Europe-based DP World Tour has shaken things up for their 2024 schedule.
It was announced on 14 August that from 2024, the season will end with a double-header in the play-offs.
Overall, there will be a minimum 44 tournament in 24 countries next year with record prize money $148.5 million.
New events have been created in Dubai and Bahrain and the Old World circuit will return to China for the first time since 2021.
The 2024 Race to Dubai will feature three new phases:
- Global Swings from November to August
- Return 9 from September to October
- DP World Tour Play-offs in November
The Rolex Premium Series events have been retained, which are:
- Hero Dubai Desert Classic
- Genesis Scottish Open
- BMW PGA Championship
- Abu Dhabi Championship
- DP World Championship Tour
The new, Dubai Invitational will be played on January 11-14. The track will play the Bahrain Championship on February 1-4.
DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley said:
“The 2024 season will see our members come together to compete in a global programme, with greater opportunities and rewards than ever before.
“The many new and original improvements we have introduced will guarantee drama and excitement for our fans, broadcasters and all our stakeholders throughout the season and means, more than ever, that every week counts on the DP World Tour.”
Announcing the schedule of the new look 2024 DP World Tour pic.twitter.com/qAvAwAbvSo
— DP World Tour (@DPWorldTour) August 14, 2023
How will the season work…
Phase One – The Global Oscillations
This phase will include five individual ‘Cradles’ – the Opening Swing, the International Swing, the Asian Swing, the European Swing and the closing swing – and will run from November 2023 to August 2024. Each Swing will have its own individual Swing Ranking.
- The Opening Swing will run from November 2023 (Fortinet Australian PGA Championship) until December 2023 (AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open)
- The International Swing it will last from January 2024 (Invitation to Dubai) until March 2024 (Jonsson Workwear Open)
- The Asian swing will last from March 2024 (Singapore Classic) until May 2024 (Volvo China Open)
- The European cradle will last from May 2024 (Soudal Open) until July 2024
- (BMW International Open) The Closing Swing will run from July 2024 (Genesis Scottish Open)
until August 2024
(Danish Golf Championship)
While points accumulated in the major championships will count towards the Race to Dubai ranking, they will not count towards the Swing ranking.
Each Swing will have its own identity and its own Champion who will win $200,000 each from a total Bonus Pool of $1 million. Swing Champions will also qualify for each of the ‘Back 9’ events.
Following the completion of the Global Swings phase, an additional Bonus Pool of $1 million will be shared among the top ten players in the Race to Dubai (who have played at least eight ‘regular’ Global Swings events outside of the Majors and co-sanctioned by Genesis Scottish Open).
- The International Swing features a new Pro-Am event – the Dubai Invitational played at Dubai Creek Resort from January 11-14 – as well as the Bahrain Championship, which marks the Tour’s return to the Kingdom of Bahrain for the first time since in 2011.
The five Swings will also offer qualification to the first three events of the Rolex Series:
The leading member (not otherwise exempt) from the Opening Swing will qualify for the Hero Dubai Desert Classic.
The leading member (not otherwise exempt) from each of the International Swing, Asian Swing and European Swing will qualify for the Genesis Scottish Open.
The leading member (not otherwise exempt) from the Closing Swing will qualify for the BMW PGA Championship.
Overall top performances from Global Swings will be rewarded with qualification to Phase 2 of the season, with ten places in each of the ‘Back 9’ events for the highest ranked members (not otherwise excluded) within the top 110 of the current competition in the ranking of Dubai.
Phase Two – The Back 9
This phase will feature nine of the DP World Tour’s most historic tournaments and national Opens and will run from August 2024 to October 2024.
It will begin with the Betfred British Masters hosted by Sir Nick Faldo (29 August – 1 September 2024) and conclude with a tournament to be confirmed from 24 to 27 October 2024.
In addition to exempt DP World Tour members, the top 15 non-members from the top 70 in the FedEx Cup will be eligible to play in these events and qualify for the DP World Tour Championship.
The top 110 players in the Race to Dubai standings at the conclusion of this phase in October will earn their DP World Tour cards for 2025, while the top 70 will qualify for Phase Three, the DP World Tour Play-Offs.
Stage Three – DP World Tour Playoffs
This phase, to be held in November 2024, will include the final two Rolex Series events of the season: the Abu Dhabi Championship and the DP Tour World Championship, Dubai.
The Abu Dhabi Championship, which moves from its traditional January schedule to a new date of November 7-10, will feature the top 70 players in the Race to Dubai standings, with the top 50 at the end of that tournament qualifying for the season – concluding with the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai from November 14-17, where the DP World Tour’s No. 1 player will be crowned.
At the end of the 2024 DP World Tour season, the top ten players will share a $6 million Bonus Pool.
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