The Champion Cup, the match play event in Abu Dhabi

It’s called the Hero Cup, and it’s a new match-play event based on the Ryder model, which will take place from January 13-15, 2023 in Abu Dhabi. This is the news announced by the DP World Tour.

Champion Cup, schedule

On the one hand, a team made up of players from Great Britain and Ireland, and on the other hand a team of top players from the continent of Europe.

An appointment required by Luke Donald, captain of Team Europe at the 2023 Ryder Cup in Rome, to “provide the playing and leadership experience” The two teams will be decided after the 2022 DP World Championship – rankings in relation to the men’s first continental circuit will be taken into account – as will the team captains.

It will also be the first round of the 2023 season by watching the Ryder Cup. Professional golf originated in Europe, specifically Scotland. The early professionals were craftsmen who built clubs and course managers who also taught golf to the wealthy who could afford to play (the first equipment, all handcrafted was very expensive) and played some games against each other for a small fee.

The first multi-participant tournament was the British Open, established in 1860. That year it was for professionals and saw eight players initially. The following year, amateurs were also accepted. Contrary to what happens in other sports, the difference between amateurs and professionals has never created particular problems, at least at the highest levels of competition.

In the decades since the birth of the British Open, the number of tournaments offering cash prizes has slowly but surely increased. Most of them were organized in the United Kingdom, but there have also been several national open tournaments in various continental European countries.

However, for several years it remained impossible for players to support themselves with the awards they won. Beginning in 1901, British Professionals were represented by the Professional Golfers’ Association, which eventually established the European Tour.

After the Second World War, prize money began to increase significantly, also thanks to television coverage of competitions. However, each tournament remained separately organized by a single club, federation or sponsor.

In the United States, the PGA Tour has actually been around since the 1930s, so in 1972, the Professional Golfers’ Association founded the European Tour. In the early years, the season lasted six months, spanning from April to October and taking place entirely in Europe, especially in Great Britain and Ireland.

For example, the 1972 season consisted of 20 championships, 12 of them in the United Kingdom and one in Ireland. Of the seven tournaments held in the continent of Europe, six were the national open, namely Dutch, German, Italian, French, Spanish and Swiss, while the seventh was the Madrid Open.

Over the next three decades, the tour gradually expanded and globalized. The first tournament held outside Europe was the Tunisian Open in 1982. That year, the season consisted of 27 tournaments and lasted until November.

In 1984, the European PGA Tour became independent from the Professional Golfers’ Association. The European Tour has always had the obvious risk of its best players moving to the PGA Tour. The PGA Tour generally offers higher prizes and European players want to increase their prestige by participating in the three major tournaments to be held in the United States next.

Having played other tournaments in that country to get used to the different style of tournaments. To counter this phenomenon in 1988, the European Tour introduced the “Volvo Bonus Pool”: it was an additional award given at the end of the season among the best players of the year, but only players who played a large number of tours and tournaments.

The system lasted until 1998, after which time the prize pool was again concentrated in individual tournaments. In 1989 the tour stopped for the first time in Asia for the Dubai Desert Classic. By 1990, the calendar included 38 championships, including 37 in Europe and the start of the season moved to February.

The first Far East Tour Championship was the Johnnie Walker Classic in Bangkok in 1992. It was one of the major innovations as the Far East has since become the Tour’s second home. Soon after the tour, in 1994, it appeared in a country of the former Soviet bloc with the open Czech Republic, but in those countries development remained limited, due to the scarce financial power of local sponsors compared to Western Europe. And the difficulty of finding free calendar dates in the summer.

However, the level two round, the Challenge Round, stopped in those areas more frequently than the main round. In 1995, the European Tour began organizing tournaments in association with other tours starting with the South African Tour (now the Sunshine Tour).

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