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PGA Tour, DP World Tour announce stunning new exemption guidelines

Before Tiger Woods came along in the late 1990s, the European Tour (now the DP World Tour for sponsorship reasons) competed head-to-head with the PGA Tour.

There was great talent at both circuits, with the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Sam Torrance, Ian Woosnam, Sir Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie leading the way in Europe.

But times have changed.

The DP World Tour is now a feeder tour to the PGA Tour. Monday’s announcement Make that claim bold.

Starting with the 2024 season, players who finish 126th through 200th on the 2023 FedEx Cup Fall Points List will be eligible for full membership on the DP World Tour.

In addition, DP World Tour Affiliate Membership is also available to other PGA Tour players participating in the Race to Dubai tournament during the 2024 season.

Jon Rahm poses with the Race to Dubai trophy after the final round of the 2022 DP World Tour Championship.
Photo by Ryan Lim/Getty Images

The Race to Dubai is the DP World Tour’s equivalent of the FedEx Cup.

Affiliate Members and Non-Members will appear in the new ‘Non-Member Race to Dubai Points List’ following the first tournament in which they earn points.

If an Affiliate Member competes in four or more qualifying events on the DP World Tour, he or she will qualify for the DP World Tour Playoffs.

Meanwhile, players who finish the FedEx Cup Fall with a ranking of 125th or higher will earn a PGA Tour card for the 2024 season.

“When we announced our strategic partnership with the PGA Tour in November 2021, one of our primary objectives was to create as many opportunities as possible for members of both tours, and this is how this will work. “It’s another perfect example of what’s going on,” said David Howell. , tournament chairman of the DP World Tour.

Of course, there will be more opportunities for more players, but the DP World Tour will also include players who did not qualify for the PGA Tour.

PGA Tour players who rank between 126th and 200th on the FedEx Cup Fall Standings and become full members will play from a newly created category within the 2024 DP World Tour Exempt Category List.

Only five players in this category can participate in DP World Tour events in a given week. That means only five PGA Tour players will be able to join his DP World Tour field.

It will help protect the current players on the DP World Tour, but it will not protect the top talent on the European circuit.

The top 10 players in the DP World Tour’s 2023 Race to Dubai rankings will earn a PGA Tour card for the 2024 season, unless excluded.

That means some of the best players from the DP World Tour will head to the PGA Tour, which means top talent will be taken away.

Adrian Melonk, DP World Tour, Estrella Dam NA Andalusia Masters

Adrian Melonk celebrates after winning the 2023 Estrela Dam NA Andalusia Masters.
Photo by: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

The top 10 players in the ranking after Adrian Melonk’s victory at the Andalusia Masters are as follows: There are no exceptions.

  1. Adrian Melonk (Poland)
  2. Ryan Fox (New Zealand)
  3. Victor Perez (France)
  4. Minwoo Lee (Australia)

  5. Alexander Björk (Sweden)
  6. Robert McIntyre (Scotland)
  7. Ryo Hisatsune (Japan)
  8. Torbjorn Olesen (Denmark)
  9. Joost Luiten (Netherlands)
  10. Marcel Siem (Germany)

The great thing about this list is that 10 countries are represented. However, these players will be excluded from the DP World Tour.

Ballesteros would likely turn over in his grave, but the DP World Tour had no other choice. They are cash-strapped and only make a profit in years when the Ryder Cup is held in Europe. So the strategic alliance announced several years ago came to fruition.

Of course, negotiations are ongoing between the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund regarding the future of professional golf.

No one knows what the sport will look like in 2025, but it’s clear on the wall in 2024 that the DP World Tour will be the minor league affiliate of the PGA Tour.

Jack Mirko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko Cover more golf.Be sure to check it out @_PlayingThrough Too.

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