PDGA Considering Another Champions Cup Schedule Change after Outcry from Europeans


Some
American
pros
also
speaking
out
against
the
scheduling
decision

Niklas
Anttila
tees
off
at
the
2023
Swedish
Open.
Photo:
PDGA

Don’t
mark
the
new
Champions
Cup
dates
in
pen
on
your
calendar.

A
growing
chorus
of
European
and
American
pro
disc
golfers
have
complained
about
the

newly
scheduled
late
June
dates

for
Champions
Cup
because
they
conflict
with
the
Swedish
Open,
a
European
DGPT
event,
in
the
middle
of
a
growing
European
swing.

“This
is
not
good,”

wrote
Eagle
McMahon
on
Facebook

in
response
to
the
PDGA’s
date
change.
“A
lot
of
players
were
looking
forward
to
the
European
tour.
RESCHEDULE
THE
RESCHEDULE!”

Earlier,
top
European
players
like

Niklas
Anttila

and

Väinö
Mäkelä

voiced
their
displeasure
on
Instagram,
as
both
players
had
planned
to
be
in
Europe
for
Swedish
Open
and
beyond.

Paul
McBeth

also
suggested
in
a
Facebook
comment
that
he
would
play
in
Europe
and
skip
the
Champions
Cup.

Following
the
outcry,
the
PDGA
is
considering
another
rescheduling,
the
organization
confirmed
to
Ultiworld
Disc
Golf.
There
are
no
specific
dates
being
targeted
at
this
time.

“PDGA
Europe
has
expressed
their
opinion
and
conveyed
the
feedback
from
European
members
to
the
PDGA,”
new
PDGA
Europe
General
Manager
Jusso
Nieminen

wrote
in
a
European
player
Facebook
group
.
“They
are
aware
of
the
issues
this
change
would
cause,
and…the
situation
is
currently
being
reviewed.”

The
PDGA’s
original
press
release
did
not
acknowledge
the
schedule
conflict
with
the
European
DGPT
event.
There
are
also
a
number
of
other
European
tournaments
before
(Turku
Open)
and
after
(Finnish
and
Estonian
Nationals)
that
could
be
impacted
if
players
choose
to
remain
in
the
US
to
play
in
the
major.

Currently,
players
will
have
to
choose
between
playing
events
in
the
Midwest
swing
of
the
US
tour
or
to
head
to
Europe
in
advance
of
the
European
Open
in
mid-July.
But
the
DGPT
has

elevated
five
European
events

to
full
point-earning
status,
making
a
longer
Euro
tour
more
realistic
for
pros
seeking
to
earn
a
spot
in
the
DGPT
Championship.

Paul
McBeth
became
the
first
top
American
player
to
take
a
significant
European
trip,
when
he
traveled
across
the
Atlantic
in
2023
for
seven
tournaments
throughout
June
and
July,
skipping
a
number
of
DGPT
stops.

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