The Hero Cup, a match play event in Abu Dhabi

The Hero Cup, a match play event in Abu Dhabi


A new match game event based on the Raider model will be held in Abu Dhabi from January 13 to 15, 2023, called the Hero Cup. It’s news from DP World Tour.

Hero trophy, schedule

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

The appointment of Luke Donald, the captain of the European team at the Ryder Cup 2023 in Rome, which he wants to “provide playing experience and leadership”, will be announced after the DP World Tour Championship 2022.

It will be the first round of the 2023 season with an eye on the Ryder Cup. Professional golf originated in Europe, particularly Scotland. The first professionals were craftsmen and course managers who built clubs and taught golf to the wealthy who could also play (the original equipment, all hand-made, was very expensive) and played a few games in exchange for a small fee.

The first multi-participant tournament was the British Open, created in 1860. That year, it was prepared for professionals and saw eight players at the beginning. Next year amateurs also entered. Unlike what happens in other sports, the difference between amateurs and professionals has created special problems, at least at the highest levels of competition.

In the decades since the birth of the British Open, the number of tournaments offering prize money has gradually increased. Most were held in the UK, but there were also several national open tournaments in various continental European countries.

However, for some years the players could not support themselves with the prizes they won. Since 1901, British professionals have been 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 competition. However, each tournament is organized by a club, association or sponsor.

The PGA Tour in the United States had been around since the 1930s, so in 1972 the Professional Golfers Association established the European Tour. In its early years, the season lasted six months, from April to October, and was held entirely in Europe, particularly Great Britain and Ireland.

For example, the 1972 season consisted of 20 matches, including 12 in England and one in Ireland. Six of the seven tournaments held in continental Europe are national opens, namely the Dutch, German, Italian, French, Spanish and Swiss, and the seventh is the Madrid Open.

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

In the year In 1984, the PGA European Tour became independent from the Professional Golfers Association. The European Tour had the obvious concern that its best players would move on to the PGA Tour. The PGA Tour generally offers top prizes and European players will be looking to increase their prestige by participating in the next three major tournaments in the United States.

Playing other tournaments in that country to get used to different styles of courses. In the year To deal with the incident in 1988, the European Tour introduced the “Volvo Bonus Pool” – an additional prize awarded to the best players at the end of the year, but only to players who played the most number of tours. Competitions.

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

The tour’s first race in the Far East was the 1992 Johnnie Walker Classic in Bangkok. It was one of the main innovations, as the Far East became the tour’s second home ever since. Shortly after the visit, In 1994, the Open appeared on the former Soviet Union team in the Czech Republic, but growth in those countries was limited, due to the limited financial resources of domestic sponsors compared to Western Europeans. And the problem of finding free calendar dates in the summer.

However, the second tier tour, the Challenge Tour, made more frequent stops at these locations than the original. In the year In 1995, the European Tour partnered with the South African Tour (now the Sunshine Tour) and began organizing tournaments in association with other tours.



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