Qualifying to 2023 European open
After the discussions with PDGA we have decided that qualifying to the 2023 European Open will change from the rating based to the qualifying tournament based. All PDGA majors are now qualification tournament based, which is important for the majors and for the European Open. Players have a chance to win an invitation to the European Open in qualifying tournaments played both in the USA and in Europe.
Qualification to the European Open has been divided into five categories.
Top 5 MPO and the winner of the FPO division in these qualifying tournaments will receive an invitation. If any of these players are already qualified, the spot will transfer to the next one in results. This invitation requires players to register for the 2023 European Open in a certain time limit. After that deadline, the player has lost the possibility to play in the 2023 EO. A player may only qualify once at the European Open qualifying events listed below. Earned spots are not transferable.
Also players with certain criteria are qualified to the 2023 European Open automatically. These players are past winners of the European Open tournaments, top 10 MPO players and top 5 FPO players of the 2022 European Open and Top 20 MPO and top 10 FPO players in the 2022 UDisc World year-end Ranking.
Special invitations will be awarded to some international players from Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Taiwan.
All qualified players will be contacted and they will receive instructions on how to register for the 2023 European Open. Registration happens at DiscGolfScene.com. There is also a deadline for the registration.
The European Open is a PDGA Major, therefore all competitors must have a current PDGA membership and must have passed the PDGA Official certification exam in order to compete.
1. Past winners of European Open tournaments
Following players are qualified in this category:
2. Top 10 MPO and Top 5 FPO of 2022 European Open
Following players are qualified in this category:
3. UDisc World year-end Ranking 2022
Top 20 MPO and Top 10 FPO players on UDisc World year-end Ranking 2022 as of Nov 19 2022 will be qualified. Following players are qualified in this category:
Ricky Wysocki, Paul McBeth, Eagle McMahon, Gannon Buhr, Calvin Heimburg, Chris Dickerson, Matthew Orum, Simon Lizotte, Niklas Anttila, Kyle Klein, Isaac Robinson, Corey Ellis, Joel Freeman, Nate Sexton, Anthony Barela, Chris Clemons, James Conrad, Kevin Jones, Alden Harris, Bradley Williams
Kristin Tattar, Catrina Allen, Henna Blomroos, Missy Gannon, Ohn Scoggins, Paige Pierce, Eveliina Salonen, Natalie Ryan, Hailey King, Holyn Handley
4. Special invitations
Australian Champion (played in Nov 2022), the best Australian player in MPO and FPO are qualified: Chris Hill and Sarah Lee.
Jacky Chen from Taiwan is qualified.
New Zealand Champion (will be played in March 2023), best New Zealander player in MPO will be qualified.
Japan Open (will be played in May 2023), the best Japanese player in MPO and FPO will be qualified.
5. Qualifying Tournaments
Players have a chance to get an invitation for the 2023 European Open in 22 tournaments across the USA and Europe:
First 10 DGPT Elite series tournaments, four PDGA Euro Tour tournaments, four European Pro Tour tournaments, two Finnish Pro Tour tournaments and The European Amateur Open.
Five top MPO players and the top FPO player per qualifying tournament will get an invitation for the 2023 European Open.*
*Except The European Amateur Open awards only the winners of MA1 and FA1.
Monday qualifier will be organised on the Beast during the tournament week. Available spots will be announced closer to the event.
Top 5 MPO and the winner of the FPO division in these qualifying tournaments will receive an invitation. If any of these players are already qualified, the spot will transfer to the next one in results. If the last position is tied, a sudden death tie-breaker should be organised. If a sudden death tie-breaker is not possible, who played better last round will be qualified.
List of qualifying tournaments:
|Las Vegas Challenge||23.-26.2.||DGPT|
|Waco Annual Charity Open||10.-12.3.||DGPT|
|The Open at Austin||17.-19.3.||DGPT|
|Music City Open||7.-9.4.||DGPT|
|Champions Cup||20.-23.4.||PDGA Major|
|Dynamic Discs Open||16.-18.6.||DGPT|
|Des Moines Challenge||23.-24.6.||DGPT|
|The Preserve Championship||30.6.-2.7.||DGPT|
|Pro Forester (Euro Tour)||9.-11.6.||PDGA Euro Tour|
|Konopiste Open (Euro Tour)||16.-18.6.||PDGA Euro Tour|
|Krokhol Open (Euro Tour)||23.-25.6.||PDGA Euro Tour|
|Swedish Open (Euro Tour)||30.6.-2.7.||PDGA Euro Tour|
|Belgian Open||19.-21.5.||European Pro Tour|
|Copenhagen Open||5.-7.5||European Pro Tour|
|Estonian Open||2.-4.6.||European Pro Tour|
|Tyyni Open||30.6.-2.7.||European Pro Tour|
|PDPT Helsinki||26.-28.5.||Prodigy Disc Pro Tour|
|PDPT Oulu||16.-18.6.||Prodigy Disc Pro Tour|
|European Amateur Open*||14.-16.7.||EO|
*Winner of MA1 and FA1
List of qualified players can be found here.