prepare for events. Female golfers looking to start there professional career may start out here.
Gateway Tour
Gateway Tour
Founded in 2001 by Chris Stutts. It’s a third level tour where players will work tward making it into the Web.com Tour.