The Point system of the Race to Dubai, currently, has been calculated in proportion to the earnings of the tournament winnings.In fact the points were equivalent to the gains (in USD) $ 1 = 1 point.
This system has created strong disparities between the various sporting events, due to their huge difference in premium between major and minor ones (The 50th place at WGC-Bridgestone = $ 55,000 and 55,000 points Race to Dubai, same position at the Open= $ 37,000 and 37,000 points Race to Dubai).
The Players’ Tournament Committee has approved a new scoring system that will establish greater consistency during the 2019 season. Starting this week with the Hong Kong Open Honma, the new system will be used, which with a 5: 1 ratio, it is intended to interrupt the disparity of winnings of the old system which had a 12: 1 ratio.
From 2019 each tournament will be ranked in one of the nine categories called bands.Each band is determined by the prize money and the prestige of the tournament as follows:
1. $ 1 million – $ 1,749 million = 2000 points available 2. $ 1.75 million – $ 2.49 million = 2750 points available 3. $ 2.5 million – $ 3.294 million = 3500 points available 4. $ 3.25 million – $ 3.99 million = 4.25 points available 5. $ 4 million – $ 4.99 million = 5,000 points available 6. $ 5 million – $ 5.499 million = 5,500 points available 7. Rolex Series events = 7000, 7500 or 8000 points available (based on prize pool) 8. World Golf Championships (WGC) = 9000 points available 9. Major Championship = 10,000 points available
In addition, for each position in the ranking of each tournament there will be an allocation of points available, standardized universal, therefore, considering that the 50th place at each event of the Race to Dubai is worth 0.48% of the points available, the division of pointswill be:
– Band 1 = 9.6 points – Band 2 = 13.2 points – Band 3 = 16,8 points – Band 4 = 20.4 points – Band 5 = 24 points – Band 6 = 26.4 points – Rolex series events = 33.6 points – 38.4 points (based on the jackpot) – World Golf Championships (WGC) = 43.2 points – Major Championships = 48 points
These changes will create a more coherent system based on performance rather than the category of membership of the Tour. This will reduces the differential between larger and smaller events and provides professionals, who do not participate in larger prize events, a fairer opportunity to stay in the running, without neglecting the traditional and important hierarchy of Professional Tournaments.