DP World Tour to become 'feeder' for PGA Tour

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Matt Fitzpatrick playing retired  of a bunker astatine  SawgrassMatt Fitzpatrick followed a four-over-par 76 successful circular 1 with a one-under 71 but looks acceptable to miss the chopped astatine the Players
Dates: 9-12 March Venue: TPC Sawgrass, Florida
Coverage: Live vigor and substance commentary connected Radio 5 Sports Extra, BBC Sounds and BBC Sport website and app for last 2 rounds connected Saturday, 11 and Sunday, 12 March

The DP World Tour is destined to "become a feeder" for the PGA Tour, says US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick.

The America-based circuit gave its European counterpart much than £100m arsenic portion of a "strategic alliance" successful 2020.

In a bid to fortify that enslaved and combat disconnected the menace of LIV Golf, past twelvemonth the PGA Tour gave 10 spots to the apical players connected Europe's wealth list.

"I don't deliberation the 'strategic alliance' is everything it's made retired to be," said England's Fitzpatrick.

"My biggest gripe is that the PGA Tour isn't doing capable to assistance physique up the DP World Tour.

"I don't consciousness similar there's been capable assistance fixed to Europe. Whether it's money, whether it's starts for players, it's decidedly going to go a feeder tour."

Fitzpatrick, who won his archetypal large astatine past year's US Open, is successful Florida this week for the PGA Tour's flagship $25m (£21m) Players Championship lawsuit astatine Sawgrass.

However, the satellite fig 12 looks acceptable to miss the halfway chopped aft finishing his 2nd circular connected 3 implicit par.

When questioned astir the spot of the DP World Tour, the 28-year-old replied: "You've lone got to look astatine the tract backmost home, and however galore times the apical players are going backmost to play.

"People volition accidental I'm 1 of those who person near the European Tour, but I haven't. I inactive play implicit there, but the champion players are implicit present [in the US] and I request to vie against them arsenic often arsenic I can.

"I'll inactive spell back, but I truly don't cognize however often you tin bash that erstwhile it's each geared to playing here."

And erstwhile asked if the thought to springiness places connected the PGA Tour to the apical 10 players not already exempt connected the European Tour's wealth database was antagonistic productive, Fitzpatrick said: "Yeah, it adds to the connection that you've got to play implicit here, and it volition conscionable marque it much hard for the European Tour to get beardown fields going forward.

"The Tour seemed to beryllium connected a bully path, past Covid came, and everything that has happened since past has blown it retired of the h2o really."

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan addressed those concerns by highlighting the information that this July's Scottish Open volition again beryllium jointly sanctioned by some circuits.

Speaking to BBC Sport's Iain Carter, helium said: "The opportunities going guardant are significant.

"When you look astatine each of our tournaments, that's a existent planetary beingness and we person a committedness to that circuit to find ways to make much opportunities for them."

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