PGA Tour Canada is still on the hunt for a national sponsor as it looks to extend the current nine-stop circuit to 12 or 13 tournaments with future stops likely in the Vancouver and Toronto areas, as well as in Quebec.
“We are moving forward and we are having some conversations,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said of finding a national sponsor for PGA Tour Canada.
“The thing about a national sponsor is, it’s just like a tournament — you want a sponsor because it assists your ability to stage the event, but in this case, it’s important to have the right sponsor.
“Web.com Tour [the PGA’s main development tour] has become such a great sponsor with that tour,” explained Finchem. “You want a sponsor that will have the ability, the inclination, the market focus to be engaged across the spectrum of the tour in the various markets.
“Not every company fits that bill so we’re taking our time. It’s not a pre-requisite for this tour being successful, but we think it would bring more energy, more support and more focus to the growth.”
PGA Tour Canada launches this coming week with the Times Colonist Island Savings Open at Uplands Golf Club, starting Thursday. — Mario Annicchiarico
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