Formerly the European Tour, the DP World Tour has just released its 2023 schedule that spans 26 countries.
Cementing its place as Golf’s ‘World Tour,’ the announcement includes a total prize purse of US $144.2 million featuring a minimum of 39 events in 12 months. The busiest months are June & July with 5 events per month.
Sponsored by the UAE logistics conglomerate DP World, The DP World Tour’s 2023 season kicks off with the Joburg Open hosted by Houghton Golf Club in Johannesburg, South Africa between 24 – 27 November of this year. At the same time, the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship kicks off at Royal Queensland Golf Club.
The Rolex Series events for the 2023 series consist of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship (19 – 22 January), Dubai Desert Classic (26 – 29 January), Genesis Scottish Open (July 13 – 16), BMW PGA Championship (14 – 17 September), and the DP World Tour Championship (16 – 19 November).
Several event shave changed dates including the Horizon Irish Open which is now 07 – 10 September 2023 at the K Club in County Kildare. Asia has seen a big development with the Singapore Classic (February 09 – 12), Thailand Classic (February 16 – 19), and the Tour’s first Japan visit ever at the ISPS Handa Championship (April 20 – 23). The DP World Tour also heads to Korea for the first time since 2013 (April 27 – 30).
Other notable announcements were an increase in Rolex Series prize funds and a Players Earnings Assurance Programme which is yet to be introduced. There is an increased bonus pool of $6 million for the leading eight players on the DP World Tour Rankings in Partnership with Rolex. Following player feedback, the DP World Tour has introduced a new three-week summer break in the schedule following the 151st Open Championship and Barracuda Championship (both July 20 – 23).