2018 European Tour

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2018 European Tour season
Duration23 November 2017 (2017-11-23) – 25 November 2018 (2018-11-25)
Number of official events47
Most wins3 – Matt Wallace
Race to DubaiFrancesco Molinari
Golfer of the YearFrancesco Molinari
Seve Ballesteros AwardFrancesco Molinari
Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the yearShubhankar Sharma

The 2018 European Tour is the 47th season of golf tournaments since the European Tour officially began in 1972 and the 10th edition of the Race to Dubai.

The Race to Dubai was won by Italian Francesco Molinari, who was also named Golfer of the Year. India's Shubhankar Sharma was named Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year.

Changes for 2018[edit]

There were changes to membership criteria with the reversal of some of the changes introduced for the 2017 season; the number of players gaining exemption from the final Race to Dubai standings reverted to the top 110 and the Access List was scrapped, largely replaced by a re-ranking system.[1]

The Race to Dubai points system was adjusted, with all prize money being converted into US dollars before translating into points (1 point = 1 dollar) having previously been calculated after converting into euro. The points for all tournaments were also fixed prior to the start of the season, having previously been set during each tournament week, thereby negating any fluctuation in exchange rates.[1]

Tournament changes[edit]


The table below shows the tournaments in the 2018 European Tour schedule, which began in late 2017.[2]

Date Tournament Host country Winner[a] OWGR
26 Nov UBS Hong Kong Open Hong Kong Australia Wade Ormsby (1) 34 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
3 Dec Australian PGA Championship Australia Australia Cameron Smith (n/a) 23 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
3 Dec AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open Mauritius South Africa Dylan Frittelli (2) 17 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour and the Asian Tour
11 Dec[b] Joburg Open South Africa India Shubhankar Sharma (1) 17 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour and the Asian Tour
14 Jan EurAsia Cup Malaysia Europe Team Europe n/a Team event; approved special event; co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
14 Jan BMW SA Open South Africa England Chris Paisley (1) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
21 Jan Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship United Arab Emirates England Tommy Fleetwood (4) 52
28 Jan Omega Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates China Li Haotong (2) 48
4 Feb Maybank Championship Malaysia India Shubhankar Sharma (2) 38 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
11 Feb ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth Australia Thailand Kiradech Aphibarnrat (4) 23 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Asian Tour
18 Feb NBO Oman Open Oman Netherlands Joost Luiten (6) 24 New tournament
25 Feb Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Qatar England Eddie Pepperell (1) 24
4 Mar WGC-Mexico Championship Mexico United States Phil Mickelson (n/a) 72 World Golf Championships
4 Mar Tshwane Open South Africa South Africa George Coetzee (4) 19 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
11 Mar Hero Indian Open India England Matt Wallace (2) 22 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
25 Mar WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play United States United States Bubba Watson (n/a) 74 World Golf Championships
8 Apr Masters Tournament United States United States Patrick Reed (2) 100 Major championship
15 Apr Open de España Spain Spain Jon Rahm (3) 26
22 Apr Trophée Hassan II Morocco France Alexander Lévy (5) 24
29 Apr Volvo China Open China Sweden Alexander Björk (1) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
6 May GolfSixes England  Ireland[c] n/a Approved special event[a]
13 May Rocco Forte Sicilian Open Italy Sweden Joakim Lagergren (1) 24
20 May Belgian Knockout Belgium Spain Adrián Otaegui (2) 24 Last played in 2000
27 May BMW PGA Championship England Italy Francesco Molinari (5) 64 Flagship event; Rolex Series event
3 Jun Italian Open Italy Denmark Thorbjørn Olesen (5) 38 Rolex Series event
10 Jun Shot Clock Masters Austria Finland Mikko Korhonen (1) 24
17 Jun U.S. Open United States United States Brooks Koepka (3) 100 Major championship
24 Jun BMW International Open Germany England Matt Wallace (3) 24
1 Jul HNA Open de France France Sweden Alex Norén (10) 48 Rolex Series event
8 Jul Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Ireland Scotland Russell Knox (2) 38 Rolex Series event
15 Jul Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open Scotland South Africa Brandon Stone (3) 48 Rolex Series event
22 Jul The Open Championship Scotland Italy Francesco Molinari (6) 100 Major championship
29 Jul Porsche European Open Germany England Richard McEvoy (1) 24
5 Aug Fiji International Fiji India Gaganjeet Bhullar (1) 15 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Asian Tour
5 Aug WGC-Bridgestone Invitational United States United States Justin Thomas (2) 74 World Golf Championships
12 Aug PGA Championship United States United States Brooks Koepka (4) 100 Major championship
12 Aug European Golf Team Championships Scotland Men Spain Spain 1[d] n/a Team event; approved special event;[a]
co-sanctioned with the Ladies European Tour
Women Sweden Sweden 3[e]
Mixed Iceland Iceland[f]
19 Aug Nordea Masters Sweden England Paul Waring (1) 24
26 Aug D+D Real Czech Masters Czech Republic Italy Andrea Pavan (1) 24
2 Sep Made in Denmark Denmark England Matt Wallace (4) 24
9 Sep Omega European Masters Switzerland England Matthew Fitzpatrick (5) 26
16 Sep KLM Open Netherlands China Wu Ashun (3) 24
23 Sep Portugal Masters Portugal England Tom Lewis (2) 24
30 Sep Ryder Cup France Europe Team Europe n/a Team event; approved special event
7 Oct Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Scotland Denmark Lucas Bjerregaard (2) 38
14 Oct Sky Sports British Masters England England Eddie Pepperell (2) 38
22 Oct[g] Andalucía Valderrama Masters Spain Spain Sergio García (15) 24
28 Oct WGC-HSBC Champions China United States Xander Schauffele (1) 66 World Golf Championships
4 Nov Turkish Airlines Open Turkey England Justin Rose (11) 36 Rolex Series event
11 Nov Nedbank Golf Challenge South Africa England Lee Westwood (24) 34 Rolex Series event
18 Nov DP World Tour Championship, Dubai United Arab Emirates England Danny Willett (6) 52 Tour Championship; Rolex Series event
25 Nov World Cup of Golf Australia  Belgium[h] n/a Team event; approved special event[a]
  1. ^ a b c d The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names show the number of official career wins they had on the European Tour up to and including that event. Totals are only shown for members of the European Tour and are inclusive of the three United States-based major championships which were included on the schedule for the first time in 1998, with earlier editions having retrospectively been recognised as official tour wins. Victories in "Approved Special Events" are not recognised as official tour wins.
  2. ^ Tournament extended and finished on Monday due to weather.
  3. ^ Paul Dunne & Gavin Moynihan
  4. ^ Pedro Oriol & Scott Fernández
  5. ^ Cajsa Persson & Linda Wessberg
  6. ^ Axel Bóasson, Ólafía Þórunn Kristinsdóttir, Birgir Hafþórsson & Valdis Thora Jonsdottir
  7. ^ Tournament reduced to 54 holes and finished on Monday due to weather.
  8. ^ Thomas Pieters & Thomas Detry

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 was based on money earned during the season and calculated in points based on US dollars with 1 dollar = 1 point, and prize money for all tournaments being converted into points at the beginning of the season. The following table shows the final top-10 in the 2018 standings.[4]

Pos. Player Majors WGCs Rolex Series Top 10s in other ET events Tmts Points and money
Mas USO Opn PGA Mex MP Inv Cha BMW Ita Fra Ire Sco Tur Ned Dub 1 2 3 4 5 Regular
pool ($)
1 Italy Molinari T20 T25 1st T6 T25 17th T39 T43 1st 2nd T26 12 4,791,521 1,250,000 6,041,521
2 United States Reed 1st 4th T28 CUT T37 T9 T28 T7 T23 T2 T9 11 3,963,351 750,000 4,713,351
3 England Fleetwood T17 2nd T12 T35 T14 T17 T14 T7 T20 T23 CUT T7 T16 6th 1st T6 T2 T9 19 3,799,755 600,000 4,399,755
4 United States Schauffele T50 T6 T2 T35 T18 T17 68th 1st T16 9 3,207,488 400,000 3,607,488
5 England Rose T12 T10 T2 T19 T37 T3 T9 1st T10 8th 11 3,431,616 (500,000)[a] 3,431,616
6 Sweden Norén CUT T25 T17 CUT T14 3rd T31 T18 T3 T23 1st T9 12 3,001,488 350,000 3,351,488
7 Northern Ireland McIlroy T5 CUT T2 T50 T36 T6 T54 T2 T28 T21 T20 T3 2nd 13 2,990,654 325,000 3,315,654
8 Denmark Olesen CUT T12 T56 T3 T7 T60 1st CUT T6 T7 T45 10th T2 4th 27 2,923,149 300,000 3,223,149
9 China Li T32 T16 T39 WD 63rd T59 T39 T11 T43 T19 T21 CUT T23 2nd T5 T30 1st T5 T9 27 2,843,291 275,000 3,118,291
10 England Wallace CUT CUT T50 T20 T51 CUT CUT CUT T47 T5 T2 1st T3 1st 1st 32 2,637,527 250,000 2,887,527
  1. ^ By missing the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, Rose was not eligible for the bonus pool.


Award Winner Country
European Tour Golfer of the Year Francesco Molinari  Italy
The Seve Ballesteros Award Francesco Molinari  Italy
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Shubhankar Sharma  India

Golfer of the Month[edit]

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

Month Player Country
January Chris Paisley  England
February Joost Luiten  Netherlands
March Kiradech Aphibarnrat  Thailand
April Alexander Björk  Sweden
May Francesco Molinari  Italy
June Tommy Fleetwood  England
July Francesco Molinari  Italy
August Thorbjørn Olesen  Denmark
September Matt Wallace  England
October Eddie Pepperell  England
November Lee Westwood  England

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "European Tour reveals changes for 2018 season". Bunkered. 14 November 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  2. ^ "2018 European Tour Schedule". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Events | European Tour | 2018". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Race to Dubai Rankings". PGA European Tour. 18 November 2018. Archived from the original on 24 November 2018.