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World ranking gap widens between US and Europe (The Associated Press)

Posted: December 27, 2016 at 9:29 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

FILE- In this April 10, 2016 file photo, defending champion Jordan Spieth, left, shakes hands with Masters champion Danny Willett, of England, following the final round of the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. After making a run at the Grand Slam in 2015, Spieth was cruising toward his second straight Masters title when he made the turn on the final day with a commanding five-stroke lead. The young Texan dunked two balls in the water at the par-3 12th for a quadruple bogey that handed the green jacket to England's Willett. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

The European Tour is introducing the Rolex Series this year, which starts in late May with the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and ends in late November with the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. European Tour chief Keith Pelley said one goal was to create a product that ”provides a strong financial offering for our young players so they don’t have to go to the United States.” All the tournaments will have a minimum $ 7 million purse. While 2017 is the inaugural year of the Rolex Series and Pelley expects it to expand, he should get an early indication of its traction.

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