2011 European Tour

The 2011 European Tour was the third edition of the Race to Dubai and the 40th season of golf tournaments since the European Tour officially began in 1972.

2011 European Tour season
Duration9 December 2010 (2010-12-09) – 11 December 2011 (2011-12-11)
Number of official events52
Most wins3 – Thomas Bjørn, Luke Donald
Race to DubaiLuke Donald
Golfer of the YearLuke Donald
Players' Player of the YearLuke Donald
Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the yearTom Lewis

The Race to Dubai was won by Englishman Luke Donald, who also collected the Golfer of the Year award having also headed the PGA Tour money list and ascended to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking during 2011.[1] Compatriot Tom Lewis was Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year.


The table below shows the 2011 European Tour schedule.[2] The season began in December 2010 with the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa, and culminated with the Dubai World Championship the following December.[3] The full schedule included the four major championships and four World Golf Championships.[4]

Dates Tournament Host country Winner[a] OWGR
9–12 Dec Alfred Dunhill Championship South Africa   Pablo Martín (3) 20 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
16–19 Dec South African Open South Africa   Ernie Els (26) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
6–9 Jan Africa Open South Africa   Louis Oosthuizen (3) 22 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
13–16 Jan Joburg Open South Africa   Charl Schwartzel (6) 20 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
20–23 Jan Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship United Arab Emirates   Martin Kaymer (9) 56
27–30 Jan Volvo Golf Champions Bahrain   Paul Casey (11) 38 New tournament
3–6 Feb Commercialbank Qatar Masters Qatar   Thomas Bjørn (11) 50
10–13 Feb Omega Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates   Álvaro Quirós (5) 50
17–20 Feb Avantha Masters India   Shiv Chowrasia (2) 20 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
23–27 Feb WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship United States   Luke Donald (4) 76 World Golf Championships
10–13 Mar WGC-Cadillac Championship United States   Nick Watney (n/a) 74 World Golf Championships
17–21 Mar[b] Sicilian Open Italy   Raphaël Jacquelin (3) 24 New tournament
24–27 Mar Open de Andalucía de Golf Spain   Paul Lawrie (6) 24
31 Mar – 3 Apr Trophée Hassan II Morocco   David Horsey (2) 24
7–10 Apr Masters Tournament United States   Charl Schwartzel (7) 100 Major championship
14–17 Apr Maybank Malaysian Open Malaysia   Matteo Manassero (2) 42 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
21–24 Apr Volvo China Open China   Nicolas Colsaerts (1) 28 Co-sanctioned with the OneAsia Tour
29 Apr – 1 May Ballantine's Championship South Korea   Lee Westwood (21) 42 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
5–8 May Open de España Spain   Thomas Aiken (1) 24
12–15 May Iberdrola Open Spain   Darren Clarke (13) 24
19–22 May Volvo World Match Play Championship Spain   Ian Poulter (11) 52
19–22 May Madeira Islands Open Portugal   Michael Hoey (2) 18 Dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour.
26–29 May BMW PGA Championship England   Luke Donald (5) 64 Flagship event
2–5 Jun Saab Wales Open Wales   Alex Norén (2) 30
9–12 Jun BMW Italian Open Italy   Robert Rock (1) 24
16–19 Jun U.S. Open United States   Rory McIlroy (2) 100 Major championship
16–19 Jun Saint-Omer Open France   Matthew Zions (1) 18 Dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour.
23–26 Jun BMW International Open Germany   Pablo Larrazábal (2) 38
30 Jun – 3 Jul Alstom Open de France France   Thomas Levet (6) 40
7–10 Jul Barclays Scottish Open Scotland   Luke Donald (6) 52
14–17 Jul The Open Championship England   Darren Clarke (14) 100 Major championship
21–24 Jul Nordea Masters Sweden   Alex Norén (3) 24
28–31 Jul Irish Open Ireland   Simon Dyson (5) 28
4–7 Aug WGC-Bridgestone Invitational United States   Adam Scott (8) 76 World Golf Championships
11–14 Aug PGA Championship United States   Keegan Bradley (n/a) 100 Major championship
18–21 Aug Czech Open Czech Republic   Oliver Fisher (1) 24
25–28 Aug Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles Scotland   Thomas Bjørn (12) 24
1–4 Sep Omega European Masters Switzerland   Thomas Bjørn (13) 44 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
8–11 Sep KLM Open Netherlands   Simon Dyson (6) 40
15–18 Sep Vivendi Seve Trophy France     Great Britain & Ireland n/a Team event; approved special event
22–25 Sep Austrian Golf Open Austria   Kenneth Ferrie (3) 24
29 Sep – 2 Oct Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Scotland   Michael Hoey (3) 54 Celebrity pro-am
6–9 Oct Bankia Madrid Masters Spain   Lee Slattery (1) 28
13–16 Oct Portugal Masters Portugal   Tom Lewis (1) 34
20–23 Oct Castelló Masters Spain   Sergio García (9) 24
27–30 Oct Andalucía Masters Spain   Sergio García (10) 38
3–6 Nov WGC-HSBC Champions China   Martin Kaymer (10) 62 World Golf Championships
10–14 Nov Barclays Singapore Open Singapore   Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (5) 46 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
17–20 Nov[c] Iskandar Johor Open Malaysia   Joost Luiten (1) 24 New tournament; co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
17–20 Nov Alfred Dunhill Championship South Africa   Garth Mulroy (1) 20 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
24–27 Nov Omega Mission Hills World Cup China   United States n/a Team event; approved special event
24–27 Nov South African Open South Africa   Hennie Otto (2) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
1–4 Dec UBS Hong Kong Open Hong Kong   Rory McIlroy (3) 38 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
8–11 Dec Dubai World Championship United Arab Emirates   Álvaro Quirós (6) 58 The Tour Championship
  1. ^ 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 earlier editions have been retrospectively recognised as official tour wins. Victories in "Approved Special Events" are not recognised as official tour wins.
  2. ^ The Sicilian Open was scheduled to end on March 20, but the end of the final round was pushed back to the following day due to weather.
  3. ^ The final round of the Iskandar Johor Open was cancelled and the tournament reduced to 54 holes due to weather.

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 final top 10 in the 2011 standings and includes the bonus pool.[6]

Rank Player Country Events Prize money ()
1 Luke Donald   England 13 5,323,400
2 Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland 19 4,002,168
3 Martin Kaymer   Germany 22 3,489,033
4 Charl Schwartzel   South Africa 18 2,929,829
5 Lee Westwood   England 19 2,439,601
6 Álvaro Quirós   Spain 23 2,259,242
7 Anders Hansen   Denmark 22 2,074,366
8 Sergio García   Spain 13 1,962,723
9 Thomas Bjørn   Denmark 23 1,814,115
10 Simon Dyson   England 29 1,694,779


Award Winner Country
European Tour Golfer of the Year Luke Donald   England
European Tour Players' Player of the Year Luke Donald   England
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Tom Lewis   England

Golfer of the MonthEdit

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

Month Player Country
January Martin Kaymer   Germany
February Luke Donald   England
March Paul Lawrie   Scotland
April Charl Schwartzel   South Africa
May Luke Donald   England
June Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland
July Darren Clarke   Northern Ireland
August Thomas Bjørn   Denmark
September Michael Hoey   Northern Ireland
October Sergio García   Spain
November Martin Kaymer   Germany

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Luke Donald lands European & PGA Tour awards". BBC Sport. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  2. ^ "European Tour schedule". PGA European Tour. Archived from the original on 12 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-07.
  3. ^ "European Tour unveils 2011 Race to Dubai schedule". BBC Sport. 28 November 2010. Archived from the original on 2 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-28.
  4. ^ "The 2011 European Tour International Schedule – Initial Sector". PGA European Tour. 26 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-07.
  5. ^ "Events | European Tour | 2011". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  6. ^ "European Tour Race To Dubai". europeantour.com. 4 December 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-04.

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