DP World Tour adds more tournaments for disabled golfers

Brendan Lawlor playing golfer
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The DP World Tour has announced a new set of tournaments exclusively aimed for disabled golfers which will tee off later this year.

The newly titled G4D [Golf for the Disabled] schedule will include at least seven tournaments, expanded from the five held in 2021, taking place at the Betfred British Masters hosted by Danny Willett, the Porsche European Open, the BMW PGA Championship and the Estrella Damm N.A Andalucia Masters.

This year’s event comes with a package of financial, commercial and media support for the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA).

The DP World Tour has also announced it will financially support the European Disabled Golf Association so it can move to a semi-professional level from its current volunteer-based organisation.

G4D will hold its first event at The Belfry, England on May 2-3 before moving to Germany ahead of the Porsche European Open in Germany [May 30-31], Horizon Irish Open in Ireland [July 27-28], Northern Ireland’s Galgorm Resort [August 8-9] returning to the UK for a tournament at Wentworth Club on September 5-6.

From there the tour visits Real Club Valderrama in Spain ahead of the Estella Damn N.A. Andalucía Masters [October 10-11] before heading to The DP World Tour Championship in Dubai for the final held at Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 14-15.

The first Golf for Disabled tournaments took place in 2019 during the Betfred British Masters at Hillside Golf Course which saw players from the World Ranking for golfers with a disability [WR4GD] using the same golf courses for DP World Tour events.

Since then there have been seven events which have seen players compete from 15 countries on five continents.

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour group, told Sky Sports: "We are committed to ensuring inclusivity in the game of golf - one of the key pillars of our business - and this is another chapter in the evolution of our fantastic relationship with EDGA.

"As has been proven in the two years since we began this partnership, Golfers with Disabilities are deserving of the same exposure and adulation as our DP World Tour players - they are incredibly talented golfers and great ambassadors for our sport. When you watch these golfers play, you immediately talk about their ability rather than their disability.

"That is the reason why we are pushing for golf to be included in the Paralympics, and our enhanced support of the G4D Tour is undoubtedly another important step on that journey."

Tony Bennett, President of EDGA, said: "For 50 years the European Tour group has been at the forefront of golf performance, and today's announcement is a game changer that will inspire individuals with disability across the globe to try golf for the first time or continue their participation in the game.

"We are delighted to further strengthen our partnership with The European Tour group. Golfers with a disability at all levels will benefit from this support.

"Together we will accelerate the development of systems, programmes and tools that build capacity in the golf industry, expand delivery of coaching education and outreach sessions in traditional and non-traditional golf venues, and open golf to individuals with a disability."

Golf was banned three times in Scotland between the years of 1457 and 1744 because the government believed it interfered with military training.