All I can tell you is this ... when I worked for the TOUR, their "official"
instructions to us were to put it in all caps at all times. It is, in fact,
a copyrighted term, so I suppose that's why they told us to do it that way,
though I never asked any of their legal people why. None of my damn
business WHY they do it. I can tell you that all their in-house
correspondence is written that way, and pretty much any time you see it in
writing (when it comes from them), like in articles written by PGA TOUR
officials that are posted to their website, it's written that way. (Some
articles there are written by *** writers -- like Melanie Hauser, and
others -- and I'm not sure if they always write it that way. But any time
something comes from the on-site media officials of the TOUR, they *always*
write it that way.) That's why I always write it in all-caps, and I
probably always will. Because that's the way the TOUR told me was correct,
and it's the way they want it done. Hey, it's their name, so they're
entitled to say how it should be written. If I licensed you to use my name,
I wouldn't want you writing it rAnDy.
If I'm not mistaken (and I certainly could be), I believe the PGA TOUR also
has the name "TOUR" copyrighted, so that may be the reason for the all-caps.
I mean, "Tour" is used by other tours, but I don't think they use European
TOUR for just that reason -- the all caps version is "owned" by the PGA
TOUR. I think that's right, anyway.
Yes, it's hair-splitting, but them's the copyright rules, and none of the
tours want to step on each others' toes. Or TOES, depending on whose toes
we're talking about. :-)
It's like the difference between Coke and coke. Two different things, two
different meanings. The TOUR is the PGA TOUR. A tour could be any tour,
including one through the mountains or a residential development. A horse
is a horse, of course, of course. Unless it's a HORSE. But I digress...
I never worked for the LPGA, so I don't know whether their officials want
their "tour" referred to as a Tour or TOUR or just the LPGA. Same with the
European Tour. Or TOUR. Or tour. I've never been told by anyone official,
so I don't pay much attention to which way is correct.
But I *have* been told what's correct by PGA TOUR people, so that's how I
> Why does the PGA insist on calling itself the "PGA TOUR" as if "TOUR" is
> acronym? If it is an acronym, what does it stand for? "Tour Of the
> Unbelievably Rich"?
> It makes sense to use the fully capitalized form ("TOUR") when mentioned
> part of the PGA Tour's registered trademark. For example: "PGA TOUR (R)"
> a registered trademark of the PGA of America. I can see how one would
> that it be in all-caps when talking about the trademark since the word
> "tour" happens to be in all-caps in the logo. In any other context, the
> PGA's insistence that its tour be referred to as the "PGA TOUR" is as
> as the man formerly known as "the man formerly known as Prince" once
> insisting that his name be represented by some unpronounceable symbol. (Of
> course, he just calls himself "Prince" again, which is still pretty
> Even in this newsgroup, I've noticed that many posters meticulously spell
> out "PGA TOUR" in all-caps (amid all the typos and spelling errors). I can
> only assume that this is due to the tireless work of the spelling police
> that patrol this newsgroup.
> I've actually seen some posts in this newgroup wherein the poster berates
> another for not capitalizing "Tour". IMO, this kind of hairsplitting is
> ridiculous, but I would assume one could use the lower case and proper
> forms of the word in the following contexts without getting these
> on our backs:
> When referring to the "PGA Tour", the entity, it makes sense to use the
> proper case ("Tour"). For example: Tiger Woods plays on the PGA Tour. For
> brevity in subsequent references to the entity, one could simply refer to
> as "the Tour". However, in this context, the same shortened form "the
> could also be applied to the LPGA Tour, the Nationwide Tour, and the
> Champions Tour if these other tours were the topic of conversation.
> When you are talking in general terms about some professional playing on
> some professional tour, there is nothing wrong with using the all-lower
> form ("tour"). For example: Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam, and Craig
> are professional golfers that regularaly play on tour throughout the year.
> In this context, "on tour" simply means that they travel around to
> participate in tournaments.