European Tour members received a further boost today with the announcement that The 2015 Race to Dubai Bonus Pool has been significantly increased through the implementation of an additional bonus scheme. Following hard on the heels of figures released last week – which showed total prize money on The 2015 European Tour to have increased by 18.5% on the 2014 total to almost €170 million – is the news that the Bonus Pool could be increased by almost 30 per cent this November.
The magnification – for the players who finish in the top 15 at the conclusion of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai on Sunday November 22 – comes by way of an incentivised benefit awarded to those players who play in three out of the four Final Series events.
Should this criteria be met, the money awarded will be calculated as a percentage of the money earned already by the player through the existing US$5 million Bonus Pool.
It will also take the form of a sliding scale – with the winner of The Race to Dubai earning an additional US$625,000 (representing 50% of US$1.25 million) down to the player in 15th place earning an additional US$10,000 (representing 10% of US$100,000).
If all players in the top 15 play three out of four of the Final Series events, the additional bonus outlay will be US$1,365,500, meaning the total reward available for the Final Series, including prize money and bonus pool, will be US$36,865,500.
Because of this new incentive, the Bonus Pool will no longer be treated as Official Money and, unlike last year, will not be added to the final Race to Dubai Rankings.
One other change to this year’s Final Series is the fact that the four tournaments – the Turkish Airlines Open from October 29 – November 1, the WGC-HSBC Champions from November 5-8, the BMW Masters from November 12-15, and the DP World Tour Championship from November 19-22 – will now all feature enhanced Race to Dubai points breakdowns totalling 8,000,000 points, with the winner receiving 1,333,330 points.
This is an adjustment from the 10,000,000 points on offer for these tournaments at the end of the 2014 season (where the winners received 1,666,660 points) and helps bring all four events more in line with the regular season tournaments on The 2015 European Tour International Schedule where every euro earned is worth one point.
Keith Waters, Chief Operating Officer and Director of International Policy for The European Tour said: “We are delighted to announce this important addition to the Bonus Pool for this season’s Race to Dubai in addition to the points adjustment for the Final Series, both of which have the support of the European Tour membership, through the auspices of the Tournament Committee.
“They also have the full backing of the four sponsors involved in our Final Series and I would like to put on record the sincere thanks of The European Tour to Turkish Airlines, HSBC, BMW and DP World, whose support and commitment to the Tour and the Final Series is greatly appreciated.”