DP World Tour and PGA Tour join forces with Japan Golf Tour Organization to continue growing together

DP World Tour and PGA TOUR today announced a historic new partnership with the Golf Tour Organization of Japan (JGTO), which will enable the top three players on the JGTO Merit Rankings to earn a spot on the DP World Tour for the upcoming season starting 2022-2.3. .

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As part of the deal, the top 10 players DP World Tour Race Rises To Dubai Ranking They will also receive cards in the PGA TOUR from the 2024 season.

In addition to these developments, which include access to the DP World Tour qualifying school for players not otherwise exempt, JGTO will work with the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR in other key business areas, including strategic development. further discussion of business growth as well as future areas of cooperation and support. Among them is the continued commitment to the ISPS HANDA – CHAMPIONSHIP, which will make its debut on the DP World Tour calendar at PGM Ishioka GC in Omitama, Japan from April 20-23, 2023.

Keith Peley, The DP World Tour Executive Director said: “The Golf Tour Organization of Japan has produced many incredibly talented players over the years, and we are delighted to establish this path as part of golf’s meritocratic system and to identify clear pathways for players from other countries. International tours to gain status on the DP World Tour and potentially continue playing on the PGA TOUR.

“We currently have players from 34 different countries exempt from the DP World Tour in 2023, and with our first tournament in Japan next April, today’s announcement further highlights our position as the World Golf Tour.”

Jay Monahan An official of the PGA TOUR said: “Japan has a long history of cultivating world-class golf talent that deserves the opportunity to compete at the highest stage of the game, and today’s announcement is an appreciation for further development.

In the last 30 years, 25 players have won at least one victory on both the PGA TOUR and the Japan Golf Tour, including current Japan Golf Tour president Isao Aoki, who was the first player to be born in Japan in 1983. TUR when he hits an eagle on the 72nd hole to win the Sony Open in Hawaii. His legacy continues today with eight-time JGTO winner Hideki Matsuyama and will now take years to embark on this new path.”

Isao Aoki, The President of the Japan Golf Tour Organization commented: “We are proud of the rich tradition that the Japanese Men’s Golf Tour has established over the past 40 years, and this development is the next step in our organization’s journey.

Our players have made significant contributions to global gameplay since our tour began in 1973, and we are excited that the next class of Japanese players can soon reap the rewards their predecessors helped create for them. we look forward to working with him PGA TOUR and DP World Tour In the next phase of professional golf development in Japan.”

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