PGA TOUR, DP World Tour Announce Extension of Partnership Amidst LIV Golf Rumblings
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The PGA TOUR and DP World Tour announced on Tuesday that it has reached a 13-year “operational joint venture partnership.”
The deal will run through 2035 and creates an important relationship between the two biggest golf tours in the world right now, with LIV Golf lurking.
There were rumblings that LIV Golf might be interested in making a deal with the DP World Tour so players could have a consistent way to earn Official World Golf Ranking points. Right now, LIV Golf cannot offer that, which will make it difficult for its players to qualify for major championships moving forward.
This is an extension of the already-existing partnership between the two tours, and it does not necessarily means LIV golfers will be unable to play DP World Tour events. Last week at the BMW International Open in Munich, many LIV Golf players were in the field, most notably Louis Oosthuizen.
According to the DP World Tour’s release, the tour “will guarantee growth in annual prize funds to its membership for the next five years.” Also, the PGA TOUR will increase its stake in European Tour Productions from 15% to 40%.
Also of note, the Scottish Open, Barbasol Championship (Kentucky) and Barracuda Championship (California) will continue to offer points toward both tours.
There will also be increased incentives for players on the DP World Tour.
Starting next season:
Top-10 players on DP World Tour will earn PGA Tour cards.
Top-30 players (up from 25) on KFT will earn PGA Tour cards.
Top-5 players (and ties) at Q-School will earn PGA Tour cards.
Addition by, well… subtraction.
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelTAN) June 28, 2022
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