The biggest prize in golf will be on offer on the European Tour in 2019 as part of changes which were made to the the final three Rolex events.
The prize money for the the winner of the DP World Championship event in Dubai will bring home with them 3 million dollars, which is a massive increase to that of what Australian golfer Danny Willett took home with him in 2018 when he pocketed 1.33 million dollars. The event has now overtook the US Open in terms of prize money. Over the last two years Brooks Koepka has won the event and he has took home 2.16 million for his back to back wins.
This is not the only increase prize money in events though as other events have also risen their purse. The Players Championship winner in the US will take home 2.25 million dollars, while winners of the Turkish Airlines Open and the Nedbank golf challenge will receive a cool 2 million dollars and 2.5 million dollars. There is also a lot of money at stake if you manage to get into the first five on the Race to Dubai, a 5 million dollar bonus pool is put in place with the 2 million dollars going to whoever finishes first. Originally it was the top 10 and money would be split but this has now been revised by event organisers.
These big prize pools are hoped that they would attract all the top golfers to the events. The Chief Executive of the European Tour said that the changes in prize money would attract the big players. For instance Rory McIlroy according to RTE Sport has only committed to to regular events in 2019. Pelley said “The changes we have announced in terms of enhanced winner’s cheques, Race to Dubai points and Bonus Pool dividend are designed to increase the excitement around the end of the season for our fans, as well as encourage greater top player participation in our final three events”.
It remains to be seen whether the big hitting golfers will throw their hats into the tournament I suspect with the prize money on offer they will be.