Eddie Pepperell: "I think it's a disaster for DP"

"I can't imagine any efficient company that doesn't try to keep its customers, and even let the best ones go"

by Andrea Gussoni
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Eddie Pepperell: "I think it's a disaster for DP"
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Eddie Pepperell has long been considered one of the most outspoken players not only on the DP World Tour, but also undoubtedly, in world golf. He never has any hesitation in expressing his thoughts which, in recent times, have been particularly critical towards LIV Golf.

But this time Eddie focused on another topic, which will soon be very topical. The DP World Tour Championship will be played in just under a month, at the end of which the Race to Dubai ranking will be final, allowing the beneficiaries of one of the innovations linked to the Strategic Alliance between the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour to be identified : the top 10 players in the ranking who do not already have it for other reasons will receive the full card for the next US Tour season.

Eddie Pepperell, statements

Pepperell had already expressed his doubts about the Alliance, and now he gets straight to the point: “Personally I think it's a disaster for the DP World Tour” “I can't imagine any efficient company that doesn't try to keep its customers, and even let the best ones go”.

“It's something that doesn't make any sense to me” “But from the point of view of the players, who have the sincere ambition to play on the biggest stage there is, which, currently, is clearly the PGA Tour, it is the best thing”.

The ten players will presumably plan their season across the Atlantic, playing the minimum number of DP World Tour tournaments to maintain membership. In the event that their adventure on the PGA Tour does not end well, the agreement provides that they will have a "parachute" for the 2025 season, granting them a high category of exemption on the DP World Tour.

“This way these guys will have no incentive to play DP World Tour tournaments, beyond the minimum number” “I can't convince myself that this is a good business strategy on the part of the DP World Tour” “But I must frankly recognize that the PGA Tour has planned a high volume of investment over the next five years, for which it expects a return, and part of this return is represented by securing some of the best European players”. A point of view that is difficult to dispute.

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