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2012 European Tour

The 2012 European Tour was the fourth edition of the Race to Dubai and the 41st season of golf tournaments since the European Tour officially began in 1972.


The table below shows the 2012 European Tour schedule.[1] This table comprises 45 individual tournaments and one team competition, not counting three canceled tournaments. The 2011 European Tour schedule had contained 50 different individual tournaments (two of which were played twice, because of the long season) and two team events. There were two new tournaments in 2012: the Perth International and the BMW Masters. Seven of the 2011 tournaments left the schedule: the Iberdrola Open, the Czech Open, the Madrid Masters,[2] the Castelló Masters, the Andalucía Masters,[3] the Iskandar Johor Open, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship. The last named event was in fact played in December 2012 as usual, but counted as part of the 2013 season.

The season began in January with the Africa Open in South Africa, and culminated with the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai in November. The 2012 season therefore lasted only 11 months: this meant that the 2013 season could revert to the December-November format that had been last used for the 2010 season. The full schedule included the four major championships and four World Golf Championships.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner OWGR
5–8 Jan Africa Open South Africa   Louis Oosthuizen (4) 20 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
12–15 Jan Joburg Open South Africa   Branden Grace (1) 22 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
19–22 Jan Volvo Golf Champions South Africa   Branden Grace (2) 32
26–29 Jan Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship United Arab Emirates   Robert Rock (2) 58
2–5 Feb Commercialbank Qatar Masters Qatar   Paul Lawrie (7) 48
9–12 Feb Omega Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates   Rafael Cabrera-Bello (2) 48
16–19 Feb Avantha Masters India   Jbe' Kruger (1) 20 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
22–26 Feb WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship United States   Hunter Mahan (n/a) 76 World Golf Championships
8–11 Mar WGC-Cadillac Championship United States   Justin Rose (5) 78 World Golf Championships
15–18 Mar Open de Andalucía Costa del Sol Spain   Julien Quesne (1) 24
22–25 Mar Trophée Hassan II Morocco   Michael Hoey (4) 24
29 Mar – 1 Apr Sicilian Open Italy   Thorbjørn Olesen (1) 24
5–8 Apr Masters Tournament United States   Bubba Watson (n/a) 100 Major championship
12–15 Apr Maybank Malaysian Open Malaysia   Louis Oosthuizen (5) 36 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
19–22 Apr Volvo China Open China   Branden Grace (3) 32 Co-sanctioned with the OneAsia Tour
26–29 Apr Ballantine's Championship South Korea   Bernd Wiesberger (1) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
3–6 May Reale Seguros Open de España Spain   Francesco Molinari (3) 30
10–13 May Madeira Islands Open - Portugal Portugal   Ricardo Santos (1) 18 Dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour
17–20 May Volvo World Match Play Championship Spain   Nicolas Colsaerts (2) 34
24–27 May BMW PGA Championship England   Luke Donald (7) 64 The European Tour's flagship event
31 May – 3 Jun ISPS Handa Wales Open Wales   Thongchai Jaidee (5) 28
6–9 Jun Nordea Masters Sweden   Lee Westwood (22) 26
14–17 Jun U.S. Open United States   Webb Simpson (n/a) 100 Major championship
14–17 Jun Saint-Omer Open France   Darren Fichardt (3) 18 Dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour
21–24 Jun BMW International Open Germany   Danny Willett (1) 30
28 Jun – 1 Jul The Irish Open Northern Ireland   Jamie Donaldson (1) 38
5–8 Jul Alstom Open de France France   Marcel Siem (2) 46
12–15 Jul Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Scotland   Jeev Milkha Singh (4) 48
19–22 Jul The Open Championship England   Ernie Els (27) 100 Major championship
25–28 Jul Lyoness Open Austria   Bernd Wiesberger (2) 24
2–5 Aug WGC-Bridgestone Invitational United States   Keegan Bradley (n/a) 76 World Golf Championships
9–12 Aug PGA Championship United States   Rory McIlroy (4) 100 Major championship
23–26 Aug Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles Scotland   Paul Lawrie (8) 30
30 Aug – 2 Sep Omega European Masters Switzerland   Richie Ramsay (2) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
6–9 Sep KLM Open Netherlands   Peter Hanson (5) 30
13–16 Sep BMW Italian Open Italy   Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (6) 28
28–30 Sep Ryder Cup United States   Team Europe n/a Team event, unofficial money
4–7 Oct Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Scotland   Branden Grace (4) 46 Celebrity pro-am
11–14 Oct Portugal Masters Portugal   Shane Lowry (2) 34
18–21 Oct ISPS Handa Perth International Australia   Bo Van Pelt (n/a) 22 New tournament
Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
25–28 Oct BMW Masters China   Peter Hanson (6) 56 New tournament
1–4 Nov WGC-HSBC Champions China   Ian Poulter (12) 64 World Golf Championships
8–11 Nov Barclays Singapore Open Singapore   Matteo Manassero (3) 48 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
15–18 Nov UBS Hong Kong Open Hong Kong   Miguel Ángel Jiménez (19) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
15–18 Nov SA Open Championship South Africa   Henrik Stenson (7) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
22–25 Nov DP World Tour Championship, Dubai United Arab Emirates   Rory McIlroy (5) 58 Tour Championship

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 2012 standings and includes the bonus pool.

Rank Player Country Events Prize money ()
1 Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland 15 5,519,118
2 Justin Rose   England 13 3,768,345
3 Louis Oosthuizen   South Africa 16 3,187,364
4 Peter Hanson   Sweden 21 3,022,916
5 Ian Poulter   England 15 2,581,257
6 Branden Grace   South Africa 26 2,502,501
7 Luke Donald   England 13 2,373,540
8 Francesco Molinari   Italy 25 2,215,229
9 Graeme McDowell   Northern Ireland 16 1,945,056
10 Paul Lawrie   Scotland 25 1,910,381
  • Full list can be found here.

Ernie Els would have qualified for the DP World Tour Championship in 7th place but failed to meet the minimum required starts of 12.

Golfer of the MonthEdit

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

Month Player Country
January Branden Grace   South Africa
February Paul Lawrie   Scotland
March Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland
April Louis Oosthuizen   South Africa
May Luke Donald   England
June Jamie Donaldson   Wales
July Ernie Els   South Africa
August Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland
September Ian Poulter   England
October Peter Hanson   Sweden
November Miguel Ángel Jiménez   Spain

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "European Tour schedule". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Madrid Open wiped from calendar". ESPN. Associated Press. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Andalucia Masters canceled". ESPN. Associated Press. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012.

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