Sam Torrance Says New DP World Tour Can Rival PGA Tour
Former Ryder Cup winning captain Sam Torrance has claimed the new DP World Tour can rival the PGA Tour in America given time.
The Scot was speaking ahead of this week’s DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, the final event before the European Tour is rebranded as the DP World Tour from next week.
“I don’t think there’s even been a better time to hold a full European Tour card than right now,” Torrance told BoyleSports.
“It will change as the years develop, as it is also going to open it up so much more to other golfers who otherwise may not have got a European Tour card before when it truly goes global. It’s the perfect time to get this done and it’s time for a change, it’s been long overdue – what a move by Keith Pelley and all the organisers.
The future of golf has never looked better in my view, especially after a pandemic.
I just wish I was a bit younger to play in it!”
“It is sad in certain ways that this is the last week of the European Tour, but I can honestly say that I don’t think there has ever been a better time for the sport to take this kind of massive step. It’s not just a name change for me, it signifies so much more. I can’t see it failing at all, but it will change the face of the sport in Europe forever, and I think it’ll enhance that. In truth, I never foresaw this move, but it’s the best one they could have made.”
“You’ve got to remember it’ll no longer be the European Tour, it’ll be a bona fide World Tour, which already suggests a bigger magnitude. It’s nothing to do with Europe, it’s just a part of it. Who knows where it’s going to go, maybe they want it to rival the PGA Tour – but one thing is for sure, it is fantastic for world golf and will bring the planet together.
“Don’t get me wrong, the US tour has always been Number 1, even in my day – but it doesn’t necessarily need to be a stepping stone anywhere with the prize money on offer for players. It can stand on its own two feet easily and perhaps even rival it in time.”