Shane Lowry is delighted for the likes of fellow Irish Johnny Caldwell, Niall Kearney, Cormac Sharvin and Paul Dunne following the announcement of a new DP World Tour ahead of next year’s 50th anniversary of the formation of the European Tour
The Tour announced ahead of last week’s event in Dubai, and actually from next week, that the main European Tour is being renamed and will boast 47 tournaments in 27 countries.
And the likes of Caldwell, Kearney, Sharvin and Dunne will be in South Africa starting next week with the Joburg Open for the opening three events on the 2021/22 wraparound schedule.
“News of a DP World Tour is great news for those lads like Niall, Johnny, Cormac Sharvin, Paul Dunne and the others such as Gavin Moynihan firstly in playing for more prize money and it means that they can earn a better living, as it’s not cheap travelling to all the destinations on the European Tour,” said Lowry ahead of this week’s DP World Tour Championship.
“It’s the same with the caddies as they have to expend large amounts also to get themselves to the various tour stops.
“I know the guys were playing for a million dollars here last week and the events coming-up in South Africa are each around a million, so it will be good when we get back out this way to the Middle East in the New Year and they’ll see the benefits of the increased prize-money.
“The thing is also if you don’t finish top-10 in those tournaments you are virtually losing money. Sometimes people don’t understand that. People, on the whole, only see the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and guys like this who are making millions, while I am doing quite well, also.
“You don’t know of the struggle it is for the guys travelling to all points of the compass fighting to make a living out of this game week-in and week-out on the European Tour.
“So, congratulations to the European Tour and DP World in boosting the prize-money in those smaller events.”