Sergio Garcia, from Spain, celebrates his victory against Justin Rose (not shown), of England, at the first playoff in the final phase of the Masters Tournament 2017, to be held at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.
The most important tour of the history of the golf tournament was announced by the European tour, with a record bid of $ 3 million to the winner of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
This new figure more than doubles what Englishman Danny Willett won with him for winning the same event in November 2018.
The DP World Tour Championship is the last tournament of the Rolex series of the season on the European circuit. The two previous calendar events – the Turkish Airlines Open and the Nedbank Golf Challenge (both in November) also received a boost for their first prizes. These events significantly increased the top price to $ 2 million and $ 2.5 million respectively.
"With the revised prize allocation and the additional" Race to Dubai "points set for 2019, this is a great boost for our players." The director general of the European tour, Keith Pelley, said in a statement Wednesday.
Overall tournament prices remained the same, as the European Tour chose to reduce the number of competitors on the field for each event and consequently to increase the winner's share.
In the last two years, the money awarded to the winner of the Masters in the United States amounted to $ 1.98 million, while the American Open of 2018 paid $ 2.16 million to the winner, Brooks Koepka. The Tiger Woods circuit victory last year earned him a top prize of $ 1.62 million.
The European Tour said it wants to keep the interests of its best eligible players until the end of the season through additional bonus points and financial incentives. Current world number one, Justin Rose, has chosen not to compete in the DP World Tour Championship last season for a PGA tournament, but under this new structure, Pelley hopes to retain the best eligible players .
"The changes we have announced today in terms of raising winner's checks, Race to Dubai points and the bonus pool dividend are designed to increase the enthusiasm of our fans towards the end of the season. as well as to encourage greater participation of the best players in our last three events. " Said Pelley
The bonus group, which is distributed at the end of the season, will now be split between the top five players in the Dubai race instead of the top ten. The winner of this year will claim $ 2 million, against $ 1.25 million awarded to Francesco Molinari for finishing top of the Race to Dubai ranking of last year.