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European Tour raising prize money in bid to attract more top pros

In a bid to attract more of the world’s top players, The European Tour will offer the most prize money ever in golf history in a single tournament later this year at the season-ending DP World Championships in Dubai. The European Tour historically has struggled attracting top pros from the PGA Tour to play in its most lucrative events.

The winner of the 2019 DP World Championships will earn $3m (€2.7m), which is more than double that the 2018 winner earned. The European Tour will also benefit from the earlier end in 2019 to the PGA Tour season. Historically the PGA Tour season has ended in late September or early October, but a major scheduling overhaul beginning in 2019 will end the season in August.

Much like the PGA Tour’s format for its playoffs, the European Tour will use decreasing fields and increased prize money though the three weeks of the “Rolex Series” which culminates at the DP World Championships. Each of the tournaments comprising the Rolex Series will see a significant upgrade in prize money for 2019.