Euro Tour announces 2014 schedule
The 2014 European Tour will feature a minimum of 48 tournaments in 26 different destinations.
The season begins next week with the 103rd South African Open in Johannesburg and ends 12 months later with the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, the culmination again of the four-event Final Series.
Tour officials believe they have weathered the global financial crisis, and were quick to deny rumours that the PGA Tour had made a bid to buy its European counterpart.
Keith Waters, chief operating officer and director of international policy, said on Sunday: “I am delighted with our 2014 schedule which perfectly showcases not only the renewed strength in depth of the European Tour, but also our influential global footprint.
“There is no question that we have come through a challenging period economically and for that we must thank the continued commitment and dedication of our tournament promoters and sponsors, not only in our home continent of Europe, but throughout the world.
“Their collective conviction in our brand has given us the confidence to drive the European Tour forwards with genuine optimism for the future, optimism which will see us continue to grow and positively develop the schedule into 2014 and beyond.
“We maintain superb relationships with fellow Tours and Federations and nowhere more so than in South Africa, where the first appearance of the Nedbank Golf Challenge on our schedule is one of eight tournaments in that country in the 2014 season.
“We thank everyone at the Sunshine Tour for their co-operation and we look forward to working with them, and all our business partners and colleagues across the world.”
There are two brand new tournaments, taking place one after the other in August. One takes place in Denmark and the other in the Czech Republic.
Speaking at a press conference during the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, European Tour chief executive George O’Grady confirmed that the Race to Dubai – which replaced the Order of Merit in 2009 – has been extended to the 2017 season.
He also announced a comprehensive review of the Final Series, which came in for criticism from the likes of Ernie Els for the rule stipulating that players had to compete in two of the first three events to be eligible for the season finale in Dubai.
European Tour 2014 schedule:
Nov 21-24 South African Open Championship Glendower GC, Gauteng, Johannesburg, SA
Nov 28-1 Dec Alfred Dunhill Championship Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, SA
Dec 5-8 Nedbank Golf Challenge Gary Player CC, Sun City, SA
Dec 5-8 Hong Kong Open Hong Kong GC, Fanling, Hong Kong
Dec 12-15 The Nelson Mandela Championship Mount Edgecombe CC, Durban, Kwa -Zulu Natal, SA
Jan 9-12 Volvo Golf Champions Durban CC, Durban, SA
Jan 16-19 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Abu Dhabi GC, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Jan 22-25 Commercialbank Qatar Masters Doha GC, Doha, Qatar (Saturday finish)
Jan 30- 2 Feb Omega Dubai Desert Classic Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE
Feb 6-9 Joburg Open Royal Johannesburg and Kensington GC, Johannesburg, SA
Feb 13-16 Africa Open East London GC, East London, Eastern Cape, SA
Feb 19-23 WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship Ritz-Carlton GC, Dove Mountain, Marana, Arizona, USA
Feb 27-2 Mar Tshwane Open Copperleaf Golf and Country Estate, Centurion, SA
Mar 6-9 WGC- Cadillac Championship Doral Golf Resort and Spa, Doral, Florida, USA
Mar 13-16 Trophee Hassan II Golf du Palais Royal, Agadir, Morocco
Mar 20-23 TBC TBC
Mar 28-30 EURASIA CUP presented by DRB-HICOM Glenmarie G and CC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Apr 3-6 TBC TBC
Apr 10-13 Masters Tournament Augusta National, Georgia, USA
Apr 17-20 Maybank Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur G and CC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Apr 24-27 Volvo China Open Genzon GC, Shenzhen, China
May 1-4 The Championship Blackstone GC, Icheon, Seoul, South Korea
May 8-11 Madeira Islands Open Clube de Golf Santo da Serra, Santo Antonio da Serra, Madeira
May 15-18 Open de Espana TBC
May 22-25 BMW PGA Championship Wentworth Club, Surrey, England
May 29-1 June Nordea Masters PGA Sweden National, Lake Course, Malmo, Sweden
June 5-8 Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity Diamond CC, Atzenbrugg, near Vienna, Austria
June 12-15 US Open Championship Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA
June 12-15 Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open Aa St Omer GC, Lumbres, France
June 19-22 The Irish Open TBC
June 26-29 BMW International Open Golf Club Gut Larchenhof, Cologne, Germany
July 3-6 Alstom Open de France Le Golf National, Paris, France
July 10-13 Aberdeen Asset M’ment Scottish Open Royal Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland
July 17-20 143rd Open Championship Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, England
July 24-27 M2M Russian Open TBC
July 31-3 Aug WGC – Bridgestone Invitational Firestone GC, Akron, Ohio, USA
Aug 7-10 US PGA Championship Valhalla GC, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Aug 14-17 Made In Denmark Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort, Denmark
Aug 21-24 D+D Real Czech Masters Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic
Aug 28-31 Italian Open Circolo Golf Torino – La Mandria, Fiano, Torino, Italy
Sept 4-7 Omega European Masters Crans-sur-Sierre GC, Crans Montana, Switzerland
Sept 11-14 KLM Open Kennemer G and CC, Zandvoort, The Netherlands
Sept 18-21 ISPS Handa Wales Open The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, South Wales
Sept 26-28 THE 2014 RYDER CUP Gleneagles, Scotland
Oct 2-5 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Old Course St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, Scotland
Oct 9-12 Portugal Masters Oceanico Victoria GC, Vilamoura, Portugal
Oct 16-19 Volvo World Match Play Championship TBC
Oct 23-26 Perth International TBC
Oct 30-2 Nov BMW Masters Lake Malaren GC, Shanghai, China
Nov 6-9 WGC – HSBC Champions Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China
Nov 13-16 Turkish Airlines Open The Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Antalya, Turkey
Nov 20-23 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE
Niall Kearney shoots seven-under 65 to take early lead at Dutch Open
Denmark’s Martin Simonsen and Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer sit in second.
Henrik Stenson named as Team Europe’s fifth vice-captain for Ryder Cup
The former Open champion joins fellow Swede Robert Karlsson, Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell in Padraig Harrington’s backroom staff.
No bias with Shane Lowry Ryder Cup selection, says Padraig Harrington
The European captain insists his friendship with his fellow Irishman did Lowry no favours.
Padraig Harrington admits picking his Ryder Cup wild cards was a tough task
Justin Rose missed out as Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Shane Lowry were selected.
Padraig Harrington admits leaving out Justin Rose was ‘incredibly difficult’
Rose eagled the 18th at Wentworth in a final round of 65 to finish in a tie for sixth, but that was not enough.
Ryder Cup setback fired up Wentworth winner Billy Horschel
The American was victorious in the BMW PGA Championship.
Billy Horschel emulates Arnold Palmer as American winner of BMW PGA Championship
Seven-time major winner Palmer claimed the title at Royal St George’s in 1975.
Francesco Laporta has the edge as Ryder Cup qualifying battle hots up
European captain Padraig Harrington is facing a major selection headache.
Lee Westwood questions the structure of Europe’s Ryder Cup qualifying system
Kiradech Aphibarnrat added a 68 to his opening 64 at Wentworth to post a halfway total of 12 under par and lead by one from England’s Laurie Canter.