“This year’s War of the Stars~”..KPGA Champions Tour catching up with Japan

The Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Champions Tour will be held as a ‘war of the stars’ in which a large number of former star players participate.

Founded in 1997, the Champions Tour is divided into a senior division for those aged 50 or older and a grand senior division for those aged 60 or older.

Choi Sang-ho (68), Choi Kwang-soo (63), Jo Cheol-sang (65), Park Nam-shin (64), Kim Jong-deok (62), Shin Yong-jin (59), Kang Uk-soon (57), Seok Jong-yul (54), and Park No-seok are on the Champions Tour this season. (56), Park Do-gyu (53), Mo Jung-gyeong (52), and other players who commanded domestic men’s golf will be active.

In addition, Choi Kyung-joo (53) and Yang Yong-eun (51) hold Champions Tour seeds, and Heo Seok-ho (50) and Jang Ik-je (50) are also qualified to compete on the senior stage, so depending on their participation, the senior tour will be richer. can 

The Champions Tour held a total prize money of 950 million won in 11 competitions in 2020 and 13 competitions in 2021, with a total prize money of 1.15 billion won안전놀이터. Last year, the total prize money of 1.4 billion won was held in 13 tournaments, catching up with the scale of the Japanese senior tour.

The number of broadcast competitions and average ratings are also noteworthy. In 2020, only 4 competitions were broadcast, but 6 competitions in 2021 and 7 competitions in 2022 visited viewers. The average viewership rating is also the second highest among KPGA tours after the Korean Tour.

The satisfaction of the title sponsor is high as it is full of interesting storytelling elements. In addition, it is rumored that interest in the Champions Tour is increasing as it targets middle-aged people with lower operating costs and higher purchasing power than regular tours.

The KPGA, which has played a major role in increasing the number of Champions Tour tournaments and total prize money every year, seeks to expand the base of the senior tour in earnest by increasing the scale this season. A KPGA official said, “There are still high mountains to overcome, but we plan to step out for the quantitative and qualitative growth of the Champions Tour.”