2019 European Tour

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The 2019 European Tour will be the 48th season of golf tournaments since the European Tour officially began in 1972 and the 11th edition of the Race to Dubai.


Changes from the previous season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

As announced in 2017, the US PGA Championship was moved from August to May, starting in 2019. The PGA of America cited the addition of golf to the Summer Olympics, as well as cooler weather enabling a wider array of options for host courses, as reasoning for the change. It was also believed that the PGA Tour wished to re-align its season so that it's FedEx Cup Playoffs would not have to compete with the start of the American football season in late-August.

Consequently, the European Tour moved the flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, from the congested May date to late September, four weeks after the end of the 2019 PGA Tour season. It is hoped the date will attract more top names.[1][2][3][4][5]

Events[edit]

New: Saudi International

New to European Tour: ISPS Handa Vic Open, Kenya Open

Rolex Series Events: Abu Dhabi Golf Championship replaces the Open de France

No longer part of the schedule: Joburg Open, Tshwane Open, Sicilian Open, Fiji International, Shot Clock Masters

Rules[edit]

From January 1, 2019 onwards, tournaments followed the new rules released by the USGA and the R&A which were designed to speed up the pace of play. The most noticeable changes included golfers being able to putt on the green with the flag remaining in, and drops being made from knee rather than shoulder height.[6]

Changes to year end Rolex Series events[edit]

The number of Race to Dubai points available in the last three events of the season has been increased, and the field size reduced. The aim is to make more players still have a chance of winning the Race to Dubai entering the final events. In additional, although the prize money has not been increased, the bonus pool of US$5m will now be split between the top five players rather than the top ten. The money saved from restricting field sizes will be used solely to increase the first prizes, which means that the tournaments will not have the standard prize fund distribution, and the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai will have the largest tournament first prize in golf of US$3m.[7]

Schedule[edit]

Official events[edit]

The following table lists official events for 2018–19.[8]

Date Tournament Host country Winner OWGR
points
Race to
Dubai points
Purse Co-sanction Notes
25 Nov Honma Hong Kong Open Hong Kong England Aaron Rai (1) 30 2,750 $2,000,000 ASA
2 Dec Australian PGA Championship Australia Australia Cameron Smith (n/a) 20 2,000 A$1,500,000 ANZ
2 Dec AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open Mauritius United States Kurt Kitayama (1) 17 2,000 €1,000,000 AFR, ASA
9 Dec South African Open South Africa South Africa Louis Oosthuizen (9) 32 2,000 ZAR17,500,000 AFR, ASA Sunshine Tour Flagship event
16 Dec Alfred Dunhill Championship South Africa United States David Lipsky (2) 23 2,750 €1,500,000 AFR
19 Jan Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship UAE Republic of Ireland Shane Lowry (4) 48 7,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series
27 Jan Omega Dubai Desert Classic UAE United States Bryson DeChambeau (1) 46 4,250 $3,250,000
3 Feb Saudi International Saudi Arabia United States Dustin Johnson (6) 48 4,250 $3,500,000 New tournament
10 Feb ISPS Handa Vic Open Australia Scotland David Law (1) 20 2,000 A$1,500,000 ANZ New to European Tour
17 Feb ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth Australia New Zealand Ryan Fox (1) 20 2,000 A$1,600,000 ANZ, ASA
24 Feb WGC-Mexico Championship Mexico United States Dustin Johnson (7) 72 9,000 $10,250,000 World Golf Championships
3 Mar Oman Open Oman United States Kurt Kitayama (2) 24 2,750 $1,750,000
10 Mar Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Qatar South Africa Justin Harding (1) 24 2,750 $1,750,000
17 Mar Magical Kenya Open Kenya Italy Guido Migliozzi (1) 24 2,000 €1,100,000 New to European Tour
24 Mar Maybank Championship Malaysia Australia Scott Hend (3) 24 3,500 $3,000,000 ASA
31 Mar WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play United States United States Kevin Kisner (1) 76 9,000 $10,250,000 World Golf Championships
31 Mar Hero Indian Open India Scotland Stephen Gallacher (4) 19 2,750 $1,750,000 ASA
14 Apr Masters Tournament United States United States Tiger Woods (41) 100 10,000 $11,000,000 Major championship
28 Apr Trophée Hassan II Morocco 24 3,500 €2,500,000
5 May Volvo China Open China 3,500 CNY20,000,000 ASA
12 May Betfred British Masters England 4,250 £3,000,000
19 May PGA Championship United States 100 10,000 $11,000,000 Major championship
26 May Made in Denmark Denmark 4,250 €3,000,000
2 Jun Belgian Knockout Belgium 2,000 €1,000,000
16 Jun U.S. Open United States 100 10,000 $12,000,000 Major championship
23 Jun BMW International Open Germany 2,750 €2,000,000
30 Jun Andalucía Valderrama Masters Spain tbd tbd
7 Jul Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Ireland 7,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series
14 Jul Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open Scotland 7,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series
21 Jul The Open Championship Northern Ireland 100 10,000 $10,500,000 Major championship
28 Jul WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational United States 9,000 $10,250,000 World Golf Championships
18 Aug D+D Real Czech Masters Czech Republic 2,000 €1,100,000
25 Aug Scandinavian Invitation Sweden 2,750 €1,500,000
1 Sep Omega European Masters Switzerland 3,500 €2,500,000
8 Sep Porsche European Open Germany 2,750 €2,000,000
15 Sep KLM Open Netherlands 2,750 €2,000,000
22 Sep BMW PGA Championship England 64 7,000 $7,000,000 Flagship event
Rolex Series
29 Sep Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Scotland 5,500 $5,000,000
6 Oct Open de España Spain 2,750 €1,500,000
13 Oct Italian Open Italy 7,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series
20 Oct Open de France France tbd tbd
27 Oct Portugal Masters Portugal 2,750 €2,000,000
3 Nov WGC-HSBC Champions China 9,000 World Golf Championships
10 Nov Turkish Airlines Open Turkey 9,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series
17 Nov Nedbank Golf Challenge South Africa 10,000 $7,500,000 Rolex Series
24 Nov DP World Tour Championship, Dubai UAE 12,000 $8,000,000 Tour Championship
Rolex Series

ASA = Asian Tour; ANZ = PGA Tour of Australasia; AFR = Sunshine Tour

Unofficial event[edit]

The following team event appears on the schedule, but does not carry official money.

Date Tournament Host country Winner
9 Jun GolfSixes Cascais Portugal

Location of tournaments[edit]

Race to Dubai points leaders[edit]

Race to Dubai standing of leading players correct as at 14 April 2019 (after completion of the Masters)

Pos. Player Majors World Golf Ch. Rolex Series Top 10s in other Eur. Tour events Total
pts
Tmts Money
(€m)
Bonus
($m)
Mas PGA USO Opn Mex MP Inv Cha Abu Ire Sco PGA Ita Tur Ned Dub 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 United States Kevin Kisner T21
107
T27
(82)
1st
1500
A
0
1,607 3 1.72
2 Republic of Ireland Shane Lowry CUT
0
T62
24
T24
79
1st
1165
1,335 5 1.19
3 South Africa Justin Harding T12
155
A
0
T17
109
A
0
4th
100
T7
98
4th
100
1st
460
T2
149
1,303 12 0.89
4 England Ian Poulter T12
155
T3
465
T17
109
T6
210
T3
202
T6
112
1,242 6 1.11
5 South Africa Louis Oosthuizen T29
90
T25
93
T5
298
4th
350
1st
335
T7
76
1,254 6 0.94
6 Italy Francesco Molinari T5
331
T17
119
3rd
565
A
0
1,105 3 1.09
7 United States Bryson DeChambeau T29
90
T56
32
T40
48
A
0
1st
710
T6
112
992 5 0.73
8 United States Xander Schauffele T2
747
T14
132
T24
79
A
0
958 3 0.95
9 United States Kurt Kitayama A
0
A
0
A
0
CUT
0
1st
335
1st
460
913 12 0.49
10 South Africa Richard Sterne A
0
T51
40
A
0
2nd
780
902 7 0.79

Note1: Kevin Kisner only joined the European Tour after his WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play win. Any points earned prior to this event are not eligible for the 2019 Race to Dubai standings.

Note2: Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy are not European Tour members.

Ref:[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harig, Bob (August 10, 2017). "PGA Championship to move from August date to May in 2019". ESPN. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  2. ^ Shedloski, Dave (August 7, 2017). "The PGA Championship is moving to May and players are on board". Golf Digest. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "P.G.A. Championship Will Move from August to May in 2019". The New York Times. Reuters. August 8, 2017. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Herrington, Ryan (August 7, 2017). "The PGA Championship will be moving to May, sources say". Golf Digest. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  5. ^ Gray, Will. "Lots of change to 2019 European Tour schedule". golfchannel.com. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  6. ^ Herrington, Ryan (December 3, 2018). "Nine changes in the new Rules of Golf you absolutely need to know for 2019". Golf Digest. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  7. ^ "End of season changes". European Tour. 12 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  8. ^ "2019 European Tour Schedule". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Race To Dubai Rankings". European Tour. Retrieved 27 January 2019.