Changes afoot for European Tour
Last updated: 25th November 2012
The European Tour will introduce a 'Final Series' of four big-money events at the end of next season - two in China, one in Turkey and then one in Dubai.
The four events - the BMW Masters, WGC-HSBC Champions, Turkish Open and the DP World Tour Championship - will feature a total prize money of £19million.
In an effort to strengthen the fields and generate more excitement for these events, players will only be eligible for the season-ending showdown if they compete in two of the first three - and if they are at all three then their points on the 'Race to Dubai' money list will receive a 20 per cent bonus.
Tour chief executive George O'Grady said: "The introduction of 'The Final Series' and the associated changes to the structure are being made to bring even more drama and excitement to the conclusion of our season and to further enhance the 'Race to Dubai'.
"We felt there had to be an additional level of commitment from the membership to these important tournaments, hence the new regulation.
"The response from our leading players to this change has been extremely encouraging and we take confidence from their support as we look to continue the positive evolution of the European Tour in an extremely challenging economic climate."
It is also hoped this restructuring will help to avoid a situation like the one the Tour had this year, when Rory McIlroy wrapped up the money list race two weeks ago after finishing third at the Singapore Open.
McIlroy also caused controversy earlier this month when he opted against playing in the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in favour a one-day match against Tiger Woods elsewhere in China.
Schedule for the 2013 European Tour
6-9 Nelson Mandela Championship, Royal Durban, South Africa
13-16 Alfred Dunhill Championship, Leopard Creek, South Africa
10-13 Volvo Champions, Durban Country Club, South Africa
17-20 Abu Dhabi Championship, Abu Dhabi
23-26 Commercialbank Qatar Masters, Doha, Qatar
31-Feb 3 Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Emirates, Dubai
7-10 Joburg Open, Royal Johannesburg and Kensington, South Africa
14-17 Africa Open, East London, South Africa
21-24 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Dove Mountain, Tucson, Arizona, United States
28-Mar 3 Tshwane Open, Copperleaf, South Africa
7-10 WGC-Cadillac Championship, Doral, Miami, Florida, United States
14-17 Avantha Masters, Jaypee Green, Delhi, India
21-24 Maybank Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
28-31 Hassan Trophy, Royal Palace, Adagir, Morocco
11-14 US MASTERS, AUGUSTA NATIONAL, AUGUSTA, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES
18-21 Reale Seguros Spanish Open, venue to be announced
25-28 Ballantine's Championship, Blackstone, Icheon, South Korea
2-5 Volvo China Open, Binhai Lake, Tianjin, China
16-19 Volvo World Match Play Championship, Thracian Cliffs, Kavarna, Bulgaria
23-26 BMW PGA Championship, Wentworth, Surrey, England
30-Jun 2 Nordea Master, Bro Hof Slott, Stockholm, Sweden
6-9 Lyoness Open, Diamond CC, Atzenbrugg, Austria
13-16 US OPEN, MERION, ARDMORE, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES
13-16 Open Najeti, Aa Saint Omer, Lumbres, France
20-23 BMW International Open, Munchen Eichenried, Munich, Germany
27-30 Irish Open, Carton House, Maynooth, Co Kildare, Ireland
4-7 Alstom French Open, Le Golf National, Paris, France
11-14 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, Castle Stuart, Inverness, Scotland
18-21 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP, MUIRFIELD, GULLANE, SCOTLAND
25-28 Russian Masters, venue TBA
1-4 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Firestone, Akron, Ohio, United States
8-11 USPGA CHAMPIONSHIP, OAK HILL, ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
22-25 Johnnie Walker Championship, Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland
29-Sep 1 ISPS Handa Wales Open, Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales
5-8 Omega European Masters, Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland
12-15 KLM Open, Kennemer, Zandvoort, Holland
19-22 Italian Open, venue TBA
26-29 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, St Andrews, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns, Scotland
3-6 Vivendi Seve Trophy, venue TBA
10-13 Portugal Masters, venue TBA
17-20 Perth International, Lake Karrinyup, Perth, Australia
24-27 BMW Masters, Lake Malaren, Shanghai, China
31-Nov 3 WGC-HSBC Champions, Sheshan International, Shanghai China
7-10 Turkish Open, Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Antalya, Turkey
14-17 DP World Tour Championship, Jumeirah Estates, Dubai
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