The new Legends Tour will be part-owned by Staysure founder and CEO Ryan Howsam. Paul McGinley from Sky Sports will be one of the ambassadors for the Legends Tour along with major champions Ian Woosnam, Darren Clarke, Michael Campbell, Paul Lawrie and Tom Lehman as well as eight-time European No 1 legend Colin Montgomerie.
Staysure founder and CEO Ryan Howsam will become the majority shareholder and take control of the Tour's commercial activities. One of his main priorities will be to generate more involvement with amateurs, including an Order of Merit for regular competitors in the pro-am events, with a Legends Club being created to enhance the amateur experience.
Mark Aspland will stay on as Head of the Legends Tour. It is scheduled to resume next year after the entire 2020 season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The key aims of the new Legends Tour
- Top class experience for professionals and amateurs through the Pro-Am with a dedicated Order of Merit for amateurs.
- Season long Legends Club offering a premium experience for amateurs.
- A new Tour focused on revenue growth to drive prize funds and profitability.
"Staysure has been involved with the tour since 2017 as a title sponsor, and I believe the untapped commercial potential that the Legends Tour has to offer is unlimited. "Together we will build this into a brand for professionals, including Ryder Cup players and European Tour winners, as well as amateurs, spectators, promoters and sponsors alike.
Golf is unique in that it has high profile and lucrative competitions for players in the over 50s age group. "This is our expertise. Competitions will be talked about, loved, and watched, and we will be rewarding and supporting our members with prize money and endorsements each season."
Paul McGinley added "being an ambassador for the Legends Tour is a unique opportunity to be a part of a ground-breaking shift in the golf tour model. "I have seen Ryan's plans and it is an exciting time to be a player on the Legends Tour.
There is a real emphasis on putting players at the forefront of the brand while engaging the amateurs through the alliance format and Legends Club and I am excited to see how the Tour grows and develops moving forward."