PGA Tour Cards to 10 European Tour Players
Amid a pandemic that has left the Premier Golf League struggling, a new alliance between the PGA Tour and the European tour has made its debut. The World Golf Alliance gives PGA Tour cards to 10 European tour players, a first in the sport's history.
While the World Golf Alliance seems to be a survival measure for the World Tour, it could result in a more organized world schedule. While this alliance could create a monopoly for players, it is not as obvious whether it would be a better solution for the sport's sponsors.
PGA Tour Through Q-School
The PGA Tour is expanding its partnership with Europe, awarding ten players from its European Tour a PGA card each.
In a move that will strengthen its hand against LIV Golf and Saudi-funded competition, the two tours are boosting their stakes in European Tour Productions from 15% to 40%. Commissioner Jay Monahan announced the new partnership and outlined some significant changes to the tour's schedule.
The new alliance will deal with ten PGA Tour cards for European tour players who qualify through sponsor starts. The first of the new players is Englishman Laurie Kanter, who would have ranked in the top ten on last year's European rankings.
The other ten will earn PGA Tour cards the following year if they reach No. 125 in their respective European tours. However, Coupland is optimistic that the European Tour will remain on the calendar but expect changes to the events.
European Tour Players PGA Tour Access
The European Tour and the PGA Tour have announced a new partnership that will give top European tour players immediate access to the PGA Tour. Players who achieve the top ten spot in the European Tour's ranking will receive complete PGA Tour Access.
The partnership is expected to improve global program coordination and bring the European Tour closer to the PGA Tour. The new partnership is also set to launch the Scottish Open, which is one of the most vital fields in tournament history.
In addition to the European Tour, the PGA Tour will have a minority stake in the European Tour's media company. The deal isn't exactly a takeover, and it is unlikely to harm the PGA Tour's fragile financial situation.
The European Tour is already a significant player in the world golf circuit, so this move makes sense for both. But what does this alliance mean for players and fans?
30 Card Belief PGA Tour
A new alliance between the European Tour and the PGA has been in the works for years. While the European Tour counts all significant championships as official events, the PGA Tour relies more heavily on the World Golf Rankings to determine eligibility for individual tournaments and Tour membership.
The World Golf Championships allow players to play on both the European and the PGA tours if they are the money leaders in their respective regions.
The PGA Tour and the European tour have extended their partnership, with the European Tour awarding cards to the top ten players in the region. The alliance will also reinstate the direct path to the PGA Tour for qualifying through Q-school.
The changes are part of an extended partnership between the two tours that will run through 2035. Last week, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan announced significant schedule changes. In addition to a January-to-August schedule, the PGA Tour will pay $20 million for eight elite events.
Open Champion Matt Fitzpatrick
PGA Tour Temporary Shut Down
The PGA Tour shut down for three months in June. The European Tour has been playing every week except for this week. The European Tour has prize funds roughly half the size of the PGA Tour's.
PGA Tour events have an average prize fund of $7 million. The World Tour is a separate entity. Players must earn at least $1 million to earn their PGA Tour card.
The PGA Tour has agreed to give the top 10 European tour players full PGA Tour cards in return for their efforts. The European Tour's top 10 players will be awarded full cards to play on the PGA Tour next year. The cards are awarded to players who have not yet competed on the PGA Tour.
These players will also have the opportunity to earn a spot in the tournaments on the PGA Tour through Q-school. The changes are part of an extended partnership between the PGA Tour and the European Tour that will last until 2035.
Last week, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan announced significant changes to the schedule. Players will begin playing in the January-to-August seasons in 2024 with purses of $20 million in eight elite events.
Golf Saudi and European Golf Tour
Announcing the formation of a new European golf tour alliance with the Saudi Golf Federation is an essential step toward a more balanced global golf tournament calendar.
The tour has been dormant since the COVID-19 outbreak, and Golf Saudi plays a major role in this global disruption through its fiscal might. The new Asian Tour, also known as the Golf Saudi, will be based at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City and will feature a purse of $5 million.
Though there are no stars, the new event promises to assemble one of the strongest fields in the world golf circuit.