Golf

Lucrative World Golf Series proposed

2018-05-22 10:42
Golf ball (Getty Images)

Cape Town - A new and lucrative global golf circuit is in the pipeline, one that could potentially throw shade over the established PGA and European Tours.

Reuters confirmed that British-based company World Golf Group has been planning on introducing a global tour that will feature huge prize money to attract the big names.

Details are not yet clear, but initial plans include a 15-20 event schedule around the world, each with a purse of close to $20 million.

This money dwarfs what is available on the PGA and European Tours, with the richest event - the Masters - offering $11 million.

However, there are some hurdles to overcome.

For one, the series would have to get sanctioned for world ranking points. These are important, as many player contracts are dependant on these points. The rankings also determine players' eligibility for the four major championships, the end-goal of many on tour.

In the early 1990s, Australian legend Greg Norman teamed up with FOX and proposed a similar World Golf Tour.

Then, the PGA Tour played hardball, saying it would suspend any player who participated in an unsanctioned PGA event.

There's no reason to suggest the world's leading golf association would do anything different in 2018.

Read more on:    pga tour  |  european tour  |  golf
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season has wrapped up. For all the season highlights - and lowlights - be sure to visit Sport24!

Latest blogs
Vote

Which is your favourite event on the golfing calendar?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.