|On behalf of the PGA TOUR, welcome to the 2018 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 Austin Cook's win at The RSM Classic in 2017, the Web.com Tour alumni win count on the PGA TOUR reached 486. 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 29th season in 2018, 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 23 Regular Season tournaments, opening with The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay and concluding with the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz. For the sixth year, the season will culminate with the four-event Web.com Tour Finals, which have provided a great deal of excitement and attracted significant attention in their first five years. By season's end, the Tour will have traversed 18 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 12 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. As the collective Tours of the PGA TOUR and their individual tournaments surpassed the $2-billion mark in charitable proceeds in January 2014, 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.