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The DP World Tour has revealed a much-changed schedule for the 2024 season, which includes two new tournaments and a new ‘three-phase’ structure.
The European circuit will feature a minimum of 44 tournaments across 24 countries in a 13-month season that that bosses say “underline its status as golf’s global Tour.”
It has been announced that players will compete for a total prize fund of $148.5million, which excludes the majors.
The 2024 schedule is broken down into three phases – ‘The Global Swings’, the ‘Back Nine’ and the DP World Tour playoffs.
There will also be five Rolex Series events, the showpiece tournaments on the circuit. In 2024, these will be the Hero Dubai Desert Classic, the Genesis Scottish Open, the BMW PGA Championship, the Abu Dhabi Championship and the season-closing DP World Tour Championship.
The Abu Dhabi Championship has moved from January to the penultimate event before the DP World Tour Championship in November, in what the tour hopes will create a dramatic finale in the Race to Dubai.
The top 70 players in the Race to Dubai rankings will compete in the Abu Dhabi Championship, with 50 players teeing it up at the DP World Tour Championship.
Meanwhile, the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player will move to December 2024 as one of the opening events of the official 2025 schedule.
DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley said: “Our 2024 season will see our members come together to compete across a global schedule, with greater opportunities and rewards than ever before.
“The many new and original enhancements we have introduced will guarantee drama and excitement for our fans, our broadcasters and all our stakeholders across the entire season and means, more than ever, that every week counts on the DP World Tour.”
Here’s a full breakdown of the DP World Tour’s schedule announcement…
What are the new events?
The two new tournaments introduced to the calendar will be the Dubai Invitational (January 11-14) and the Bahrain Championship (February 1-4). These will be part of the ‘International Swing’ from January until March.
Meanwhile, the Volvo China Open, which has not been part of the calendar since before Covid in 2019, will return as a $2million event from May 2-5.
What is the new three-phase structure?
The circuit has broken down the season into three separate blocks of tournaments. The ‘Global Swings’ phase will include five different swings – The Opening Swing, The International Swing, The Asian Swing, The European Swing and the Closing Swing – running from November 2023 to August 2024.
Each swing has its own $1million bonus pool where the champion across the events will earn $200,00 and qualify for the ‘Back Nine’ events.
The ‘Back Nine’ phase that runs from August 2024 to October 2024 includes the flagship BMW PGA Championship and the Alfred Dunhill Links. There is a big focus on this phase with the PGA Tour announcing a January-August schedule in 2024.
Phase three is the Playoff series, that will comprise of two Rolex Series events, the Abu Dhabi Championship and the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
At the end of the 2024 season, the leading ten players will share a $6million bonus pool and the top ten players in the Race to Dubai rankings will earn PGA Tour cards for the 2025 season.
What are the date changes?
Three of the existing tournaments on the circuit have been moved for the restructured 2024 calendar. The Danish Golf Championship moves to August 22-25, the Betfred British Masters at The Belfry has a later slot from August 29-September 1 and the Abu Dhabi Championship will take place on November 7-10.
DP World Tour schedule 2024 in full
Nov 23-26 Fortinet Australian PGA Championship & Joburg Open
Nov 30 – Dec 3 ISPS Handa Australian Open & Investec South African Open Championship
Dec 7-10 Alfred Dunhill Championship
Dec 14-17 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open
Jan 11-14 Dubai Invitational
Jan 18-21 Hero Dubai Desert Classic
Jan 25-28 Ras Al Khaimah Championship
Feb 1-4 Bahrain Championship
Feb 22-25 Magical Kenya Open
Feb 29 – Mar 3 SDC Championship
Mar 7-10 Jonsson Workwear Open
Mar 21-24 Singapore Classic
Mar 28-31 Asian Event TBA
Apr 11-14 The Masters
Apr 18-21 Korea Championship
Apr 25-28 ISPS HANDA – Championship
May 2-5 Volvo China Open
May 16-19 U.S. PGA Championship
May 23-26 Soudal Open
May 30 – Jun 2 European Open
Jun 6-9 Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed
Jun 13-16 U.S. Open
Jun 20-23 KLM Open
Jun 27-30 Italian Open
Jul 4-7 BMW International Open
Jul 11-14 Genesis Scottish Open & Event TBA (USA)
Jul 18-21 The 152nd Open & Barracuda Championship
Aug 1-4 Olympic Men’s Golf Competition
Aug 15-18 D+D Real Czech Masters
Aug 22-25 Danish Golf Championship
The Back Nine
Aug 29 – Sep 1 Betfred British Masters hosted by Sir Nick Faldo
Sep 5-8 Omega European Masters
Sep 12-15 Horizon Irish Open
Sep 19-22 BMW PGA Championship
Sep 26-29 acciona Open de Espana presented by Madrid
Oct 3-6 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
Oct 10-13 Open de France
Oct 17-20 Andalucia Masters
Oct 24-27 Event TBA (TBC)
The DP World Tour Play-offs
Nov 7-10 Abu Dhabi Championship
Nov 14-17 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai
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