Hero Cup, the match play event in Abu Dhabi

Hero Cup, the match play event in Abu Dhabi

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

Hero Cup, schedule

On the one hand a team made up of players from Great Britain & Ireland, on the other a team of big players from continental Europe.

An appointment wanted by Luke Donald, captain of the Europe team at the Ryder Cup 2023 in Rome, “to provide gaming experience and leadership” The two teams will be defined after the DP World Tour Championship 2022 – the ranking regarding the top men’s continental circuit will be taken into account – as will the captains of the teams.

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

The first multi-participant tournament was the British Open, created in 1860. That year it was reserved for professionals and saw eight players at the start. The following year, amateurs were also admitted. 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 following the birth of the British Open, the number of tournaments offering cash prizes slowly but steadily increased. Most took place in the UK, but there were also several national open tournaments in various continental European countries.

However, for several years it remained impossible for the players to support themselves through the prizes they won. Beginning in 1901, British professionals were represented by the Professional Golfers’ Association, which eventually created the European Tour.

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

In the United States the PGA Tour already existed since the 1930s, so in 1972 the Professional Golfers’ Association founded the European Tour. In the early years the season lasted six months, ran from April to October and took place entirely in Europe, mainly in Great Britain and Ireland.

For example, the 1972 season consisted of 20 tournaments, 12 of which in the UK and one in Ireland. Of the seven tournaments played in continental Europe, six were national opens, namely the 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 played outside Europe was the Tunisian Open in 1982. In that year the season consisted of 27 tournaments and lasted until November.

In 1984 the PGA European Tour became independent from the Professional Golfers’ Association. The European Tour has always had a clear 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 taking part in the three Major tournaments that are played in the United States next.

having played other tournaments in that country to get used to the different style of the courses. To counter the phenomenon in 1988 the European Tour introduced the “Volvo Bonus Pool”: it was an extra prize that was awarded at the end of the season among the best players of the year, but only players who had played a large number of tour tournaments.

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

The Tour’s first tournament in the Far East was the Johnnie Walker Classic in Bangkok in 1992. It was one of the major innovations as the Far East has since become something of a second home to the Tour. Shortly after the Tour, in 1994, it made its appearance in a country of the former Soviet bloc with the Czech Republic Open, but in those countries development remained limited, both due to the scarce financial power of local sponsors compared to those of Western Europe and the difficulty of finding free calendar dates in the summer period.

However, the second tier tour, the Challenge Tour, made stops in those areas more frequently than the main one. in 1995 the European Tour began organizing tournaments in collaboration with other tours starting with the collaboration with the Southern African Tour (now Sunshine Tour).

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