Daniel Hillier has ensured there will be two Kiwi golfers with fulltime status on the DP World Tour next season after booking his spot today.
Hillier’s maiden European Tour card was assured after coming seventh in the Challenge Tour’s overall season rankings following the final event in Mallorca, Spain.
The top 20 on the season standings earned their card and Hillier did so after finishing in a tie for 23rd in the season-ending Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final event.
Hillier will join Ryan Fox on the tour and it comes after the European tour revealed it will offer US$20,000 at the start of the season for rookies.
The DP World Tour announced last week it will pay US$150,000 against players’ earnings and US$1,500 to other players if they miss the cut as part of a new schedule announced that boosts prize money.
The tour said prize money would be US$144.2 million, not including the four majors and the World Golf Championship in Texas.
The four Rolex Series events — Abu Dhabi, Dubai, the Scottish Open and BMW PGA Championship — get US$1 million increases to $9 million, with the season-ending DP World Tour Championship having a US$10 million purse.