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Who has made the most DP World Tour appearances ever?

If you think you’ve played a lot of golf, wait until you see the numbers these guys have racked up

 

Congratulations to David Howell!

After just under 30 years in the professional game, Howell has made his 722nd start on the DP World Tour – overtaking the previous high mark belonging to Miguel Angel Jimenez.

The Englishman turned professional in 1995 and he won a European Tour event for the first time in 1999 at the Dubai Desert Classic.

His most recent win on the DP World Tour came at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in 2013, the event where he has now broken this proud record in 2023.

“You start off trying to get on tour, you want to earn a living. You eventually realise you’re going to do that, and you have big hopes of winning tournaments, eventually Ryder Cups,” he said in Scotland.

“But I don’t think you’d ever dream of being here this many years later and overtaking first, Sam (Torrance), and eventually, Miguel (Angel Jimenez), who still goes strong, as we know. It’s been a life’s work and it’s been amazing.”

Below we have the rundown of the top 10 players in the appearance-made department of the DP World Tour:

Most European Tour appearances:

10. Roger Chapman

Starts: 618
Wins: 1

9. Paul Lawrie

Starts: 621
Wins: 8

8. Colin Montgomerie

Starts: 628
Wins: 31

7. Robert Karlsson*

Starts: 632
Wins: 11

most european tour appearances

6. Raphael Jacquelin*

Starts: 681
Wins: 4

5. Barry Lane

Starts: 693
Wins: 5

4. Soren Kjeldsen*

Starts: 700
Wins: 4

3. Sam Torrance

Starts: 706
Wins: 21

2. Miguel Angel Jimenez*

Starts: 721
Wins: 21

1. David Howell*
Starts: 722
Wins: 5

*denotes those still playing on the DP World Tour

Altogether, that’s more than 6,600 appearances and 111 wins!

FAQ

What does DP World Tour stand for?

In November 2021, the European Tour was retitled as the DP World Tour as part of a sponsorship agreement with the Dubai-based company DP World.

DP World was founded in 2005 and it specialises in cargo logistics, port terminal operations and free trade zones. DP World reportedly handles 70 million containers brought in on roughly 70,000 vessels.

How to watch the coverage

The DP World Tour is regularly shown on Sky Sports Golf in the United Kingdom. All four days of play are regularly shown each weekend.

What is the DP World Tour?

The DP World Tour is the present name for what many golf fans once knew as the European Tour.

The DP World Tour hosts events across Europe, Asia and Africa throughout each season, as well as collaborating with the PGA Tour and various other organisations to co-sanction tournaments in other regions such as America and Australia.

Is it part of the PGA Tour?

The DP World Tour isn’t part of the PGA Tour, but they share a strategic alliance which was extended in the simmer of 2022 until 2035.

The original partnership was formed in November 2020 and was formed to benefit both tours – such as bringing new title sponsors and increased prize purses to the DP World Tour.

As part of the extension of the alliance, the PGA Tour increased its stake in European Tour Productions from 15% to 40%.

Also, the top 10 players on the Race to Dubai Rankings will earn cards to play on the PGA Tour in 2024.

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Matt Chivers

Matt Chivers

Now on the wrong side of 25, Matt has been playing golf since the age of 13 and was largely inspired to take up the game by countless family members who played golf during his childhood.

Matt is a member at Royal Cinque Ports in Deal playing off a 5 handicap, just a pitching wedge away from his hometown of Dover where he went to school and grew up. He has previously been a member at Etchinghill and Walmer and Kingsdown in Kent.

Having studied history at the University of Liverpool, Matt went on to pass his NCTJ Exams in Manchester a year later to fulfil his lifelong ambition of becoming a journalist. He picked up work experience along the way at places such as the Racing Post, the Independent, Sportsbeat and the Lancashire Evening Post.

Matt joined NCG in February 2023 and is the website’s main source of tour news, features and opinion. He has reported live from events such as The Open, the Ryder Cup and The Players Championship, having also interviewed and spoken to the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Henrik Stenson, to name just a few.

Consuming tour golf on what is a 24/7 basis, you can come to Matt for informed views on the game and the latest updates on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and LIV Golf.

What’s in Matt’s bag: Cobra LTDx LS driver, Cobra LTDx 3-wood, TaylorMade P7MC irons, Ping Glide 4.0 wedges, Odyssey putter.

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