2013 European Tour Schedule Announced

By: | Sun 25 Nov 2012

After the dust had settled in Dubai the European Tour turned its attention to the 2013 season and announced the new shedule which includes 45 events, a desert swing and a massive money final series that will be headlined by the 2013 DP World Tour Championship.

The 2013 season will kick off in two weeks time in South Africa where  ISPS Handa will be presenting the Nelson Mandela Championship. In total the tour will visit South Africa 6 times in the next year. 

The 'Desert Swing' will once again headline the start of the 2013 calender year. It includes the Abu Dhabi Championship, the Qatar Masters and the Dubai Desert Classic. The Tour will then move to America for two WGC events. 

Mid-season sees the inclusion of  established events such as the flagship BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, The Irish Open at Carton House, the French Open at Golf National and the Open Championship which is to be played at Muirfield. 

Perhaps the most exciting deveolpment arrives at the end of the season which will now include a run in dubbed 'The Final Series'. This will include four tournaments; the US$7 million BMW Masters, the US$8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions, the US$7 million Turkish Open and the US$8 million DP World Tour Championship, Dubai – making the total prize fund for ‘The Final Series’ a staggering US$30.5 million

These four tournaments will recieve a 20% boost in Race to Dubai points. Comparisons can be made to the PGA Tour's Fed-Ex Cup which includes four events as part of its 'playoffs'

One further deveolpment will see the reduction of the number of players retaining their card via their placing on the Race to Dubai. This will be reduced from 115 to 110 allowing more opportunity for Challenge Tour and European Tour School players to gain their 2014 card. 



Dec     6-9 The Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa Royal Durban GC, Durban, South Africa
  13-16 Alfred Dunhill Championship Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, South Africa


Jan     3-6    
  10-13 Volvo Golf Champions Durban Country Club, Durban, South Africa
  17-20 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Abu Dhabi GC, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  23-26 Commercialbank Qatar Masters (Sat Finish)                    Doha GC, Doha, Qatar
  31-3 Feb Omega Dubai Desert Classic Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE
Feb     7-10 Joburg Open Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC, Johannesburg,  South Africa
  14-17 Africa Open East London GC,  East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
  21-24 WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship Ritz-Carlton GC,  Dove Mountain, Marana, Arizona,  USA
  28-3 Mar Tshwane Open Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate, Centurion, South Africa
Mar   7-10 WGC - Cadillac Championship Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Doral, Florida, USA
  14-17 Avantha Masters Jaypee Greens GC, Greater Noida, Delhi/NCR, India
  21-24 Maybank Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur G&CC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  28-31 Trophée Hassan II  Golf du Palais Royal, Agadir, Morocco
Apr    4-7 TBA TBA
  11-14 MASTERS TOURNAMENT Augusta National GC, Georgia, USA
  18-21 Reale Seguros Open de España TBA, Spain
  25-28 Ballantine's Championship Blackstone GC, Icheon, Seoul, South Korea
May  2-5 Volvo China Open Binhai Lake GC, Tianjin, China
  9-12 TBA TBA
  16-19 Volvo World Match Play Championship Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort, Kavarna, Bulgaria
  23-26 BMW PGA CHAMPIONSHIP  Wentworth Club, Surrey, England
  30-2 Jun Nordea Masters  Bro Hof Slott GC, Stockholm, Sweden
Jun  6-9 Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity  Diamond CC, Atzenbrugg, near Vienna, Austria
  13-16 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA
  13-16 Open Najeti Hotels and Golf Aa Saint Omer GC, Lumbres, France
  20-23 BMW International Open  Golfclub München Eichenried, Munich, Germany 
  27-30 The Irish Open Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Jul 4-7 Alstom Open de France  Le Golf National, Paris, France
  11-14 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Castle Stuart Golf Links, Inverness, Scotland
  18-21 THE 142nd OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP Muirfield, Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland
  25-28 Russian Masters TBA, Russia
Aug     1-4 WGC – Bridgestone Invitational Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio, USA
  8-11 US PGA CHAMPIONSHIP Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, New York, USA
  15-18 TBA TBA
  22-25 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles  The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland
  29-1 Sept ISPS Handa Wales Open The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, Wales
Sept   5-8 Omega European Masters Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans Montana, Switzerland
  12-15 KLM Open Kennemer G&CC, Zandvoort, The Netherlands
  19-22 Italian Open  TBA, Italy
  26-29 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Old Course, St Andrews, Carnoustie & Kingsbarns, Scotland
Oct 3-6 Vivendi Seve Trophy TBA
  10-13 Portugal Masters TBA, Portugal
  17-20 Perth International Lake Karrinyup CC , Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  24-27 BMW Masters Lake Malaren GC, Shanghai, China
  31-3 Nov WGC - HSBC Champions Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China
Nov       7-10 Turkish Open The Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Antalya, Turkey
  14-17 DP WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP, DUBAI Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE



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