The season-ending $8 million DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, played at Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 21-24, 2019, is to become the richest prize in world golf.
The European Tour has announced that the winner will now pocket a cheque for $3 million, an increase of 125 percent from the $1.33 million won by Englishman Danny Willett at last year’s tournament.
The DP World Tour Championship, a Rolex Series event, will also feature an even more exclusive player field than ever before as it will reduce from 60 to the top 50 players on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.
Danny Van Otterdijk, SVP Communications, DP World said: “This news is testament to the success of DP World’s ten-year partnership with the European Tour, and we are thrilled that our investment has allowed the tournament to continue to grow and maintain its position at the pinnacle of the European Tour.
"This news can only have a positive impact on the game, that will allow it to flourish and grow even more over the next ten years.”
The creation of the largest first prize in the history of golf was one of several changes announced including an amendment to the $5 million Race to Dubai Bonus Pool, which will now be divided among the top five players in the Race to Dubai instead of the top 10, with the 2019 winner claiming $2 million, up from the $1.25 million claimed by Italian Francesco Molinari last year.
The two Rolex Series events preceding the DP World Tour Championship on the schedule – the Turkish Airlines Open from November 7-10 and the Nedbank Golf Challenge presented by Gary Player from November 14-17 – have also seen their first prizes significantly increased.
The field sizes for all three final events of the season have been revised and reduced to show a clear progression from event to event; with the leading 70 players from the Race to Dubai playing in Turkey, the leading 60 competing in South Africa, and the leading 50 lining up in Dubai.
Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour, said: “The changes we have announced today in terms of enhanced winner’s cheques, Race to Dubai points and Bonus Pool dividend are designed to increase the excitement around the end of the season for our fans, as well as encourage greater top player participation in our final three events.
“With the revised prize money breakdown and the extra Race to Dubai points in place for 2019, this provides a tremendous incentive for our players.”For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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