Pro Golf Tour: Tournament series in europe
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Information about the tour, the way to the tour, the most important questions, history & the team
What's the Pro Golf Tour?
The Pro Golf Tour, founded in 1997, enters into its 25th year in 2021. In recent years over the course of more than 20 tournaments in six countries, taking place between January and September, about €650,000 in prize money was shared out between the participating professionals. Shareholders of the Pro Golf Tour include the PGA of Germany, respectively its umbrella association, Professional Golf AG and Langer Sport Marketing GmbH.
The Pro Golf Tour, founded in 1997, enters into its 25th year in 2021. In recent years over the course of more than 20 tournaments in six countries, taking place between January and September, about €650,000 in prize money was shared out between the participating professionals. As well as the PGA of Germany, and respectively its umbrella association, shareholders in the Pro Golf Tour include Professional Golf AG with its headquarters in Munich and Langer Sport Marketing GmbH from Augsburg.
The Pro Golf Tour is recognised by the European Tour as the gateway to the Challenge Tour and is, consequently, one of four official Satellite Tours. This means: whoever finishes among the top players on the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit at the end of the season will receive their tour card to participate on the Challenge Tour the following year. In addition, the top rankings are exempt from Level 1 of the qualifying school, meaning that they have already jumped the first hurdle on their way to the golf's premiere competition, the European Tour.
The ever increasing popularity among the outstanding field of international golfers very much confirms that the Pro Golf Tour is becoming increasingly popular with each and every year of its existence. The Tour enjoys an outstanding reputation for its professionalism and as an ideal gateway onto the Challenge Tour. Accordingly, the quality and size of the participant field is also continuing to increase. Altogether, up to 156 golfers can go to the tee at Pro Golf Tour tournaments. The participating golfers come from over 30 different nations.
The most prominent former member of the Pro Golf Tour is Martin Kaymer from Mettmann. Kaymer, who topped the rankings list in 2006 with five tournament victories, set a new German record round at the Habsberg Classic, needing only 59 shots to get around and qualified for the European Tour that same year through the Pro Golf Tour and the Challenge Tour (two victories). On 28th February 2011, Martin Kaymer climbed to number 1 on the Official World Golf Ranking list.
Reports and images from the individual open tournaments which make up the tour are provided in English and German on the websites www.progolftour.de and www.pro-golf-tour.com, also on the social media accounts of the Pro Golf Tour on Facebook and Twitter. The headquarters of Pro Golf Tour and the tour office are located in Diedorf near Augsburg. The managing directors of the Pro Golf Tour are Rainer Goldrian and Peter Zäh.
8 Pro Golf Tour questions
What is the Pro Golf Tour?
The Pro Golf Tour founded in 1997 and run under the name EPD Tour until 2012 is taking place for the 25th time in 2021. Prize money of ca. EUR 600,000 will be distributed to participating professionals between January and October at probably more than 20 tournaments in up to six countries. Besides PGA of Germany, or its parent company Professional Golf AG based in Munich, the Pro Golf Tour's other shareholder is Langer Sport Marketing GmbH.
The Pro Golf Tour is recognised by the European Tour as a gateway to the Challenge Tour and is therefore one of four official satellite tours. That means: anyone who occupies one of the top rankings in the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit at the end of the season is authorised to play on the Challenge Tour the following year. The ranking list leaders are also exempt from level 1 of the Qualifying School and have therefore already overcome the first hurdle on their way to the premier league of golf, the European Tour.
Last but not least, the steadily growing popularity of outstanding international players confirms that the Pro Golf Tour is becoming more attractive from year to year and is enjoying a superb reputation as a professional tour and suitable gateway to the Challenge Tour. The quality and size of the field of participants is continuously rising accordingly. There are up to 156 players in total who tee off at the Pro Golf Tour tournaments. Participants come from over 25 different nations.
The most famous former member of the tour is Martin Kaymer from Mettmann, who won the ranking list in 2006 with five tournament wins, played a new record round of 59 at the Habsberg Classic and qualified in the same year for the European Tour via the EPD Tour and Challenge Tour (two wins). Martin Kaymer climbed to first place in the golf world rankings on 28th February 2011.
What conditions does a professional need to fulfil to play on the Pro Golf Tour?
Any professional can take part in the Pro Golf Tour tournaments. As a result there are no barriers to entry that players have to overcome. It is also possible to join the Pro Golf Tour at any time during the season.