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The DP World Tour and PGA Tour have combined with the R&A to launch a brand-new initiative.

The Global Amateur Pathway – powered by the World Amateur Golf Ranking – will help the best male amateur players take the next step in their careers.

It’s set to create a pathway for non-collegiate amateurs on to the DP World Tour and partner Tours around the world, whilst complementing PGA Tour University.

Under the Global Amateur Pathway, eligible amateurs within the top 20 of the WAGR will receive a DP World Tour card for the following season.

Meanwhile, players competing in Global Amateur Pathway eligible championships will earn points equivalent to the number of points awarded by WAGR.

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The landmark project strengthens the Strategic Alliances forged by the DP World Tour to provide global player pathways and, as such, further exemptions will be available on the European Challenge Tour.

In addition to the DP World Tour and PGA Tour, seven further partner tours are also working to finalise their participation.

The first exemptions will be awarded for the 2025 season, as the Global Amateur Pathway Ranking Period will conclude on 13 October 2024.

Guy Kinnings, DP World Tour Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to offer the very best amateur players new opportunities through the Global Amateur Pathway, alongside our partners at The R&A and PGA Tour.

“This initiative is the perfect example of the benefits that come from the Strategic Alliances and partnerships that we have forged across the game of golf.

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“The very best amateur players now have similar opportunities to their professional counterparts, with clear pathways across the globe to ultimately compete at the pinnacle of the game.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan added: “We are thrilled to partner with the DP World Tour and The R&A to take another step forward in strengthening the pathway for amateur athletes as they transition to professional golf.

“Building on the success of PGA TOUR University over the last four years, the Global Amateur Pathway will ensure the best young players from around the world can earn their way onto golf’s biggest stages more efficiently than ever before.”

Tommy Fleetwood, Hideki Matsuyama and Min Woo Lee are among the players who would have benefitted if the pathway previously existed.

To be eligible, amateur golfers must: not be a current NCAA Division-I player, be at least 20 years of age and be within the top 200 WAGR.

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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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