DP World Tour announces global 2023 schedule

DUBAI, The DP World Tour today announced its full 12-month schedule for the 2023 season, featuring a minimum of 39 tournaments in 26 countries, once again emphasising its position as golf’s global Tour.

DP World Tour members will compete for an overall prize fund of US$144.2 million across the tournaments outside the Major Championships and WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, including an increased bonus pool of US$6 million for the leading eight players on the DP World Tour Rankings in Partnership with Rolex.

As part of this record total prize fund, the 2023 season will also see the introduction of a new Earnings Assurance Programme for DP World Tour members.

Exempt players in categories 1-17 will be guaranteed minimum earnings of US$150,000 if they compete in 15 or more events as part of the programme, which was agreed by the DP World Tour’s Tournament Committee last week.

Both the record prize fund, increased bonus pool and Earnings Assurance Programme have been made possible by the DP World Tour’s operational joint venture partnership with the PGA TOUR which was announced in June.

Keith Pelley, DP World Tour’s Chief Executive, said, “For us to be able to offer our members record prize funds and enhanced earning opportunities is massive, particularly when global economies are still feeling the effects of the pandemic and with the new challenge of rising inflation significantly putting pressure on costs in all facets of our business.

“Our overall prize fund for the 2023 season represents US$50 million more than 2021 and also underlines the strength of our partnership with the PGA TOUR, who are working with us to drive revenue and a long-term growth plan.

“One of the many benefits we have been able to introduce because of this partnership is the new Earnings Assurance Programme, similar to what they already have on the PGA TOUR. I have always believed that it is an incredible accomplishment for any professional golfer to simply gain their playing rights on the DP World Tour and this new initiative recognises and rewards that achievement.

“Although we will never lose the magic of the meritocracy and purity of a performance-based structure, this now offers certainty of income to those players who have made it to the pinnacle of the professional game in Europe.

“Alongside the John Jacobs Bursary for the top five players who graduate to the DP World Tour from the Challenge Tour, it will provide security and a strong platform for emerging players in particular as they come through the global pathways we have created.”

Included in the DP World Tour’s record prize fund of US$144.2 million is an increase in the tournament prize funds for the first four Rolex Series events of 2023. The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, Dubai Desert Classic, Genesis Scottish Open and BMW PGA Championship all move from US$8 million in 2022 to US$9 million next year, ahead of the US$10 million season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

The DP World Tour’s global schedule begins with on 24th November, 2022, with a double header – the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship in Brisbane and the Joburg Open in South Africa. The former is one of two tournaments in Australia on the DP World Tour schedule as part of the Strategic Alliance with the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, while the latter is one of six events co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour, also as part of a strategic alliance.

Four new tournaments in Asia are also included on the 2023 schedule, with the Singapore Classic (9th-12th February) and Thailand Classic (16th-19th February) taking place in consecutive weeks, followed by the Tour’s first trip to Japan for the ISPS HANDA – CHAMPIONSHIP (20th-23rd April) and a return to Korea for the first time since 2013 (27th-30th April).

In Europe, there are dates changes for several tournaments, including the Horizon Irish Open moving to 7th-10th September, while the Italian Open will take place from 4th-7th May ahead of venue Marco Simone Golf & Country Club hosting the 2023 Ryder Cup from 29th September – 1st October.

There is also a new three-week summer break in the schedule following the 151st Open Championship and Barracuda Championship (both 20th-23rd July), which has been introduced following player feedback. Further details about the autumn events will be announced in due course.

Source: Emirates News Agency