The PGA EuroPro Tour
is a men's developmental professional golf tour
. It was created in 2002 by the merger of two older development tours, the EuroPro Tour and the PGA Mastercard Tour. It is based mainly in the United Kingdom
, with a few events in other countries. Most of the players are British, with others coming from Ireland
, Continental Europe
, New Zealand
and South Africa
The purpose of the tour is to provide young professional golfers
with a platform to launch a tournament career. In 2005, the total prize money was approximately £1 million. Top prizes were £10,000 in standard events and £20,000 at the tour championship. The leading money winner won just under £55,000. The PGA EuroPro Tour is not lucrative in itself, but it can provide a stepping stone towards the multi-million dollar incomes available at the highest level of golf. The top few finishers on the order of merit win a tour card for the following season on Europe's second tier golf tour, the Challenge Tour
, and also a place at the Stage Two Qualifying School for the European Tour
(which is the second stage of three).
Each event on the tour was broadcast in 2006 as a ninety minute highlights package on Sky Sports
in the United Kingdom. However, a new deal has been agreed that will see each programme for the 2007 season last for two hours. The tour is shown in the Golf Channel
in the United States, and on several other channels around the......