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The Globe and Mail Tour announces 25 event schedule for 2013

The Tour unveiled its 2013 schedule which features a record-low 25 events - three fewer than this season's calendar.

The new schedule stretches across 16 states, five Latin American countries including a new event in Brazil and will conclude with the Tour's new four-event Finals series.

The Tour's 24th season will start the third week in February with consecutive events in Panama, Colombia and Chile. The first North American event is the Chitimacha Louisiana Open near Lafayette in late March before the Tour heads back out on the road for a new event in Brazil at the beginning of April.

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The Cox Classic will close out the 21-event Regular Season in late August. That tournament will determine which 25 players will earn their PGA Tour card for the 2013-14 season as well as identify the top-75 Tour players who will go on to compete in the newly created Tour Finals. The top 75 will be joined at the Finals by the 75 players who fail to qualify for the FedExCup playoffs on the PGA TOUR.

The inaugural Tour Finals will consist of four events starting in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It will be followed by tournaments in Charlotte, N.C., Columbus, Ohio and culminating with the Tour Championship, which will determine which players earn the 25 additional PGA Tour cards for the 2013-14 season.

Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C. and Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., will be among the regular fixtures on the Tour next year having earned full-time status at the recently completed PGA Tour Q-school. Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., also grabbed one of the full-time Tour spots by tying for 73rd place Monday.

Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont., Ryan Yip of Calgary, Matt Hill of Sarnia, Ont., and Mitch Evanecz of Red Deer, Alta. will have conditional status in 2013 after finishing outside the top 75 at Q-school.

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