2017 European Tour

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The 2017 European Tour was the ninth edition of the Race to Dubai and the 46th season of golf tournaments since the European Tour officially began in 1972.

New tour format[edit]

The European Tour will add a new Rolex Series, a select group of tournaments with a minimum purse of US$7 million. Seven tournaments were initially announced: the BMW PGA Championship, Irish Open, Scottish Open, Italian Open, Turkish Airlines Open, Nedbank Golf Challenge and DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.[1][2] The Open de France was later announced as the eighth.[3]

In addition, the European Tour will create an Access List, a season earning list excluding the Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, the four World Golf Championships and the Rolex Series. The top three players in the provisional Access List will be invited to certain Rolex Series events. Also, the top 10 players in the Access List final standings will keep their European Tour cards for the next season.[1] Meanwhile, the top 100 players in the Race to Dubai final standings will be given membership cards, instead of 110.[4]

Schedule[edit]

The table below shows the 2017 European Tour schedule which begins with two events in late 2016.[5]

Date Tournament Host country Winner OWGR
points
Notes
4 Dec Australian PGA Championship Australia United States Harold Varner III (1) 22 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
4 Dec Alfred Dunhill Championship South Africa South Africa Brandon Stone (2) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
11 Dec UBS Hong Kong Open Hong Kong Australia Sam Brazel (1) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
15 Jan BMW SA Open South Africa England Graeme Storm (2) 26 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
22 Jan Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship United Arab Emirates England Tommy Fleetwood (2) 50
29 Jan Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Qatar South Korea Wang Jeung-hun (3) 32
5 Feb Omega Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates Spain Sergio García (12) 46
12 Feb Maybank Championship Malaysia Paraguay Fabrizio Zanotti (2) 36 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
19 Feb ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth Australia Australia Brett Rumford (6) 23 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
and Asian Tour
26 Feb Joburg Open South Africa South Africa Darren Fichardt (5) 19 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
Shortened to 54 holes
5 Mar WGC-Mexico Championship Mexico United States Dustin Johnson (n/a) 76 World Golf Championships
5 Mar Tshwane Open South Africa South Africa Dean Burmester (1) 19 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
12 Mar Hero Indian Open India India Shiv Chawrasia (4) 21 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
26 Mar WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play United States United States Dustin Johnson (n/a) 74 World Golf Championships
9 Apr Masters Tournament United States Spain Sergio García (13) 100 Major championship
16 Apr Trophée Hassan II Morocco Italy Edoardo Molinari (3) 24
23 Apr Shenzhen International China Austria Bernd Wiesberger (4) 26
30 Apr Volvo China Open China France Alexander Lévy (4) 24 Co-sanctioned with OneAsia
14 May Open de Portugal Portugal England Matt Wallace (1) 18 Last played in 2010
Dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour
21 May Rocco Forte Open Italy Spain Álvaro Quirós (7) 24 Last played in 2012
28 May BMW PGA Championship England Sweden Alex Norén (9) 64 Flagship event / Rolex Series
4 Jun Nordea Masters Sweden Italy Renato Paratore (1) 32
11 Jun Lyoness Open Austria South Africa Dylan Frittelli (1) 24
18 Jun U.S. Open United States United States Brooks Koepka (2) 100 Major championship
25 Jun BMW International Open Germany Argentina Andrés Romero (2) 32
2 Jul HNA Open de France France England Tommy Fleetwood (3) 46 Rolex Series
9 Jul Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Northern Ireland Spain Jon Rahm (1) 48 Rolex Series
16 Jul Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Scotland Spain Rafael Cabrera-Bello (3) 50 Rolex Series
23 Jul The Open Championship England United States Jordan Spieth (n/a) 100 Major championship
30 Jul Porsche European Open Germany England Jordan Smith (1) 24
6 Aug WGC-Bridgestone Invitational United States Japan Hideki Matsuyama (n/a) 76 World Golf Championships
13 Aug PGA Championship United States United States Justin Thomas (n/a) 100 Major championship
20 Aug Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play Germany Spain Adrián Otaegui (1) 24
20 Aug Fiji International Fiji Australia Jason Norris (1) 15 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
and the Asian Tour
27 Aug Made in Denmark Denmark United States Julian Suri (1) 24
3 Sep D+D Real Czech Masters Czech Republic South Africa Haydn Porteous (2) 24
10 Sep Omega European Masters Switzerland England Matthew Fitzpatrick (4) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
17 Sep KLM Open Netherlands France Romain Wattel (1) 24
24 Sep Portugal Masters Portugal Denmark Lucas Bjerregaard (1) 24
1 Oct British Masters England Republic of Ireland Paul Dunne (1) 38
8 Oct Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Scotland England Tyrrell Hatton (2) 34
15 Oct Italian Open Italy England Tyrrell Hatton (3) 42 Rolex Series
22 Oct Andalucía Valderrama Masters Spain Spain Sergio García (14) 24 Last played in 2011
29 Oct WGC-HSBC Champions China England Justin Rose (9) 64 World Golf Championships
5 Nov Turkish Airlines Open Turkey England Justin Rose (10) 40 Rolex Series
12 Nov Nedbank Golf Challenge South Africa South Africa Branden Grace (8) 44 Rolex Series
19 Nov DP World Tour Championship, Dubai United Arab Emirates Spain Jon Rahm (2) 50 Championship / Rolex Series

Unofficial events[edit]

The following events, all team events, appear on the schedule, but do not carry official money.

Date Tournament Host country Winner
7 May GolfSixes England  Denmark
Lucas Bjerregaard & Thorbjørn Olesen

Location of tournaments[edit]

Race to Dubai[edit]

Since 2009, the European Tour's money list has been known as the "Race to Dubai". It is based on money earned during the season and is calculated in euro, with earnings from tournaments that award prize money in other currencies being converted at the exchange rate available the week of the event. The following table shows the final top-10 in the 2017 standings (earnings converted to points).[6]

Rank Player Country Events Points
1 Tommy Fleetwood  England 24 5,420,530
2 Justin Rose  England 12 4,921,062
3 Jon Rahm  Spain 13 4,602,281
4 Sergio García  Spain 13 3,906,072
5 Tyrrell Hatton  England 21 3,237,346
6 Ross Fisher  England 23 2,942,728
7 Rafael Cabrera-Bello  Spain 19 2,770,297
8 Alex Norén  Sweden 20 2,483,867
9 Francesco Molinari  Italy 13 2,282,706
10 Branden Grace  South Africa 15 2,252,135
  • Full list can be found here.

Golfer of the Month[edit]

The winners of the European Tour Golfer of the Month award:

Month Player Country
January Graeme Storm  England
February Sergio García  Spain
March Shiv Chawrasia  India
April Sergio García  Spain
May Alex Norén  Sweden
June Renato Paratore  Italy
July Jon Rahm  Spain
August Julian Suri  United States
September Lucas Bjerregaard  Denmark
October Justin Rose  England

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "European Tour announces Rolex Series, overhaul of top events". ESPN. Associated Press. 15 November 2016.
  2. ^ "European Tour launches the Rolex Series". PGA European Tour. 15 November 2016.
  3. ^ "HNA Group named title sponsor of the Open de France". PGA European Tour. 9 January 2017.
  4. ^ "New Access List to reward all European Tour members". PGA European Tour. 15 November 2016.
  5. ^ "2017 European Tour Schedule". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  6. ^ "The Race Is On". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 20 November 2017.