Big boost for golf in India as PGTI partners DP World Tour
New Delhi, December 16, 2022
Golf in the country received a big boost with the DP World Tour and PGA Tour jointly announcing on Friday a new partnership with the Tata Steel Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI).
The partnership will provide a range of benefits for PGTI members, including strategic development and commercial growth, as well as a joint commitment to increasing prize money for a host of PGTI tournaments.
“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,” PGTI Chief Executive Officer Uttam Mundy said.
Six Indian players have combined to win 16 events on the D P 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 Hero Indian Open – which will return to the DP World Tour’s schedule in 2023 after a four-year absence due to the global pandemic
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.
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.
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 PGTI .
“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," he added.