In its pursuit to become the finest feeder tour in world golf, the revamped MENA Tour has laid out an array of rewards for the members that can be reaped as early as halfway through the 2019 season.
Apart from the traditional professional and amateur spots in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, the players in the 2019 MENA Tour will have five fantastic opportunities to showcase their skills in five leading tournaments.
Based on their ranking after the Spring Season of the Tour – which incorporates five tournaments in February and March apart from the two-leg Qualifying School – the top-five players will each be assured of a guaranteed spot in events on the Asian, Challenge and the European Tours.
“We are committed to make the MENA Tour the most preferred feeder tour in the world,” said David Spencer, Strategic Adviser to the Tour.
“Not only do we have enhanced prize money in each of our events in 2019, we also have a more streamlined and compact schedule divided in two halves which would make it a lot better and easier for players.
“But what we are most proud about is how we have managed to secure playing opportunities in leading tournaments. We understand that participating in tournaments of such quality is something each of our members want.”
The top-ranked player at the end of the first five tournaments on the MENA Tour will get an invitation to play the $3 million Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur from March 21-24, while the second ranked player will get to play in the euro 2.5 million Trophee Hassan II in Morocco. Both events are part of the European Tour.
The third-ranked player gets into the unique Jordan Mixed Open, which is co-sanctioned by the Challenge Tour and will feature players from the Seniors Tour and the Ladies European Tour.
The fourth and fifth ranked players will have an opportunity to play two Asian Tour events – the $750,000 BNI Indonesia Masters and the $500,000 Bank BRI Indonesian Open.
The 2019 season of the MENA Tour starts with the two Qualifying School events to be held at the stunning Ayla Golf Club in Aqaba, Jordan, from January 29.
MENA TOUR PLAYING OPPORTUNITIES
For player ranked fifth:
Bank BRI Indonesian Open
$500,000, Asian Tour
August 15-18, 2019
For player ranked fourth:
BNI Indonesia Masters
$750,000, Asian Tour
July 4-7, 2019
For player ranked third:
Jordan Mixed Open
$363,000, Challenge Tour
April 4-6, 2019
For player ranked second:
Trophee Hassan II
Euro 2.5 million, European Tour
April 25-28, 2019
For player ranked first:
$3 million, European Tour
March 21-24, 2019