Fabrizio Zanotti has been waiting to hear where he is this week.
He ranked 38th on the DP World Tour, and was about to enter the Scottish Open Genesis. But as of last summer, the alliance between the PGA Tour and the DP Tour means it has had a place on the PGA Tour Barbasol Championshipapproximately 4,000 miles away in Nicholasville, Kentucky, if he does not participate in the Scottish Open.
Zanotti, who is from Paraguay, wasn’t complaining. “It’s really good,” he said. “The partnership is great for us here in Europe to allow us to get there.”
Just a few months ago, the PGA Tour and the European Tour, which oversees the DP World Tour, had an alliance that looked fruitful. After competing for players for several decades, the rounds came together in the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic and by November 2020 they had formalized the partnership.
This meant that players in the PGA and DP World Tours could compete in either event if their rank was sufficient to enter. But mostly that meant that if they weren’t in the Scottish or British Open tournaments, they took a big consolation prize in playing the lower-championships on the more famous PGA Tour.
When this deal was announced in August, it was announced as a sign of deepening cooperation between the tours and sold as a benefit to tour members.
“With our involvement in three events this year, we are no longer competing for the top players,” European Tours commissioner Keith Bailey said in an interview earlier this year.
“Everything changed after November 2020. It was a shift in the way both of our organizations thought of working together as closely as possible and sharing all aspects of our business. We went from competitors to partners.”
Those were the days. This alliance is being tested publicly and politically by the new Saudi-backed LIV golf round. The high-dollar invite series drew a bunch of PGA and DP World Tour players away and sent more established tours scrambling for changes.
In the first event, the winner received $4 million, but there was money guaranteed for every player, including the last place finisher, Andy Ogletreewho won the American Amateur Award in 2019. (He did not take to the scene at the first LIV event in the United States, at Pumpkin Ridge in Oregon, raising doubts about his future career.)
For golfers trying to play their way up the rankings and tournaments, money certainly matters, but golf’s world ranking points are the most important. It’s what determines how much control players have over their schedules.
“The chances of playing with integration are great,” he said. Maverick Antcliffe, who played in college at Augusta State University in Georgia and ranked 171 on the DP Tour. “If you have a good week in this corresponding field event, you have the opportunity to move to the United States, and that is the way I want to go. This strategic alliance has given us a much clearer path.”
Prior to the alliance, the way players in Europe earned invites to participate in the PGA Tour and enter the majors was by being ranked in the top 50 in the world – not just on a particular tour – or by qualifying for the US or Britain. Rehabilitation process. The Strategic Alliance has given talented but lower ranked players a chance to compete on the PGA Tour and possibly finish enough to have more control over their schedule.
While it presents larger existential questions for professional golf, it has more practical consequences than week to week for players trying to participate in tournaments such as the Scottish Open. Will defectors from LIV Golf by being excluded from events give other players a chance to compete? This is another way for players on the cusp of asking if they have a place in events after staying loyal to the round they were playing.
The answers are not clear. First, the two rounds were organized differently. The PGA Tour is a non-profit organization. The European Tour is essentially a union of its members. Therefore, their punishments differed because their members have an outward opinion.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has threatened to suspend or ban players going to the LIV Tour (with a number of players such as Dustin Johnson and Kevin Na resigning from their memberships upon moving to LIV).
Bailey, the European Tour commissioner, had to take a different approach with his players: They were fined $120,000 for playing in the first LIV event in London and banned from playing in the three sanctioned events. Pablo Larzabal and Oliver Becker paid the fines and returned to play on the European Tour recently Irish Open Horizon.
However, the LIV Tour, which set out to challenge the current rounds, is doing so at the expense of upcoming players. Take, for example, Ogletree, who struggled on the PGA Tour but earned US Amateur Champion status to return to. Now the question remains what his LIV tour breakout means for his career.
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The Tours announced major improvements to their partnership at the end of June. Among them is the PGA Tour which has increased its stake in the European Tour to 40 per cent, from 15 per cent, which will result in higher prize money on the DP World Tour. It also gives players on that tour a path to join the PGA Tour, where the top 10 European players at the end of the season receive the perks of playing in the United States.
“The participation of DP World and these players will only help expand our tournament, which is great for our sponsor, Barracuda Networks,” said Chris Huff, Barracuda Championship Director, noting that there will be 50 DP World Tour players in. Plus 106 from the PGA Tour.
“There are a lot of guys out there that want to come in. It’s a mid-to-top championship when it comes to the amount of Race to Dubai points available as well as the purse.”
These points are important, and since none of the players who went to the LIV round were able to play in the three approved events this season, it provides an opportunity for other players who remain on the rounds.
For a player like Antcliff, whose 550 world rating sometimes makes it hard to enter tournaments, alternative field events give him hope. “For me, it’s great when there’s an event and you have the opportunity to play in the same week,” he said. “It’s a long season. Your best week is approaching. It’s another chance to play the PGA Tour event.”
The joint penalty changes weren’t great for all tournaments. at recent days John Deere Classic She was playing against the Scottish Open. Allegedly, fame was waiting for a jet-setter to take the winner to the British Open.
Zanotti will play this week in the Scottish Open. The next week, though, he had planned to play in the Barracudas on the PGA Tour, but his fourth-place finish at the Irish Open saw him enter the British Open.
Zanotti, who has a world ranking of 237, said, “It’s not very easy to play on the PGA Tour if you’re not in the top 50. That’s why I think it’s great to have these two chances. You can always win or have a good week.”