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New Events, Revised Dates and Innovative Formats Define 2018 European Tour

By: | Sat 30 Sep 2017 | Comments


The European Tour season has several considerably important weeks to come, but that hasn’t stopped the game’s most international and diverse circuit from unveiling its full 2018 schedule, which includes new events, revised dates, and innovative formats.

Beginning at the UBS Hong Kong Open from November 23-26, golf’s traveling circus will stop in 30 countries and once again includes eight Rolex Series tournaments that boast an eye-watering prize fund of at least $7million, as the tour builds towards a crescendo at the Ryder Cup and later the DP World Tour Championship that will bring the curtain down on another memorable campaign.

The BMW PGA Championship will again open those marquee big money weeks in late May, immediately followed by the Italian Open, which is moving from its autumn position on the calendar, adding significant momentum as players gear towards the U.S. Open.

For many people, the highlight of the European season comes in the summer, and that will be the case with three successive Rolex Series events prior to the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, in the form of the HNA Open de France at Le Golf National (June 28-July 1), the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Ballyliffin (July 5-8), and the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Club (July 12-15).  

The final Rolex Series tournaments will conclude the 2018 schedule with the Turkish Airlines Open (November 1-4), the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player (November 8-11) and the showpiece DP World Tour Championship in Dubai (November 15-18). Aligned with the regular Desert Swing early in the year, these are distinct periods for chief executive Keith Pelley to promote heavily and attract big names.

That Middle East sojourn will include the NBO Oman Golf Classic, one of three new events along with Philippines Golf Championship (March 15-18) and the Belgian Knockout (May 17-20), the latter hosted by Ryder Cup star Thomas Pieters, adopting nine-hole strokeplay matches over the final two days.

Fans of match play will be thrilled to hear about the returning EURASIA Cup in January, while the 2019 Solheim Cup venue Gleneagles will host the intriguing European Golf Team Championships in August. The ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth and GolfSixes both make a welcome return after enjoying successful debuts, as the European Tour looks to push more variety within its product.

Elsewhere, the popular British Masters switches to a slightly later date just after the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October, and there are two dates that still need filing in April and May, coming after the Masters Tournament and GolfSixes respectively, while several venues are waiting to be announced by the circuit.

Any Ryder Cup year is a significant one for the European Tour, and with the continuing development of new formats and the lucrative Rolex Series, the progressively minded Pelley’s ambition of creating a “viable alternative” to the offerings in the United States remains an undeniably distant objective, but one that he is working hard to make a possibility. 

2018 European Tour Schedule

  • Nov 23-Nov 26    

UBS Hong Kong Open

Hong Kong GC, Fanling, Hong Kong

$2,000,000

  • Nov 30-Dec 03   

Australian PGA Championship

RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

A$1,500,000

  • Nov 30-Dec 03    

AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open

Heritage GC, Domaine de Bel Ombre, Mauritius

€1,000,000

  • Dec 07-Dec 10      

Joburg Open

Randpark Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa

ZAR16,500,000

  • Jan 11-Jan 14       

BMW SA Open hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni

Glendower GC, City of Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa

  • Jan 12-Jan 14   

EURASIA CUP presented by DRB-HICOM

Glenmarie G & CC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • Jan 18-Jan 21      

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Abu Dhabi GC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  • Jan 25-Jan 28     

Omega Dubai Desert Classic

Emirates GC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

$3,000,000

  • Feb 01-Feb 04  

Maybank Championship

Saujana G&CC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

$3,000,000

  • Feb 08-Feb 11      

ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth

Lake Karrinyup CC, Perth, Australia

A$1,750,000

  • Feb 15-Feb 18    

NBO Oman Golf Classic

Almouj Golf, Muscat, Oman

$1,750,000

  • Feb 22-Feb 25     

Commercial Bank Qatar Masters

Doha GC, Doha, Qatar

$1,750,000

  • Mar 01-Mar 04    

WGC - Mexico Championship

Chapultepec GC, Mexico City, Mexico

$10,000,000

  • Mar 01-Mar 04    

Tshwane Open

Pretoria CC, Waterkloof, South Africa

  • Mar 08-Mar 11      

Indian Open

TBA, TBA, India

$1,750,000

  • Mar 15-Mar 18     

Philippines Golf Championship

TBA, TBA, Philippines

$1,500,000

  • Mar 21-Mar 25   

WGC - Dell Technologies Match Play

Austin CC, Austin, Texas, USA

$10,000,000

  • Apr 05-Apr 08     

THE MASTERS

Augusta National GC, Augusta, Georgia, USA

$11,000,000

  • Apr 12-Apr 15       

TBA (Europe)

TBA, TBA, Unknown

  • Apr 19-Apr 22     

Trophee Hassan II

Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco

€2,500,000

  • Apr 26-Apr 29    

Volvo China Open

TBA, TBA, China PR

CNY20,000,000

  • May 05-May 06      

GolfSixes

TBA, TBA, Unknown

  • May 10-May 13      

TBA (Europe)

TBA, TBA, Unknown

  • May 17-May 20      

Belgian Knockout

Rinkven International GC, Antwerp, Belgium

  • May 24-May 27      

BMW PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey, England

$7,000,000

  • May 31-Jun 03        

ITALIAN OPEN

TBA, TBA, Italy

$7,000,000

  • Jun 07-Jun 10      

Austrian Golf Open

Diamond CC, Atzenbrugg, near Vienna, Austria

€1,000,000

  • Jun 14-Jun 17 

US OPEN

Shinnecock Hills GC, Southampton, New York, USA

$12,000,000

  • Jun 21-Jun 24       

BMW International Open

Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof, Pulheim, Germany

€2,000,000

  • Jun 28-Jul 01   

HNA OPEN DE FRANCE

Le Golf National, Paris, France

$7,000,000

  • Jul 05-Jul 08         

DUBAI DUTY FREE IRISH OPEN HOSTED BY THE RORY FOUNDATION

Ballyliffin GC, Co. Donegal, Republic of Ireland

$7,000,000

  • Jul 12-Jul 15      

ABERDEEN STANDARD INVESTMENTS SCOTTISH OPEN

Gullane GC, Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland

$7,000,000

  • Jul 19-Jul 22      

147th OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

Carnoustie Golf Links, Carnoustie, Scotland

$10,250,000

  • Jul 26-Jul 29      

Porsche European Open

Green Eagle Golf Courses, Hamburg, Germany

€2,000,000

  • Aug 02-Aug 05

WGC - Bridgestone Invitational

Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio, USA

$10,000,000

  • Aug 08-Aug 12       

European Golf Team Championships

Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland

  • Aug 09-Aug 12      

US PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

Bellerive CC, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

$10,500,000

  • Aug 16-Aug 19    

Nordea Masters

Hills GC, Gothenburg, Sweden

  • Aug 23-Aug 26        

D+D Real Czech Masters

Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic

€1,000,000

  • Aug 30-Sep 02    

Made In Denmark

Silkeborg Ry GC, Aarhus, Denmark

€1,500,000

  • Sep 06-Sep 09        

Omega European Masters

Crans-sur-Sierre GC, Crans Montana, Switzerland

  • Sep 13-Sep 16      

KLM Open

The Dutch, Spijk, Netherlands

€1,800,000

  • Sep 20-Sep 23      

Portugal Masters

Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal

€2,000,000

  • Sep 28-Sep 30       

THE 2018 RYDER CUP

Le Golf National, Paris, France

  • Oct 04-Oct 07    

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Old Course St. Andrews, Carnoustie & Kingsbarns, Scotland, Scotland

$5,000,000

  • Oct 11-Oct 14      

British Masters supported by Sky Sports

TBA, TBA, Unknown

£3,000,000

  • Oct 18-Oct 21       

Andalucia Valderrama Masters

Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain

€2,000,000

  • Oct 25-Oct 28     

WGC - HSBC Champions

Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China PR

$9,750,000

  • Nov 01-Nov 04       

TURKISH AIRLINES OPEN

Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, Antalya, Turkey

$7,000,000

  • Nov 08-Nov 11       

NEDBANK GOLF CHALLENGE HOSTED BY GARY PLAYER

Gary Player CC, Sun City, South Africa

$8,000,000

  • Nov 15-Nov 18     

DP WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP, DUBAI

Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

$8,000,000


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