The European Tour will mark its 50th anniversary next year with a raft of changes, including rebranding as the DP World Tour.
In the 2022 season, the circuit will also co-sanction three events with the PGA Tour as part of golf’s two Major tours’ “strategic alliance”.
All tournaments solely sanctioned by the World Tour will offer prize money of at least $2 million, with the year’s total prize money breaking $200m for the first time.
“Today’s announcement is undoubtedly a momentous one in the proud history of our Tour,” said European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley on Tuesday.
“The launch of the DP World Tour in 2022, coinciding with both of our 50th anniversaries, will herald a new era in global golf.”
Next season will feature at least 47 tournaments in 27 different countries, including new events in Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Belgium and South Africa.
The lucrative Rolex Series has been expanded from four events to five.
The three tournaments co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour will be the Scottish Open and the Barbasol and Barracuda Championships in the United States.
The announcement follows the news last month that Greg Norman – with financial backing from the Saudi sovereign wealth fund PIF – would team up with the Asian Tour to launch 10 new events.
© Agence France-Presse
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