The 2023 Mizuno Next Gen Series will offer 36 events spread across the UK and Northern Ireland with a total prize fund of £1,800,000 and over 40 Challenge Tour invites.
A revamped two-tier development system will see 18 Tier one events with a minimum prize value of £60,000 including three £100,000 prize fund events and 18 Multi-day events in Tier two with prize funds of a guaranteed £30,000.
It is widely expected that the Clutch Pro Tour will receive a number of Challenge Tour cards as well as several starts on Europe’s second-tier as it steps into the shoes of the EuroPro Tour. The Tartan Tour in Scotland will also receive a couple of Challenge Tour cards – the EuroPro previously had five cards on offer at the end of the season.
This new format gives players the opportunity to progress through the ranks and further their careers with a clear pathway to the next level of European golf.
Tier one players will be afforded the opportunity or progress and earn promotion to the Challenge Tour via an Order of Merit system while those players in Tier two can climb the ladder to the top tier for the following season depending on performances.
Mizuno’s David Matthews believes the series is needed to offset turmoil on tour over the last few years. “The opportunities for emerging talent have been limited for a few years since COVID hit.
“The #MizNextGen Series is our way of resolving that. It also aligns really well with the type of players Mizuno is going to support in the future. Mizuno’s money isn’t needed at the elite level of the game now – we’ll let our equipment do most of our future the work there. We need to invest where players actually feel the benefit.”
While the world’s top tours are in battle with each other, developmental golf is in danger of being left behind. Young and aspiring professionals will be gaining regular playing opportunities and getting a full season of tour golf under their belt.
Young professionals from the UK and Ireland will be afforded the opportunity to progress their careers and Mizuno are committed to developing emerging talent.
Mizuno Staff player and European Ryder Cup Captain, Luke Donald, said on Twitter: “Well done @MizunoGolfEU for getting behind this – opportunities for the next generation of golfers to shine.”
Mizuno’s Tour Manager, Alex Thorne, commented: “This is huge for Mizuno. With recent changes to the development tours, this is going to create even more opportunities for talented players and we can’t wait to be a part of it.”
“As we’ve said before, there’s a legacy of world #1s and major winners to have played Mizuno equipment – and it’s our responsibility to make sure that continues. We believe partnerships like this with the Clutch pro, offer the most meaningful way to do that and also enable us to work with young talented players and help them make those strides to the game’s elite level.”
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