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DP World and PGA Tour expand KPGA deal

DP World and PGA Tour expand KPGA deal

DP World and PGA Tour expand KPGA deal

DP World and PGA Tour expand KPGA deal

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  • Choi, Yang, and Seung are athletes who have won DP World & PGA Tour.
  • A US$2 million prize pool will be awarded.
  • The KPGA Genesis Point Winner will receive membership in DP World Tour.
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The Korea Professional Golfers’ Association (KPGA) Genesis Point Award Winner will receive membership onto the DP World Tour for the following season, beginning with the current 2023 campaign, and the introduction of a brand-new US$2 million tournament in Korea, the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR jointly announced on Wednesday.

The top finishers on the Genesis Point list will also receive access to various phases of the DP World Tour Qualifying School, which will happen later in 2023. The three tours intend to continue talking about adding more pathway commitments for 2024 and afterwards.

After finishing the 2022 season as the Genesis Point Award Winner, Youngsoo Kim has obtained this exemption for the 2023 DP World Tour. He won his first KPGA victory at the Genesis Championship in October before taking home another victory at the LG Signature Players Championship to cap off the season.

The Genesis Scottish Open, a Rolex Series competition co-sponsored by the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR, will now be open to him as well. The DP World Tour will return to Korea in April of next year for the first Korea Championship as part of its commitment to promoting professional golf in the nation. This will be the first time in ten years that the DP World Tour has visited the nation.

The tournament will be held at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon and co-sponsored by the DP World Tour and KPGA. A US$2 million prize pool will be awarded. In due course, more details about the Korea Championship will be released.

“The KPGA has a solid track record of developing exceptional talent, and we are thrilled to ratify these formal pathways, providing players with clearly defined routes to exhibit their skills on the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR.” In an official statement, Keith Pelley, Chief Executive Officer of the DP World Tour, said, “We look forward to working closely with the KPGA and the PGA TOUR in conjunction with our tournament in Korea next April to inspire and enable future generations of Korean players to reach the very top of the men’s professional game.”

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With Wednesday’s news, overseas golfers will have even more opportunity to compete at the highest levels of men’s professional golf. A component of the strategic agreement between the PGA TOUR and the DP World Tour, which was announced in June, will see the top 10 players on the DP World Tour’s Race to Dubai Rankings (in addition to those who are already exempt) receive cards on the PGA TOUR starting with the 2024 season.

“Thanks in large part to the contributions they made this past September for the International Team at the 2022 Presidents Cup, Sungjae Im, K.H. Lee, Si Woo Kim, and Joo-hyung ‘Tom’ Kim are all becoming household names in the United States.” “All of those rising stars have one thing in common: the KPGA, which upholds a proud legacy of turning out talent of the highest calibre each and every year, is where they all learned their trade. We are eager to watch the upcoming crop of talented golfers from this renowned nation make their way onto the DP World Tour and possibly the PGA TOUR in upcoming seasons “PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan stated.

In addition to the Wednesday-confirmed exemptions, the KPGA will collaborate with the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR on additional important business matters, such as commercial expansion and strategic development. Future collaborations will also focus on media rights strategy and improvements to the player pathway, such as access to the Korn Ferry Tour.

“It has been an honour for us to watch winners of the Korean Tour go on to achieve success at the highest levels of the men’s professional game. We are confident that the announcement made today will contribute to the development of sport in Korea, and we are delighted to have been accepted into the meritocracy that the men’s professional game offers “said Korea Professional Golfers’ Association Chairman Ja-Cheol (J.C.) Koo.

K.J. Choi, Y.E. Yang, and Seung-Yul Noh are three Korean athletes who have won on the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR in the past. Choi and another golfer have eight PGA TOUR victories between them, including the 2011 PLAYERS Championship.

“The KPGA, DP World Tour, and PGA TOUR have strengthened their partnership, which is great news for Korean players. As there is now a clear professional roadmap for them to participate on the KPGA and then go on to play against the greatest players in the world on the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR, our young players will have more incentive to improve in the game. A tremendous breakthrough for Korean golf is this announcement “said Choi.

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