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Golfers on the DP World Tour will be guaranteed six-figure pay packets from next season as part of the European effort to stave off further defections to the Saudi-backed LIV circuit.<br>Under a new scheme announced on Thursday, players who tee up in at least 15 events have been told they will receive a minimum of £133,120 ($150,000).<br>They will also contest a hiked prize pot of £124million across 39 tournaments, with an increased £5.3m bonus pool for the eight players who top their season-ending rankings.<br> <br /> The incentives echo moves taken earlier this year by the PGA Tour as the traditional front of golf adapts to the crisis posed by LIV's arrival in the ecosystem.<br>It remains to be seen if the new measures prove effective against the Saudi riches - the bottom-ranked LIV player in one of their events would pocket £107,000 - but it will be welcomed by golfers who wanted to see a material response.<br>While the new schedule covers tournaments in 26 countries, featuring new events in Singapore, Thailand and South Korea, there is no designated stop at the notorious Valderrama course in Spain, which is expected to be added to the LIV roster in 2023.<br>      (image:  )    Players who tee up in at least 15 DP World Tour events will receive a minimum of £133,120 <br>      (image:  )    DP World Tour's Keith Pelley said increased pay-packets are part of 'long-term growth plan'<br>  RELATED ARTICLES                    Share this article Share    DP World Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said in a statement: ‘For us to be able to offer our members record prize funds and enhanced earning opportunities is massive, particularly when global economies are still feeling the effects of the pandemic and with the new challenge of rising inflation significantly putting pressure on costs in all facets of our business.<br>‘Our overall prize fund for the 2023 season represents $50 million more than 2021 and also underlines the strength of our partnership with the PGA Tour, who are working with us to drive revenue and a long-term growth plan.<br>‘One of the many benefits we have been able to introduce because of this partnership is the new earnings assurance programme, similar to what they already have on the PGA Tour. <br>      (image:  )    Pelley confirmed that 'the 2023 season represents $50 million more than 2021' prize fund<br>'I have always believed that it is an incredible accomplishment for any professional golfer to simply gain their playing rights on the DP World Tour and this new initiative recognises and rewards that achievement.<br>‘Although we will never lose the magic of the meritocracy and purity of a performance-based structure, this now offers certainty of income to those players who have made it to the pinnacle of the professional game in Europe.'<br>The 2022 season will conclude in a fortnight with the Tour Championships in Dubai.  Rory McIlroy leads the standings ahead of that finale.<br>      (image:  )    Rory McIlroy is one of the few top-level golfers who has refused to sign up to LIV circuit<br>  RELATED ARTICLES                    Share this article Share      Also visit my web-site ...
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