2023 DGPT Championship Preview: A Record Purse for the Final Act


The
last
stop
of
the
2023
Tour.

Photo:
DGPT.

After
24
events
across
18
states
and
3
countries,
the
2023
Disc
Golf
Pro
Tour
will
come
to
a
close
this
weekend
with
the
DGPT
Championship.
For
a
fourth
consecutive
year,
the
DGPT
will
be
awarding
a
record
payout
to
their
MPO
and
FPO
tour
champions,
with
$40,000
going
to
this
year’s
winners.
In
total,
$322,000

also
a

record
sum


will
be
disbursed
amongst
the
20
FPO
and
32
MPO
players
who
qualified
for
the
event.

This
year
also
features
a
new
format,
inspired
by
the
PGA
Tour’s
FedEx
Cup.
The
top
seeded
players
will
receive
bonus
strokes
under-par
to
start
the
semifinal
rounds,
with
points
champions

Kristin
Tattar

and

Calvin
Heimburg

starting
the
furthest
under-par.
All
competitors
will
play
36
holes
over
two
days,
with
the
top-12
MPO
and
top-8
FPO
scores
advancing
to
the
final
two
rounds.
All
scores
will
be
reset
to
even
par
for
the
final
rounds,
with
no
players
carrying
any
bonus
strokes.

Last
year,
Tattar
easily
advanced
out
of
the
semifinal
round
as
the
top
seed
and
cruised
through
the
final
round
with
little
stress.
Even
with
an
OB
stroke
and
a
three-putt
double-bogey
on
the
final
hole,
Tattar
still
won
by
two
strokes
to
claim
the
$35,000
grand
prize.
In
MPO,

Isaac
Robinson

and
Ricky
Wysocki
quickly
separated
themselves
in
the
finals
and
spent
the
entire
round
within
one
stroke
of
each
other.
Robinson
went
into
the
difficult
hole
18
up
by
one
stroke,
but
Wysocki
was
able
to
knock
down
a
birdie
putt
on
the
edge
of
the
circle
to
force
a
playoff.
Both
players
walked
back
to
18’s
tee,
where
Wysocki
proceeded
to
play
the
hole
nearly
identically,
carding
another
birdie
and
taking
home
the
trophy.

Past
Winners

Open Open
Women
2022 Ricky
Wysocki
Kristin
Tattar
2021 Nathan
Queen
Missy
Gannon
2020 Kevin
Jones
Hailey
King
2019 Chris
Dickerson
Catrina
Allen
2018 Chris
Dickerson
Sarah
Hokom
2017 Ricky
Wysocki
Paige
Pierce
2016 Paul
McBeth
Catrina
Allen

Three
Things
We’ll
Be
Watching

1.
There
is
certainly
an
advantage
to
being
a
higher
seed
beyond
just
the
bonus
strokes
awarded.
At
the
end
of
the
semifinal
rounds,
any
tiebreakers
are
decided
by
which
player
has
the
highest
seed.
Last
year,
newly
crowned
USDGC
champion

Kyle
Klein

missed
out
on
the
finals
despite
tying

Gannon
Buhr

in
the
semifinal
round.

Because
Buhr
was
a
higher
seed,
he
was
able
to
advance
and
Klein’s
tournament
came
to
an
end.
Klein
walked
away
with
$5,500
but
missed
out
on
a
guaranteed
$9,000
and
a
chance
at
the
$35,000
grand
prize.
There
has
been
at
least
one
instance
of
this
every
year,
but
with
the
new
format,
there
will
only
be
one
cut
midway
through
the
tournament.
As
players
come
down
the
back
nine
to
close
out
the
semifinals,
lower
seeded
players
should
be
pushing
to
get
at
least
one
stroke
above
the
cut
line
to
avoid
losing
a
tiebreaker
on
their
seeding.

2.
It
appears
that
the
MPO
Player
of
the
Year
contest
will
be
decided
this
weekend.
A
3rd
place
finish
for

Isaac
Robinson

at
last
week’s
USDGC
may
have
pushed
him
right
in
line
or
slightly
ahead
of

Calvin
Heimburg
,
who
finished
one
stroke
worse
in
5th
place.
A
win
for
either
player
would
almost
certainly
give
them
the
nod,
but
a
win
for

Gannon
Buhr

could
make
things
very
interesting.
Buhr
has
more
wins
than
either
player
but
has
not
been
nearly
as
consistent
throughout
the
season.

If
Gannon
can
win
the
tour
championship,
voters
could
be
split
on
the
decision.
Likewise,
if
any
of
these
players
fail
to
advance
into
the
finals,
that
could
be
enough
to
eliminate
them
from
contention.
Heimburg
will
carry
a
one
stroke
advantage
over
Robinson
and
a
two
stroke
advantage
over
Buhr
in
the
semifinals
as
the
points
champion.

3.

Kristin
Tattar
’s
“super-slam”
may
have
been
squashed
by
a
playoff
loss
at
last
week’s
Throw
Pink
Championship,
but
she
still
has
an
opportunity
to
make
history
this
weekend.
Tattar
is
the
reigning
tour
champion,
and
no
FPO
player
has
ever
been
able
to
defend
their
title
at
the
tour
finale.
A
win
would
not
only
give
Tattar
that
prestige,
but
also
add
another
$40,000
to
her
already
record-setting
year,
increasing
her
2023
winnings
to
nearly
$150,000.
Starting
the
semifinals
at
5-under
par,
Kristin
should
easily
walk
into
the
final
rounds.
UDisc
gives
the
Estonian
a
greater
than
99%
chance
of
advancing
to
the
final
8.

The
Course:
Nevin
Park

Established
in
2009,
Nevin
Park
was
one
of
the
courses
used
during
the
2012
Pro
World
Championships
and
is
often
referred
to
as
a
sister
course
to

Hornet
’s
Nest.
Due
to
a
large
infrastructure
project
at

Hornet
’s
Nest,
the
DGPT
was
forced
to
find
a
new
venue
for
last
year’s
tour
finale
and
has
once
again
returned
to
Nevin.

While
15
holes
from
last
year’s
layout
remain,
the
order
of
the
holes
has
been
changed,
and
many
holes
have
undergone
small
changes.
Several
mandatories
have
been
added,
as
well
as
separate
MPO
and
FPO
specific
baskets
to
increase
or
reduce
the
length
of
certain
holes.
Hole
1,
3,
and
11
from
last
year’s
layout
will
not
be
played
this
year,
and
holes
1,
17
and
18
on
this
year’s
layout
feature
new
designs.

The
new
layout
plays
nearly
1,000
feet
longer
in
the
FPO
division,
and
nearly
1,800
feet
longer
for
MPO.
This
track
is
now
longer
than
the
famed
Northwood
Black,
though
several
holes
come
out
of
the
woods
and
into
the
open
fields.
The
FPO
layout
is
also
quite
a
bit
longer
than
the
nearby
Regulator,
which
was
used
for
the
USWDGC
just
a
few
weeks
ago.

2023
MPO:
10,770
Feet
Par
66
2022
MPO:
9,002
Feet
Par
63

2023
FPO:
9,445
Feet
Par
69
2022
FPO:
8,471
Feet
Par
66

Extended
Forecast

A
small
chance
of
rain
this
weekend
but
otherwise
warm
temperatures.
Heavier
winds
on
Saturday
and
Sunday
should
add
a
layer
of
difficulty
to
the
open
holes.

  • Thursday:
    Mostly
    sunny
    with
    highs
    near
    80.
    Winds
    5
    to
    10
    mph.
  • Friday:
    Mostly
    cloudy
    with
    shows
    late
    in
    the
    day,
    highs
    in
    the
    mid
    70s.
    Winds
    5
    to
    10
    mph.
    Chance
    of
    rain
    40%.
  • Saturday:
    Showers
    early
    then
    partly
    cloudy
    in
    the
    afternoon,
    highs
    near
    80.
    Winds
    10
    to
    15
    mph.
    Chance
    of
    rain
    30%.
  • Sunday:
    Mostly
    sunny
    with
    highs
    near
    70.
    Winds
    10
    to
    15
    mph.

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