Phelan heads to Mexico for PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Q-School
 Kevin Phelan

Kevin Phelan

Waterford's Kevin Phelan will begin his quest for a PGA TOUR Latinoamérica card in Mexico on Tuesday.

The former Walker Cup player (27) left today and will tee it up in the PTLA Qualifying Tournament-Mexico at Estrella del Mar Golf & Beach Resort in Mazatlan from January 16-19.

The PGA TOUR Latinoamérica awards membership to the top-35 finishers and those tied for 35th at each of the four qualifying venues. 

The winner at each site will be exempt for the entire 2018 season and not subject to the reshuffle, where players are ranked at various points during the season based on individual performances.

The next 10 finishers at each tournament site will receive exempt status for the first half of the 2018 season an will be subject to the reshuffle for the second half of the season. 

The remaining 24 players and anyone tied for the last qualifying position, will receive conditional status and will be eligible for the reshuffle.

The first qualifier was held at the Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howie-In-The-Hills in Florida last week.

The other two sites are Los Lagartos in Bogota, Colombia (January 23-26) where former East of Ireland winner Cian Curley has entered, and Pilará Golf Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina (January 30-February 2).

It costs US $2,000 per player to enter.