2019 European Tour

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The 2019 European Tour is 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 its 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]

The number in brackets after each winner's name is the number of European Tour events he had won up to and including that tournament. This information is only shown for European Tour members (including past members).

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 R17,500,000 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 (n/a) 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 (n/a) 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 (n/a) 100 10,000 $11,000,000 Major championship
28 Apr Trophée Hassan II Morocco Spain Jorge Campillo (1) 24 3,500 €2,500,000
5 May Volvo China Open China Finland Mikko Korhonen (2) 24 3,500 ¥20,000,000 ASA
12 May Betfred British Masters England Sweden Marcus Kinhult (1) 26 4,250 £3,000,000
19 May PGA Championship United States United States Brooks Koepka (5) 100 10,000 $11,000,000 Major championship
26 May Made in Denmark Denmark Austria Bernd Wiesberger (5) 24 4,250 €3,000,000
2 Jun Belgian Knockout Belgium Italy Guido Migliozzi (2) 24 2,000 €1,000,000
16 Jun U.S. Open United States United States Gary Woodland (n/a) 100 10,000 $12,500,000 Major championship
23 Jun BMW International Open Germany Italy Andrea Pavan (2) 26 2,750 €2,000,000
30 Jun Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters Spain South Africa Christiaan Bezuidenhout (1) 24 4,250 €3,000,000
7 Jul Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Ireland Spain Jon Rahm (4) 42 7,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series
14 Jul Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open Scotland Austria Bernd Wiesberger (6) 48 7,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series
21 Jul The Open Championship Northern Ireland Republic of Ireland Shane Lowry (5) 100 10,000 $10,750,000 Major championship
28 Jul WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational United States United States Brooks Koepka (6) 72 9,000 $10,250,000 World Golf Championships
18 Aug D+D Real Czech Masters Czech Republic Belgium Thomas Pieters (4) 24 2,000 €1,000,000
25 Aug Scandinavian Invitation Sweden South Africa Erik van Rooyen (1) 24 2,750 €1,500,000
1 Sep Omega European Masters Switzerland Sweden Sebastian Söderberg (1) 38 3,500 €2,500,000
8 Sep Porsche European Open Germany England Paul Casey (14) 26 2,750 €2,000,000
15 Sep KLM Open Netherlands Spain Sergio García (16) 24 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 Mutuactivos Open de España Spain 2,750 €1,500,000
13 Oct Italian Open Italy 7,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series
20 Oct Amundi Open de France France 2,750 €1,600,000
27 Oct Portugal Masters Portugal 2,750 €2,000,000
3 Nov WGC-HSBC Champions China 9,000 $10,250,000 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
8 Jun GolfSixes Cascais Portugal  Thailand (Thongchai Jaidee & Phachara Khongwatmai)

Location of tournaments[edit]

Race to Dubai points leaders[edit]

Race to Dubai standing of leading players correct as at 15 September 2019 (after completion of KLM Open)

Pos. Player Majors World Golf Ch. Rolex Series Top 10s in other ET 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 7 8
1 Republic of Ireland Shane Lowry CUT
0
T8
198
T28
94
1st
1665
T62
24
T24
79
A
0
1st
1165
T34
52
A
0
3,345 9 3.27
2 Austria Bernd Wiesberger A
0
A
0
76th
17
T32
76
A
0
A
0
A
0
T42
41
T2
609
1st
1165
1st
710
8th
50
5th
116
2,945 22 2.39
3 Spain Jon Rahm T9
202
CUT
0
T3
475
T11
163
T45
49
T24
79
7th
270
A
0
1st
1165
A
0
T2
256
2,658 9 2.54
4 England Matt Wallace CUT
0
T3
517
T12
162
T51
41
T33
72
T40
48
T27
76
T16
89
T55
24
T14
96
2nd
472
T2
317
T3
105
3rd
172
2,275 19 1.96
5 England Tommy Fleetwood T36
73
T48
47
T65
25
2nd
1113
T19
104
T24
78
T4
382
T42
41
T23
75
A
0
T8
81
T8
75
2,189 13 1.88
6 England Matthew Fitzpatrick T21
107
T41
60
T12
162
T20
107
T19
82
T24
25
T4
382
A
0
A
0
T14
97
2nd
305
2nd
305
2nd
305
1,999 14 1.59
7 United States Kevin Kisner T21
107
CUT
0
T49
52
T30
88
T27
(82)
1st
1500
T27
76
A
0
A
0
CUT
0
1,823 8 1.89
8 South Africa Louis Oosthuizen T29
90
T60
28
T7
275
T20
106
T25
93
T5
298
T20
104
4th
350
T46
37
A
0
1st
335
T7
76
1,793 11 1.51
9 South Africa Erik van Rooyen A
0
T8
198
T43
61
T20
107
T36
67
A
0
A
0
T32
53
CUT
0
T14
97
T2
122
T6
77
T2
261
T5
62
1st
460
1,754 21 1.27
10 United States Xander Schauffele T2
747
T16
125
T3
475
T41
57
T14
132
T24
79
T27
76
A
0
A
0
A
0
1,704 8 1.71

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, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland 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.