PGTI PARTNERS WITH DP WORLD TOUR, PGA TOUR
- PGTI Rankings winner to receive DP World Tour membership
- Two new Challenge Tour events to be played in India
The DP World Tour and PGA TOUR jointly announced today a new partnership with the TATA Steel Professional Golf Tour of India (TATA Steel PGTI) which includes a commitment to developing golf in India and a pathway for the country’s top players to reach the highest levels of the men’s professional game.
The strategic partnership will provide a range of benefits for PGTI members, with the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR working with the PGTI on other key business areas, including strategic development and commercial growth, as well as a joint commitment to increasing prize money for a host of PGTI tournaments.
As part of the global pathway system, the leading player—not otherwise exempt—on the 2022 TATA Steel PGTI Rankings will earn membership onto the DP World Tour for the following season beginning with the DP World Tour’s 2023 campaign.
The next highest ranked non-exempt player in the top ten on the rankings will earn a spot in the Final Stage of the DP World Tour Qualifying School, while a further three players will earn spots into the Second Stage.
Today’s announcement further enhances the playing opportunities for international players to compete at the highest levels of men’s professional golf, with the leading 10 players on DP World Tour’s Race To Dubai Rankings [in addition to those already exempt] earning cards on the PGA TOUR, beginning with the 2024 season – an aspect of the partnership between the PGA TOUR and DP World Tour announced in June.
PGTI players will also have access to 60 spots in each of the two Challenge Tour events which will be played in India next March — the Duncan Taylor Black Bull Challenge (March 23-26) and The Challenge Presented by KGA (March 28-31). Both tournaments will take place at Karnataka Golf Association in Bangalore and were announced as part of the Challenge Tour’s 2023 Road to Mallorca on Wednesday.
Six Indian players have combined to win 16 events on the DP World Tour, including four each by Jeev Milka Singh and S.S.P. Chawrasia, the latter whom in 2016 and 2017 claimed consecutive victories at the Hero Indian Open – the event which will return to the DP World Tour’s schedule in 2023 after a four-year absence due to the global pandemic. Arjun Atwal remains the lone Indian to win on both the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR, winning three events on the former Tour before adding the Wyndham Championship to his trophy collection in 2010.
Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the DP World Tour, said: “Our global pathway system enables players from different international Tours to compete on the DP World Tour, and we are delighted to extend that opportunity to players from the TATA Steel Professional Golf Tour of India.
“We have already seen some terrific players from India establish themselves and win on our Tour, and this partnership will give many more the chance to follow in their footsteps, as well as potentially go on to play on the PGA TOUR too.
“We also look forward to working together with the PGTI and the PGA TOUR to continue to develop golf in India in the years ahead, helping the PGTI to provide a strong platform for golfers in the country.”
Jay Monahan, Commissioner of the PGA TOUR, said, “It’s hard to believe over two decades have passed since Arjun Atwal made history as the first Indian golfer to win on both the European Tour and PGA TOUR. This partnership, which further builds on the additional playing opportunities in the men’s professional game, will help make similar dreams come true for many Indian golfers to come.”
Uttam Singh Mundy, Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Golf Tour of India, said, “We are delighted to announce our partnership with the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR, the leading professional golf tours in the world. This new association is a watershed moment for the PGTI as it opens many doors for our professionals on the international stage and is a recognition of the growing stature of Indian professional golf and our tour.”
About Professional Golf Tour of India
Formed in 2006, Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) is the recognized official body of professional golf in India. PGTI's objective is to promote professional golf in the country, as well as to give players an opportunity to be involved in the decision making on all aspects of the game. PGTI's governing body comprises leading Indian golf professionals. PGTI currently has over 300 members.
About DP World Tour
The DP World Tour is the main men’s professional golf Tour of the European Tour group, with a global schedule featuring a minimum of 45 tournaments in 25 different countries across the 2022 season. Formerly known as the European Tour, which was established in 1972, the 2022 DP World Tour schedule includes five Rolex Series events, along with four Major Championships, two World Golf Championship events and three tournaments co-sanctioned with the PGA TOUR, as well as tournaments staged around the world with a minimum prize of $2million for all events solely sanctioned by the DP World Tour.
The season concludes with the final Rolex Series event, the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, where the winner of the Tour’s season-long competition, the DP World Tour Rankings, will be crowned. DP World, the leading provider of global smart end-to-end supply chain and logistics solutions, is the title partner of the DP World Tour, which is administered by the European Tour group.
About PGA TOUR
By showcasing golf’s greatest players, the PGA TOUR engages, inspires and positively impacts our fans, partners and communities worldwide.
The PGA TOUR, headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, co-sanctions tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Korn Ferry Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR Canada. Members on the PGA TOUR represent the world’s best players, hailing from 29 countries and territories. The PGA TOUR has long-term domestic distribution partnerships for broadcast coverage on CBS, NBC and Golf Channel and video streaming service on ESPN+. Internationally, PGA TOUR coverage is available across 200+ countries and territories in 27 languages via 43 local broadcast partners, in addition to the digital streaming service platform GOLFTV powered by PGA TOUR. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations to maximize charitable giving, and to date, tournaments across all Tours have generated more than $3.37 billion.
Formed in 2006, Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) is the recognised official body of professional golf in India. PGTI's objective is to promote professional golf in the country, as well as to give players an opportunity to be involved in the decision making on all aspects of the game. Headed by Mr. Srinivasan H R (President), PGTI's governing body comprises leading Indian golf professionals. PGTI currently has over 300 members.
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