LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA | While Tiger Woods, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and others were busy on Torrey Pines’ South Course during the Saturday round at the recent Farmers Insurance Open, another meaningful tournament was being played without any cameras, without any galleries and just a fraction of the money at stake on the adjacent North Course, where the big tour had played one day earlier.
Both were big deals.
The smaller event was a one-day, 27-hole tournament on the Advocates Professional Golf Association tour, an aspirational mini-tour whose mission is to bring greater diversity to golf through events, player-development programs and mentoring initiatives.
That the tour set up shoulder to shoulder with the PGA Tour for one day was an acknowledgement of what the 11-year old APGA, where Tony Finau and Harold Varner III have played, is doing.
The tour consists of eight events annually with a total purse of more than $250,000. It’s not the big leagues. There are no courtesy cars or lunch buffets, no television contracts or ento...
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