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European Swing: Who won, how it unfolded and what it means

European Swing: Who won, how it unfolded and what it means

A familiarity to conditions proved key for players from Europe as they enjoyed a clean sweep of victories during the European Swing.

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The six counting events on the penultimate of the five Global Swings were all won by players from the continent, with the overall champion being confirmed at the conclusion of the BMW International Open over the weekend.

As was the case with the Asian Swing, when there were two Major Championships, points accrued at the U.S. Open did not count towards the European Swing Rankings.

Here, we recap how the swing unfolded, what the Swing Champion earned as the beneficiaries of several key rewards were finalised in Germany and remind of what is still to come.

Who won the European Swing?

With a victory to his name at the KLM Open, hot on the heels of a top ten at the European Open a week before, Guido Migliozzi topped the European Swing Ranking.

The Italian finished with 621.56 Swing Points, 14.23 more than his nearest challenger Nacho Elvira, who himself won during the European Swing at the Soudal Open.

As the champion, Migliozzi earned a US$200,000 bonus as a Swing winner and he is now exempt into all ‘Back 9’ tournaments where players play for increased points on the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex.

Migliozzi follows Sebastian Söderberg (Asian Swing), Rory McIlroy (International Swing) and Min Woo Lee (Opening Swing) as the fourth Swing champion in the first phase of the new-look Race to Dubai schedule.

What else was decided in Germany?

Bernd Wiesberger earned an exemption into the Genesis Scottish Open as the leading available Member not otherwise exempt from the European Swing Ranking.

  • To view the final European Swing standings, click here.

Following the completion of the swing at the BMW International Open, Jesper Svensson, Laurie Canter, Nacho Elvira, Matteo Manassero, and Ewen Ferguson earned spots into The 152nd Open, as the first five players not otherwise exempt from the top 20 of the Race to Dubai Rankings*. *

"The (Open) exemption with this is so much weight off my shoulders and I'm so happy. I can't believe it," said Ferguson after he won the BMW International Open on Sunday.

Members in Categories 18 & 18 (a) have been fully re-ranked in order of points eligible for the re-rank in the current season. The updated category list can be found here.

How did the European Swing unfold?

In his 275th appearance on the DP World Tour, Nacho Elvira survived a tense finale to claim his second DP World Tour title at the Swing-opening Soudal Open in Belgium.

On a dramatic afternoon at Rinkven International Golf Club, the Spaniard – who held a four-shot overnight advantage – parred his final seven holes to hold on for a one-shot victory.

A week later, Laurie Canter entered the winner’s circle on the DP World Tour for the first time at the European Open in Germany in his 142nd appearance.

Despite a top ten at the Soudal Open, the Englishman was playing with a new set of irons at Green Eagle Golf Courses and that decision paid dividends for the three-time Qualifying School graduate.

Two years on from becoming the first female winner in DP World Tour history at the Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed, Linn Grant claimed the silverware for the second time on home soil.

She chased down overnight leader and compatriot Sebastian Söderberg courtesy of a flawless final-round 65 in her hometown of Helsingborg, with a chip-in birdie on the last proving the shot that won her the tournament.

Bryson DeChambeau then won his second U.S. Open, edging Rory McIlroy in a dramatic finish at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina.

The DP World Tour returned to Continental Europe a week later for the KLM Open in The Netherlands, where Guido Migliozzi sealed his fourth DP World Tour win.

The Italian fought off Joe Dean and Marcus Kinhult in a play-off at The International, a victory that ultimately proved instrumental in him emerging as the Swing Champion.

Extra holes were also required at the Italian Open presented by Regione Emilia-Romagna, when Marcel Siem produced a birdie on the final hole in regulation play to finish alongside Tom McKibbin at the top of the leaderboard.

The German then repeated the feat soon after to claim his sixth DP World Tour victory and make a big move up the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex.

Most recently, Ewen Ferguson displayed his talent as he overcome struggles with illness over recent months to become a three-time DP World Tour winner with an impressive performance at the BMW International Open.

He was due to travel to Qualifying on Tuesday of event week but after securing two top 30s following his retirement from the European Open due to vertigo, and with places available via the Race to Dubai and the Genesis Scottish Open, he decided to back himself to play his way to The 152d Open of the season via tournament golf.

What is still to come on the DP World Tour schedule?

No sooner does one swing conclude, another begins. This week’s Genesis Scottish Open marks the first of five counting events on the Closing Swing, the last of five Global Swings, which reaches a climax at the Danish Golf Championship.

The second phase of the season, the 'Back 9', will then encompass nine of the DP World Tour’s most historic tournaments and national Opens and will run from August 2024 to October 2024.

The top 110 players on the Race to Dubai Rankings at the conclusion of this phase in October will earn their DP World Tour cards for 2025 while the top 70 qualify for Phase Three, the DP World Tour Play-Off.

This phase, running in November 2024, will comprise the two final Rolex Series events of the season: the Abu Dhabi Championship and the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.

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