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PGA Tour Latinoamérica heads into new territories in 2014

Golf’s PGA Tour Latinoamérica has announced it will expand to 16 events in 10 countries across Latin America as it heads into its third season in 2014.

The Tour, to be played in two swings, was launched by the PGA Tour to boost the development of golf in Latin America and next year will add new events in Panama, Guatemala and Mexico. Additionally, after a successful 2013 event, the Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational-Copa will remain in Montevideo, Uruguay for the 2014 season, bringing the number of countries visited by the Tour to 10.

“We are delighted by the NEC Series-PGA Tour Latinoamérica’s growth as we continue to expand playing opportunities to players internationally,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said. “We have graduated 10 PGA Tour Latinoamérica players up to the Web.com Tour and one to the PGA Tour which is the main mission of this Tour – to provide a pathway to the best players in the region to the upper levels of professional golf. The continued growth of this Tour is a testament to the appetite for golf in Latin America and the economic growth in the region.”

The Tour opens its third season on February 17 with the Colombian Open in Bucaramanga, Colombia. The new events include the Guatemala Open at La Reunion Golf Resort and a tournament at Buenaventura Golf Club in Panama on May 19-25. Mexico will host two new events, one in Mazatlan on October 6-12 followed by an as yet unconfirmed tournament.

The season will conclude in Buenos Aires, Argentina once again with the last two events of the season, the Personal Classic and the 109th Abierto de La Republica on December 7.