The rise of ???26m from 2014???s figures has been boosted by the addition of seven new tournaments to the schedule and also helped by prize fund increases for four tournaments, including the European Tour???s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, which had a record purse of ???5m.
This year’s Race to Dubai consists of 48 tournaments played in 27 different countries. The 40 regular European Tour events (excluding the four Major championships and four World Golf championships) contribute ???97.4m to the record overall prize money total ??? an increase of 11.8 per cent on last year.
The addition of the $5m bonus pool, available for the top 15 finishers at the conclusion of the 2015 Race to Dubai, takes the combined prize fund for these regular events past the ???100m mark.
Three new tournaments on European soil – the ???1m Paul Lawrie Match Play, the ???3 million British Masters??and the ???2m Porsche European Open ??? contribute to a combined prize fund of ???51.5m for the 21 events held in the European Tour???s heartland this season.
The European Tour???s Keith Waters said: “It is clear from these positive figures that The European Tour is currently on a very stable footing. Our aim is to give all our members playing opportunities in events around the world, and our robust schedule gives them the chance to do just that.
“The seven new tournaments which have joined schedule in 2015, together with significant prize fund increases for some of our established tournaments, have helped create a schedule which we believe is unparalleled in its strength, variety and diversity.
“We should thank all our tournaments sponsors and promoters and the various federations for their ongoing support and commitment to the European Tour, and we look forward to the second half of a season which has already served to showcase the strength and depth of the tour and our members.”