PGA TOUR History

Golf professionals have competed against each for well over a century, but the growth in popularity of golf as a spectator sport and the new dynamic of television in the 1960s gave rise to a need for specialized support of tournament play — and players.

Responding to the trends, the PGA TOUR has been a leader in the expansion of golf on the course, in the media, and as a force for social good. Commissioner Jay Monahan has championed this broader pursuit to heighten awareness of our game, to emphasize the inherent community impact made through tournament charities and the increasing global reach.

If momentum is on our side, it is owed to a foundation poured by our third commissioner, Tim Finchem. For more than 20 years he steered the TOUR on a growth strategy that includes strengthening the competitions that are the core of our business, expanding our international scope, and creating an organization that’s built for success in the 21st century.

Our strategy has resulted in the creation of the TOUR’s branded entities, including the Champions Tour, the Tour, PGA TOUR Latinóamerica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR Series-China and the World Golf Championships joint venture with other international tour organizations. In addition, we created branded competitions that have further elevated the popularity of tournament golf, including THE PLAYERS Championship, Presidents Cup team competition, and the FedExCup championship.

Other major accomplishments have included founding The First Tee character-building program for young people, significantly increasing prize money, facilitating cooperation among the world’s major golf organizations on issues such as anti-doping, creating the World Golf Hall of Fame, and being instrumental in golf’s re-introduction to the Olympics in 2016.

Today, the PGA TOUR continues to develop new opportunities for expanding the positive impact of golf in communities around the world.