PGA and DP against the Arab Super League

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PGA and DP against the Arab Super League

A strengthened alliance to counter the advance of the Arab Super League. Between an increase in prize money and direct promotions towards the top American male circuit. The PGA Tour and the DP World Tour have announced that they have expanded a "revolutionary operational partnership" which will last until 2035.

The PGA Tour will increase its existing participation in European Tour Productions from 15 to 40%. And starting in 2023, the top ten players of the DP World Rankings will get the "cards" to play on the top American circuit.

These are the main novelties of the "joint venture"


The strategic alliance between the two circuits got underway in November 2020 and now, after the escalation of the Arab Super League, it is not only renewed but strengthened.

To try to create an increasingly global tour. The European Tour is arguably the second most important tour in men's professional golf after the PGA Tour, but well ahead of all others. What is more difficult to pin down is its stance towards the PGA Tour itself and whether the distance has increased or decreased in recent years.

At the beginning of 2006, five of the ten best players in the Official World Golf Rankings were full-time members of the European Tour, notably Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Sergio García, Adam Scott and Colin Montgomerie.

Two years later, at the beginning of 2008, the number of European Tour players in the top ten is still five, namely Els, Justin Rose, Scott, Pádraig Harrington and Vijay Singh. Except for Montgomerie, however, these players are also members of the PGA Tour, which they consider their main tour after playing in Europe.

Singh had virtually abandoned the European Tour in the late nineties and returned to 2006. It never happens that one of the best players moves from the PGA tour to the European to make it his or her landmark tour. Traditionally the European Tour represents the first stop for quality players from non-European Commonwealth countries, and has long been an asset to players such as Greg Norman and Nick Price.

These players tended to move into the PGA Tour only as a second step. Lately, however, the European Tour is losing this role as more and more players from the Commonwealth choose to move directly to the United States. Several young British players also tend to play mainly for the PGA Tour.

In some cases, like Luke Donald's, the choice is natural, after completing his studies at a US university on a scholarship for sporting merit. These scholarships in Europe do not exist (or are even illegal). When, in the 1970s, continental Europe began producing its first stars globally as Severiano Ballesteros, and especially when Europe began to record various victories over the United States in the Ryder Cup in the mid-1980s, it had spread optimism about the future of the European Tour in its dealings with the PGA Tour.

However, the optimism waned when some of the main European countries, such as Germany and Italy, failed to produce high-level players on a regular basis as it had been hoped for. Despite everything, however, the number of European countries that have given birth to players capable of winning European Tour tournaments has steadily grown, with a notable development of the golf movement in the Scandinavian countries.