2010 European Tour

The 2010 European Tour was the second edition of the Race to Dubai and the 39th season of golf tournaments since the European Tour officially began in 1972.

2010 European Tour season
Duration10 December 2009 (2009-12-10) – 21 November 2010 (2010-11-21)
Number of official events47
Most wins4 – Martin Kaymer
Race to DubaiMartin Kaymer
Golfer of the YearMartin Kaymer & Graeme McDowell (shared)
Players' Player of the YearMartin Kaymer
Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the yearMatteo Manassero

The Race to Dubai was won by Germany's Martin Kaymer.[1] Kaymer and U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell from Northern Ireland shared the Golfer of the Year award.[2]


The table below shows the 2010 European Tour schedule.[3] The season consisted of 47 tournaments, beginning with two events in December 2009 and culminating with the Dubai World Championship the following November.[4] The schedule included the four major championships, four World Golf Championships and the Ryder Cup.

There were many changes from the 2009 season, including six new tournaments; they were the Africa Open in South Africa,[5] the returning Avantha Masters in India which had been cancelled in 2009,[a] the Hassan II Golf Trophy in Morocco,[5] the Open Calla Millor Mallorca and the Andalucía Valderrama Masters in Spain, and the Vivendi Cup in France.[6] Lost from the schedule were the European Open, the Mercedes-Benz Championship, the Johnnie Walker Classic, the Australian Masters, the Indonesia Open and the Volvo World Match Play Championship.[7] There were also three fewer tournaments due to a partial realignment of the schedule with the calendar.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner[b] OWGR
10–13 Dec Alfred Dunhill Championship South Africa   Pablo Martín (2) 20 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
17–20 Dec South African Open South Africa   Richie Ramsay (1) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
7–10 Jan Africa Open South Africa   Charl Schwartzel (4) 20 New to the European Tour; co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
14–17 Jan Joburg Open South Africa   Charl Schwartzel (5) 22 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
21–24 Jan Abu Dhabi Golf Championship United Arab Emirates   Martin Kaymer (5) 54
28–31 Jan Commercialbank Qatar Masters Qatar   Robert Karlsson (10) 54
4–7 Feb Omega Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates   Miguel Ángel Jiménez (16) 50
11–14 Feb Avantha Masters[a] India   Andrew Dodt (1) 20 Returning tournament; co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
18–21 Feb WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship United States   Ian Poulter (9) 74 World Golf Championships
4–7 Mar Maybank Malaysian Open Malaysia   Noh Seung-yul (1) 24 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
11–14 Mar WGC-CA Championship United States   Ernie Els (25) 74 World Golf Championships
18–21 Mar Trophée Hassan II Morocco   Rhys Davies (1) 24 New to the European Tour
25–28 Mar Open de Andalucia de Golf Spain   Louis Oosthuizen (1) 24
8–11 Apr Masters Tournament United States   Phil Mickelson (n/a) 100 Major championship
8–11 Apr Madeira Islands Open BPI - Portugal Portugal   James Morrison (1) 24 Alternate event
15–18 Apr Volvo China Open China   Yang Yong-eun (3) 28 Co-sanctioned with the OneAsia Tour
22–25 Apr Ballantine's Championship South Korea   Marcus Fraser (2) 38 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
29 Apr – 2 May Open de España Spain   Álvaro Quirós (4) 24
6–9 May BMW Italian Open Italy   Fredrik Andersson Hed (1) 24
13–16 May Iberdrola Open Cala Millor Mallorca Spain   Peter Hanson (3) 24 New tournament
20–23 May BMW PGA Championship England   Simon Khan (2) 64 Flagship event
27–30 May Madrid Masters Spain   Luke Donald (3) 36
3–6 Jun Celtic Manor Wales Open Wales   Graeme McDowell (5) 38
10–13 Jun Estoril Open de Portugal Portugal   Thomas Bjørn (10) 24
17–20 Jun U.S. Open United States   Graeme McDowell (6) 100 Major championship
17–20 Jun Saint-Omer Open France   Martin Wiegele (1) 18 Alternate event; dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour
24–27 Jun BMW International Open Germany   David Horsey (1) 38
1–4 Jul Alstom Open de France France   Miguel Ángel Jiménez (17) 50
8–11 Jul Barclays Scottish Open Scotland   Edoardo Molinari (1) 52
15–18 Jul The Open Championship Scotland   Louis Oosthuizen (2) 100 Major championship
22–25 Jul Nordea Scandinavian Masters Sweden   Richard S. Johnson (2) 26
29 Jul – 1 Aug 3 Irish Open Ireland   Ross Fisher (4) 32
5–8 Aug WGC-Bridgestone Invitational United States   Hunter Mahan (n/a) 76 World Golf Championships
12–15 Aug PGA Championship United States   Martin Kaymer (6) 100 Major championship
19–22 Aug Czech Open Czech Republic   Peter Hanson (4) 24
26–29 Aug Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles Scotland   Edoardo Molinari (2) 30
2–5 Sep Omega European Masters Switzerland   Miguel Ángel Jiménez (18) 30 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
9–12 Sep KLM Open Netherlands   Martin Kaymer (7) 32
16–19 Sep Austrian Golf Open Austria   José Manuel Lara (2) 24
23–26 Sep Vivendi Cup France   John Parry (1) 24 New tournament
1–4 Oct Ryder Cup Wales   Team Europe n/a Approved special event; team event
7–10 Oct Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Scotland   Martin Kaymer (8) 48
14–17 Oct Portugal Masters Portugal   Richard Green (3) 34
21–24 Oct Castelló Masters Costa Azahar Spain   Matteo Manassero (1) 24
28–31 Oct Andalucía Valderrama Masters Spain   Graeme McDowell (7) 38 New tournament
4–7 Nov WGC-HSBC Champions China   Francesco Molinari (2) 68 World Golf Championships
11–14 Nov Barclays Singapore Open Singapore   Adam Scott (7) 48 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
18–21 Nov UBS Hong Kong Open Hong Kong   Ian Poulter (10) 38 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
25–28 Nov Dubai World Championship United Arab Emirates   Robert Karlsson (11) 58
  1. ^ a b The Avantha Masters is considered a continuation of the Indian Masters by the European Tour but not by the Asian Tour.
  2. ^ 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 and have been retrospectively recognised as official tour wins. Victories in "Approved Special Events" are not recognised as official tour wins.

Location of tournamentsEdit

Race to DubaiEdit

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 top 15 in the 2010 standings following the Dubai World Championship and distribution of the bonus pool.[9]

Rank Player Country Events Prize money (€)
1 Martin Kaymer   Germany 22 4,461,011
2 Graeme McDowell   Northern Ireland 24 3,896,996
3 Lee Westwood   England 14 3,222,423
4 Ian Poulter   England 15 3,027,008
5 Francesco Molinari   Italy 27 2,799,692
6 Robert Karlsson   Sweden 21 2,296,486
7 Ernie Els   South Africa 15 2,261,607
8 Charl Schwartzel   South Africa 24 2,207,965
9 Miguel Ángel Jiménez   Spain 29 2,179,418
10 Louis Oosthuizen   South Africa 23 2,070,763
11 Edoardo Molinari   Italy 28 2,009,337
12 Paul Casey   England 14 1,888,850
13 Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland 16 1,821,050
14 Álvaro Quirós   Spain 25 1,750,255
15 Luke Donald   England 13 1,678,072


Award Winner Country Notes
European Tour Golfer of the Year Martin Kaymer
Graeme McDowell
  Northern Ireland
European Tour Players' Player of the Year Martin Kaymer   Germany
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Matteo Manassero   Italy

Golfer of the MonthEdit

The winners of the European Tour Golfer of the Month Award were as follows:[10]

Month Player Country
January Charl Schwartzel   South Africa
February Ian Poulter   England
March Ernie Els   South Africa
April Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland
May Luke Donald   England
June Graeme McDowell   Northern Ireland
July Louis Oosthuizen   South Africa
August Martin Kaymer   Germany
September John Parry   England
October Matteo Manassero   Italy
November Ian Poulter   England

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Germany's Martin Kaymer wins European Tour money title". BBC Sport. 28 November 2010. Archived from the original on 29 November 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Graeme McDowell & Martin Kaymer share European award". BBC Sport. 7 December 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
  3. ^ "European Tour schedule". PGA European Tour. Archived from the original on 3 September 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  4. ^ "The 2010 Race to Dubai to start in South Africa". PGA European Tour. 19 October 2009. Archived from the original on 24 October 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2009.
  5. ^ a b "European Tour reveal early schedule". RTÉ Sport. 19 October 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2009.
  6. ^ "The 2010 Race to Dubai announced". PGA European Tour. 7 December 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2009.[dead link]
  7. ^ "World Match Play shelved for 2010". BBC Sport. 23 May 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Events | European Tour | 2010". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  9. ^ "European Tour Race To Dubai". PGA European Tour. 28 November 2010. Archived from the original on 5 December 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
  10. ^ "Golfer of the Month". PGA European Tour. Archived from the original on 5 June 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010.

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