Golf’s European Tour to supply the game’s largest first prize of $three million
Sergio Garcia of Spain celebrates after defeating Justin Rose (not pictured) of England on the primary playoff gap through the closing spherical of the 2017 Masters Event at Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.
Championship is the ultimate Rolex Sequence match of the season on the European Tour. The previous two occasions on the calendar – the Turkish Airways Open and the Nedbank Golf Problem (each in November) even have obtained boosts to their first prizes. These occasions have considerably elevated first prize to $2 million and $2.5 million respectively.
“With the revised prize cash breakdown and the additional ‘Race to Dubai’ factors in place for 2019, this supplies an incredible incentive for our gamers.” European Tour Chief Government Keith Pelley mentioned in a press release Wednesday.
Total prize pots on the tournaments have remained the identical, with the European Tour selecting to cut back the variety of opponents within the area for every occasion and due to this fact top-load the winner’s share.
For the previous two years, prize cash given to the winner of The Masters in the USA has been $1.98 million, whereas the 2018 U.S. Open paid out $2.16 million to winner Brooks Koepka. Tiger Woods’ Tour Championship win final yr earned him a primary prize of $1.62 million.
The European Tour has mentioned it needs to retain the pursuits of its eligible prime participant’s proper up till the tip of the season by way of further bonus level and cash incentives. Present world primary Justin Rose opted to not play within the DP World Tour Championship final season, in favour of a PGA tour occasion, however beneath this revised construction Pelley hopes that they will hold the very best eligible gamers concerned.
“The adjustments now we have introduced as we speak by way of enhanced winner’s cheques, Race to Dubai factors and bonus pool dividend are designed to extend the joy across the finish of the season for our followers, in addition to encourage higher prime participant participation in our closing three occasions.” Pelley mentioned
The bonus pool, which is distributed on the finish of the season, will now be divided amongst the highest 5 gamers within the Race to Dubai as a substitute of the highest ten. This yr’s winner will declare $2 million, up from the $1.25 million awarded to Francesco Molinari for ending prime of final yr’s Race to Dubai standings.