US PGA Tour

US PGA Tour

The US PGA Tour is an organisation that operates the United States of America’s main professional golf tours. It is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA. It is widely recognised as being the most prestigious golf tour in the world.

The PGA Tour became a separate entity in 1968, branching off from the PGA of America, which is now primarily an association of club professionals. (Before 1968, the tour was known as the PGA of America’s “Tournament Players Division”).

Due to a multiplicity of similar names, it is important to distinguish between those events which the PGA Tour does and does not organise. The PGA Tour does not run any of the four major golf tournaments or the Ryder Cup. The PGA of America, not the PGA Tour, runs the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship, and co-organises the Ryder Cup with the PGA European Tour.

Neither is the PGA Tour involved with the women’s tours in the US; these are controlled by the Ladies Professional Golfers’ Association, the LPGA. The PGA Tour is also not the governing body for the game of golf in the United States; this, instead, is the role of the USGA, which organises the US Open.

What the PGA Tour does organise are the remaining week-to-week events, including The Players Championship and the FedEx Cup events, as well as the biennial Presidents Cup.

In 1981, the PGA Tour had a marketing dispute with the PGA of America and decided to officially change its name. Beginning in late August 1981, it became the TPA Tour, for the “Tournament Players Association”. The disputed issues were resolved within seven months and the tour’s name was changed back to the “PGA Tour” in March 1982, before any majors (or The Players Championship) were played.

PGA Tour betting, for those who fancy the odd wager, is a great way of getting involved in the sport. There are some players who have been regular performers on the PGA Tour in recent years, and who warrant closer inspection during the 2008 AT&T Classic.