European Tour adds Sicily, Bahrain

The 2011 European Tour will include three new tournamernts, two of them in countries never before visited.

As it increasingly becomes a world-wide competition, the European Tour will next year spread its wings into Bahrain and Sicily as well as adding another event in Malayasia to its schedule

The Tour will also be pushing back its season-ending grand finale, the Dubai World Championship, into December in order to ensure the 2012 season begins and ends in the same calendar year and does not begin at the end of the preceding year (2011) as has been the case in recent years.

“That has been our stated intention for some time now, Chief operating officer Keith Waters said announcng the Tour changes :

“We anticipate that the 2012 season will commence in January that year and conclude in late November.”

The Bahrain tournament, the Volvo Champions at the Royal Club, will begin on 27 January next year and extend to four the number of events on the ‘Gulf Swing’.

The Sicilian Open at Donnafugata, in the meantime, is scheduled to start on the 17th of March and the new Malaysian event, the Johor Open, on November 17.

The European Tour schedule for 2011 is as follows:

9-12 Alfred Dunhill Championship, Leopard Creek, South Africa
16-19 South African Open, Durban County Club, South Africa
6-9 Africa Open, East London, South Africa
13-16 Joburg Open, Royal Johannesburg and Kensington, South Africa
20-23 Abu Dhabi Championship, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
27-30 Volvo Champions, Bahrain, Royal Club, Bahrain
3-6 Commercialbank Qatar Masters, Doha, Qatar
10-13 Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Emirates Club, United Arab Emirates
17-20 Avantha Masters, DLF Club, New Delhi, India
23-27 WGC-Accenture Match Play, Dove Mountain, Arizona, United States
10-13 World Golf Championship, Doral, Florida, United States
17-20 Sicilian Open, Donnafugata, Sicily, Italy
24-27 Andalucian Open, Parador de Malaga, Spain
31-3 Hassan Trophy, Gold du Palais Royal and Golf de L’Ocean, Agadir, Morocco
7-10 THE MASTERS, Augusta National, Georgia, United States
14-17 Maybank Malaysian Open, venue to be announced
21-24 Volvo China Open, venue tba
28-1 Ballantine’s Championship, Blackstone, Icheon, South Korea
5-8 Spanish Open, venue tba
12-15 Iberdrola Open, Pula, Majorca, Spain
19-22 Volvo World Match Play, Finca Cortesin, Spain
19-22 Madeira Islands Open, Porto Santo, Madeira
26-29 BMW PGA Championship, Wentworth, Surrey, England
2-5 Celtic Manor Wales Open, Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales
9-12 BMW Italian Open, Royal Park, Turin, Italy
16-19 UNITED STATES OPEN, Congressional, Maryland, United States
16-19 St Omer Open, Aa St Omer, France
23-26 BMW International Open, Munchen Eichenried, Munich, Germany
30-3 Alstom French Open, Le Golf National, Paris, France
7-10 Barclays Scottish Open, venue tba
14-17 THE OPEN, Royal St George’s, Sandwich, England
21-24 Nordea Scandinavian Masters, Bro Hof, Stockholm, Sweden
28-31 Irish Open, venue tba
4-7 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Firestone, Akron, Ohio, United States
11-14 US PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, Atlanta Athletic, Georgia, United States
18-21 Czech Open, Prosper Resort, Celadna, Czech Republic
25-28 Johnnie Walker Championship, Gleneagles, Scotland
1-4 Omega European Masters, Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland
8-11 KLM Open, Hilversumsche, The Netherlands
15-18 Vivendi Trophy, St-Nom-la-Breteche, Paris, France
22-25 Austrian Open, Diamond Club, Atzenbrugg, Austria
29-2 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, St Andrews, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns, Scotland
6-9 Madrid Masters, venue tba
13-16 Portugal Masters, venue tba
20-23 Castellon Masters, Club de Campo, Castellon, Spain
27-30 Andalucian Masters, venue tba
3-6 WGC-HSBC Champions, Shanghai, China
10-13 Barclays Singapore Open, Sentosa, Singapore
17-20 Iskander Johor Open, venue tba
24-27 Omega World Cup, Mission Hills, China
1-4 UBS Hong Kong Open, Fanling, Hong Kong
8-11 Dubai World Championship, Jumeirah Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates