|On behalf of the PGA TOUR, welcome to the 2019 season on the Web.com Tour.|
We appreciate and respect the role the media plays in helping tell the stories of our players and the Tour to golf fans everywhere, and we look forward to continuing to provide you the best service possible in the year ahead.
With Aaron Wise’s win at the AT&T Byron Nelson in May of 2018, the Web.com Tour alumni win count on the PGA TOUR reached 500. With three out of four PGA TOUR members having Web.com Tour roots, this figure will continue to grow at a rapid pace. In the last five years alone, alumni wins have accounted for 60 percent of the victories on TOUR.
As the Web.com Tour enters its 30th season in 2019, it continues to build on recent structural changes that have significantly enhanced the Tour's appeal, presence and profile in the United States and abroad. With all 50 PGA TOUR cards awarded through the Web.com Tour, it clearly is developing the next wave of PGA TOUR stars. And importantly, it has also become the destination for players from the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR China and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, a development that further elevates the Web.com Tour’s stature in the world of golf.
The season-long quest for the 50 PGA TOUR cards features 24 Regular Season tournaments, opening with The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay and concluding with the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz. For the seventh year, the season will culminate with the Web.com Tour Finals, which will go from four to three events in 2019 as we mirror the PGA TOUR’s new schedule and the FedExCup finish. By season's end, the Tour will have traversed 19 states and four countries outside of the United States, including visits to The Bahamas, Colombia, Panama and Mexico.
Golf Channel, the Web.com Tour's exclusive broadcast partner, will continue to bring golf fans up-close-and-personal coverage via four-round telecasts of nine tournaments, all produced in high definition, shared in 180 other countries and territories, reaching a potential 300 million households across 35 channels outside the United States via the PGA TOUR’s international broadcasting operation.
Charity has always been a critical part of the Web.com Tour's fiber, with thousands of volunteers donating their time to the events so organizations in their communities and states can benefit. The PGA TOUR and its tournaments generated a record $190 million for more than 3,000 charitable causes in 2018. The charitable total, which brings the all-time total to $2.84 billion, includes donations made by tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR Series-China, and we congratulate each and every tournament for their participation in another successful year of fundraising on the Web.com Tour.
Once again, thank you for your interest and support of the Web.com Tour. We hope to see you along the way as we follow golf's next wave of stars from January through September.