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The DP World Tour will offer a new set of playing invitations next year after partnering with the NEXT Golf Tour.

Powered by Trackman, the indoor golf tour is a new professional circuit for men and women played on simulators.

From 2024, the Order of Merit winner will receive invites to play on the DP World Tour and the Challenge Tour.

It comes after the European Tour group struck an innovative agreement with the Trackman league, as it enters its second season.

During the inaugural season, 994 players from 41 countries competed in six 18-hole stroke play events.

Those tournaments had $834,000 in combined prize money, while ‘Season Two’ is set to feature more events, larger purses and other enhancements.

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The 2024 NEXT Golf Tour champion will be handed invites to three Challenge Tour events and one DP World Tour event.

Details on the specific tournaments the winner will compete in are yet to be announced, while the tour tees off in November.

Trackman Co-Founder and CEO Klaus Eldrup-Jørgensen said: “We created the NEXT Golf Tour to provide a new way to earn income and develop their brands as professional golfers.

“Season One was just the beginning, and we are excited to partner with the European Tour group to help a new generation of players chase their dreams in professional golf.”

Ben Cowen, Chief Tournament Business Officer at the European Tour group, added: “Both Trackman and the European Tour group share a vision — to attract new audiences to this great game, make it more accessible, and develop golf’s future stars.

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“Thanks to the technological innovation of Trackman, virtual golf is now incredibly sophisticated and realistic.

“It is also a tool regularly used by Challenge Tour and DP World Tour players to hone their skills and equipment when they are away from the course.”

Last year’s Order of Merit winner Rasmus Rosin was invited to the BMW International Open in June this year.

The $2 million DP World Tour event was held in Germany this summer, and was ‘excited to partner with NEXT’, said Joern Plinke, Head of BMW Golfsport Marketing.

Rosin earned more than $68,000 across events last season, including a $15,000 bonus for topping the season-long Order of Merit.

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John Turnbull A graduate of the University of Stirling, John joined the bunkered team in 2023 as a Content Producer, with a responsibility for covering all breaking news, tour news, grassroots content and much more besides. A keen golfer, he plays the majority of his golf at Falkirk Golf Club. Top of his 'bucket list' is a round of Pebble Beach... ideally in the company of Gareth Bale.

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