CARLSBAD, Calif. — The rapidly expanding PGA Senior Tour will include its first $1 million tournament, a $1-million bonus pool and a $630,000 super-seniors circuit.
The programs were announced jointly by PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., manufacturers of Vantage cigarettes, a major sponsor on the regular PGA Tour last year. Vantage's total sponsorship package will be more than $3 million. Other sponsors on the tour bring the total prize money to more than $10 million.
Included in the Vantage package are:
--The $1 million Vantage Championship, in October in North Carolina (the date and site to be announced).
A $1-million bonus pool, the Vantage Cup, to be divided between individual players and tournament sponsors. Money will be awarded on a year-long point list based on players' finishes in regular-season events.
--Two or three other existing Senior Tour events (to be named), with $500,000 to $750,000 in prize money.
--A super-seniors series, for players 60 or older. Vantage will offer $35,000 at 18 selected Senior Tour events in a separate but simultaneous 36-hole competition for super-seniors. A total of $630,000 will be offered.