ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ The Canadian Tour is coming to America, thanks in part to a 10-year agreement with The Golf Channel to televise as many as six tournaments that will be played south of the border.

The Canadian Tour will play at least four tournaments in the United States starting in 2001, and six events in the following years of the contract.

``This is a watershed moment in the history of the Canadian Tour,'' said Jacques Burelle, commissioner of the Canadian Tour.

Players now can earn world ranking points from the Canadian Tour. Burelle said the tour also will be helped by more prize money and visibility.

``It's always been part of our mission to bring the entire world of golf to our viewers,'' said Joe Gibbs, president of The Golf Channel. ``We look to help enhance the exposure and popularity of the Canadian Tour in the U.S., and showcase great professionals who regularly play north of the border.''

Among former Canadian Tour players is Mike Weir, who last year won the Air Canada Championship, one of two Canadian tournaments on the PGA Tour schedule. The sites of the six U.S. tournaments have not been decided.

Also, The Golf Channel will broadcast a 30-minute show every Thursday, from May 25 through Oct. 5, called ``Canadian Tour Golf Week.''