Hello Fevers. After the association of the Ocean’s 4 course with the PGA of America, I often hear the confusion that exists regarding the acronym “PGA” and the name of the course, in the understanding that it was named by the PGA Tour, but it is not so, because the agreement of the Piñero Group is with the PGA of America. I wrote an article on April 29, 2015 trying to clear up the confusion that has always existed, even before Ocean’s 4 was released, but it persists. That is why I reproduce it in this installment hoping to clarify the doubts. For reasons of space it does not appear from beginning to end on this page, so I ask you to go to www.fiebredegolf.com or www.listindiario.com, and you will be able to read it completely.

PGA Tours

The PGA Tour is the premier North American professional golf circuit for men. It is played almost entirely in the US. Until 1968 the circuit was called the PGA of America’s Tournament Players Division, and was organized by the “Professional Golfers’ Association of America”. The PGA Tour became an independent entity in 1968 and established its headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida (United States). In 1981, the PGA of America prohibited the PGA Tour from using the acronym PGA, so in August of that year the circuit received the name “Tournament Players Association” (TPA), but in March 1982 it was called again as before. after resolving the conflict with the PGA of America. The PGA Tour is not a federation that directs, manages or administers golf in the United States, actions carried out by the United States Golf Association (USGA). The PGA Tour is also in charge of other professional tours such as the Champions Tour, the WEB.com Tour, the PGA Tour Canada, and the PGA Tour Latin America.

The four world golf majors (The Masters, the PGA Championship, US Open, and The Open Championship) are official PGA Tour events, but each is organized independently. The same happens with the tournaments of the World Series of Golf or WGC (World Golf Championships), which are organized by the PGa Tour together with the main professional tours. The PGA Tour also does not organize the Ryder Cup or the Presidents Cup, although both appear on its calendar.

The main golf tournament organized by the PGA Tour is The Players Championship, informally considered the fifth major because it is restricted to the best golfers, and generally has a prize pool superior to all tournaments, including the majors. The Tournament of Champions that takes place in January is the other tournament of the circuit, in which the winners of the previous year’s tournaments compete.

The Tour Championship is the tournament that closes each PGA Tour season since 1987. Since 2007, the PGA Tour has had a playoff format called the FedEx Cup. Among the regular tournaments

The PGA Tour features five invitational tournaments: The Genesis Invitational, Arnold Palmer Invitational, Charles Schwab Challenge, RBC Heritage (formerly Colonial Invitational), and The Memorial Tournament. In addition to the official PGA Tour tournaments, there are several additional tournaments on the tour, including the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

If we want to compare the PGA Tour with other similar entities, it would be with institutions like the NBA, MLB, NHL, and NFL, to name a few.

PGA of America

The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA of America) is an organization of golf professionals. Founded in 1916 and headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, the PGA of America is comprised of more than 31,000 professional ladies and gentlemen golfers. The PGA is intended to raise and set the standards of the profession and to cultivate interest and participation in the sport. The origins of the PGA go back to Charles Campbell Worthington, a wealthy businessman.

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Charles built the Buckwood Inn, an exclusive resort in Delaware, Pennsylvania, with an eighteen-hole golf course designed by AW Tillinghast that was completed around 1910. In 1912, Worthington invited a group of professional golfers to compete on his course, all from the Professional Golfers Association of America, and that is considered the first event of the institution.

History: In February 1916 the Professional Golfers Association was established in New York City. A month earlier, department store owner Mr. Rodman Wanamaker was the guest for lunch at the Wykagyl CC in New Rochelle. This meeting of Wanamaker and the leading golf professionals of the day set the agenda for the formal organization of the PGA of America in New York a month later. The organization’s first president was Robert White, then one of Wykagyl’s greatest golf professionals, so much so that golf historians have named Wykagyl as "the birthplace of the PGA". White is also notable for having designed the Ocean Forest Country Club in Myrtle Beach, SC. On April 10, 1916, the PGA of America was created via the 35 founding members, who signed its constitution and regulations. The first PGA Championship was held in October 1916, with Jim Barnes triumphing. The PGA of America trophy, “The Wannamaker Trophy”, honors the person who promoted the creation of the institution.

How to become a member: To be elected as a PGA member, golf professionals or aspiring golfers must take three levels of golf course education, seminars, written exams, simulation tests, and must pass the PGA playing skills test. institution (it is not worth being a suitcase).

Championships: The PGA conducts major events including the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, and the Ryder Cup. The PGA conducts more than 30 tournaments for its members and trainees, including the PGA Professional National Championship, the PGA Cup, the PGA

Assistant Professional Championship, and the most recent is for women, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

As you can see, both institutions are totally different, with different goals, criteria, organization, and logistics. The PGA Ocean’s 4 deal follows an agreement with the PGA of America, not the PGA Tour. I hope I have clarified everything. Keep the ball on the fairway.

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