Record prize fund and new play-off double-header as DP World Tour’s 2024 season gets a shake-up

The DP World Tour’s 2024 schedule will see players compete for a record $148.5m in prize money, with an all-new play-off double-header at the end of the season.

The new season will see a minimum of 44 tournaments in 24 different countries with new events in Dubai and Bahrain, along with the return of the Volvo China Open.

The campaign, announced just a fortnight after the 2024 PGA Tour schedule was revealed, will begin with five new ‘Global Swings’ with a combined $2m bonus pool before moving on to the ‘Back 9’, which incorporates nine of the Tour’s most historic events.

Tagged “Every Week Counts” the Tour season will end with back-to-back Rolex Series events in the DP World Tour Play-Offs.

The new DP World Tour schedule, the first to be announced since the merger with the PIF – owners of LIV Golf – will be broken down into three phases.

Phase one will include five global swings. The Opening Swing, International Swing, Asian Swing, European Swing, and Closing Swing, will see players travel across the world from November 2023 until July 2024.

Each Swing will have its own ranking points and champion, who will receive a $200,000 bonus from a $1m pot. Each Swing Champion will also qualify for the ‘Back 9’ events, while the top ten performers across all of the swings will also gain spots.

The five Swings will offer opportunities for players to qualify for the first three Rolex Series events – Hero Dubai Desert Classic, Genesis Scottish Open and BMW PGA Championship.

Phase two – The ‘Back 9’ – will include nine of the Tour’s most historic tournaments, beginning with the Betfred British Masters at The Belfry from August 29th and concluding at a tournament that is yet to be confirmed from October 24-27. It will also take in the Irish Open, which returns to Royal County Down for the first time since 2015, the flagship BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, and the Alfred Dunhill Links in Scotland, along with five others.

As well as exempt DP World Tour stars, the leading 15 non-members from the top 70 on the FedEx Cup will be eligible to play in these events and qualify for the DP World Tour Championship.
The top 110 players on the Race to Dubai Rankings at the conclusion of the ‘Back 9’ will earn their DP World Tour cards for 2025 while the top 70 qualify for Phase Three, the DP World Tour Play-Offs.

Rory Mcilroy won the DP World Tour Championship and Race to Dubai in 2022.

The final phase at the play-offs will include the two final Rolex Series events of the season: the Abu Dhabi Championship and the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.

The Abu Dhabi Championship, which moves from its traditional January slot to a new date of November 7-10, will feature the leading 70 players on the Race to Dubai Rankings. The top 50 at the end of that tournament qualify for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai from November 14-17, where the DP World Tour’s No.1 player will be crowned.

A $6m bonus pool will be shared between the top 10 players at the conclusion of the season. Those players, unless already exempt, will also earn PGA Tour cards for the 2025 season. 

Keith Pelley and the DP World Tour have yet to reveal what action they will take against LIV Golf rebels.

“Our 2024 season will see our members come together to compete across a global schedule, with greater opportunities and rewards than ever before,” said DP World Tour chief executive Keith Pelley.
“The many new and original enhancements we have introduced will guarantee drama and excitement for our fans, our broadcasters and all our stakeholders across the entire season and means, more than ever, that every week counts on the DP World Tour.”

The new schedule announcement also saw a tweak to the 2023 schedule, with the leading DP World Tour member, who earns a PGA Tour exemption for 2024 via the current 2023 Race to Dubai Rankings, also gaining entry into The Players Championship and the Charles Schwab Challenge next year.

The 2023 Race to Dubai standings leader will gain a spot in the 2024 Players Championship.

Furthermore, the leading finisher from the current 2023 Race to Dubai, not otherwise exempt, will earn a spot in two PGA Tour Signature Events in 2024: the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and The Genesis Invitational

DP World Tour 2024 Season Schedule

*Major **Rolex Series Event

PhaseDateEventVenuePrize Fund
Opening SwingNov 23-26, 2023Fortinet Australian PGA ChampionshipRoyal Queensland GC, Brisbane, AustraliaAUD 2,000,000
Opening SwingNov 23-26, 2023Joburg OpenHoughton GC, Johannesburg, South AfricaR17,500,000
Opening SwingNov 30-Dec 3ISPS Handa Australian OpenThe Australian GC & The Lakes GC, Sydney, AustraliaAUD 1,700,000
Opening SwingNov 30-Dec 3, 2023Investec South African Open ChampionshipBlair Atholl Golf & Equestrian Estate, Lanseria, Johannesburg, South Africa$1,500,000
Opening SwingDec 7-10, 2023Alfred Dunhill ChampionshipLeopard Creek CC, Malelane, South Africa€1,500,000
Opening SwingDec 14-17, 2023AfrAsia Bank Mauritius OpenHeritage La Réserve GC, Heritage Bel Ombre, Mauritius$1,200,000
International SwingJan 11-14Dubai InvitationalDubai Creek Resort, Dubai, UAE$2,500,000
International SwingJan 18-21Hero Dubai Desert Classic**Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE$9,000,000
International SwingJan 25-28Ras Al Khaimah ChampionshipAl Hamra GC, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE$2,500,000
International SwingFeb 1-4Bahrain ChampionshipRoyal GC, Kingdom of Bahrain$2,500,000
International SwingFeb 22-25Magical Kenya OpenMuthaiga GC, Nairobi, Kenya$2,000,000
International SwingFeb 29-Mar 3SDC ChampionshipTBC, South Africa$1,500,000
International SwingMar 7-10Jonsson Workwear OpenTBC, South Africa$1,500,000
Asian SwingMar 21-24Singapore ClassicLaguna National Golf Resort Club, Singapore$2,000,000
Asian SwingMar 28-31Asian Event TBATBC$2,000,000
Apr 11-14The Masters*Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA, USATBC
Asian SwingApr 18-21Korea ChampionshipJack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, Incheon, South Korea$2,000,000
Asian SwingApr 25-28ISPS Handa ChampionshipTaiheiyo Club, Gotemba Course, Gotemba City, Japan$2,000,000
Asian SwingMay 2-5Volvo China OpenHidden Grace GC, Shenzhen, China$2,000,000
May 16-19US PGA Championship*Valhalla GC, Louisville, KY, USATBC
European SwingMay 23-26Soudal OpenRinkven International GC, Antwerp, Belgium$2,000,000
European SwingMay30-Jun 2European OpenGreen Eagle Golf Courses, Hamburg, Germany$2,000,000
European SwingJun 6-9Volvo Car Scandinavian MixedTBC, Sweden$2,000,000
Jun 13-16US Open*Pinehurst Resort & CC, Pinehurst, NC, USATBC
European SwingJun 20-23KLM OpenThe International, Amsterdam, The Netherlands$2,000,000
European SwingJun 27-30Italian OpenTBC, Italy$3,250,000
European SwingJul 4-7BMW International OpenGolfclub München Eichenried, Munich, Germany$2,000,000
Closing SwingJul 11-14Genesis Scottish Open**The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland$9,000,000
Closing SwingJul 11-14Event TBATBC, USA$4,000,000
Jul 18-21The 152nd Open Championship*Royal Troon GC, Ayrshire, ScotlandTBC
Closing SwingJul 18-21Barracuda ChampionshipTahoe Mt. Club, Truckee, CA, USA$4,000,000
Aug 1-4Olympic Men’s Golf CompetitionLe Golf National, Paris, FranceN/A
Closing SwingAug 15-18D+D Real Czech MastersAlbatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic$2,000,000
Closing SwingAug 22-25Danish Golf ChampionshipLübker Golf Resort, Aarhus, Denmark$2,000,000
The Back 9Aug 29-Sep 1Betfred British Masters hosted by Sir Nick FaldoThe Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, England$3,500,000
The Back 9Sep 5-8Omega European MastersCrans-sur-Sierre GC, Crans Montana, Switzerland$2,500,000
The Back 9Sep 12-15Horizon Irish OpenRoyal County Down GC, Newcastle, Co Down, Northern Ireland$6,000,000
The Back 9Sep 19-22BMW PGA Championship**Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey, England$9,000,000
The Back 9Sep 26-29acciona Open de España presented by Madrid CClub de Campo Villa de Madrid, Madrid, Spain$3,250,000
The Back 9Oct 3-6Alfred Dunhill Links ChampionshipOld Course St Andrews, Carnoustie & Kingsbarns, Scotland$5,000,000
The Back 9Oct 10-13Open de FranceLe Golf National, Paris, France$3,250,000
The Back 9Oct 17-20Andalucia MastersReal Club de Golf Sotogrande, San Roque, Andalucia, Spain$3,250,000
The Back 9Oct 24-27Event TBATBCTBC
DP World Tour Play-offsNov 7-10Abu Dhabi Championship**DP World Tour Play-offs$9,000,000
DP World Tour Play-offsNov 14-17DP World Tour Championship**Jumeirah Golf Estates, Earth Course, Dubai, UAE$10,000,000

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