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.

2012 European Tour season
Duration5 January 2012 (2012-01-05) – 25 November 2012 (2012-11-25)
Number of official events45 (+ 4 cancelled)
Most wins4 – Branden Grace
Race to DubaiRory McIlroy
Golfer of the YearRory McIlroy
Players' Player of the YearRory McIlroy
Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the yearRicardo Santos

The Race to Dubai was won by Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, 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 2012.[1] Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year was Portugal's Ricardo Santos.


The table below shows the 2012 European Tour schedule,[2] which comprised 45 tournaments counting for the Race to Dubai, including the four major championships and four World Golf Championships, and one team competition. The season began in January with the Africa Open in South Africa, culminating with the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai in November.

Prior to the start of the 2011 season, the tour had announced their intention to realign the schedule with the calendar.[3] As a result, in 2012 there were several changes from the previous season. There was initially one new tournament in 2012, the Perth International, and several tournaments were dropped: the Castelló Masters, the Iskandar Johor Open, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship,[4] which was played in December as part of the 2013 season.

During the season, the BMW Masters in China was added to the schedule,[5] the Czech Open was cancelled,[6] and three tournaments in Spain were also cancelled: the Iberdrola Open,[7] the Madrid Masters,[8] and the Andalucía Masters.[9]

Dates Tournament Host country Winner[a] 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   Rafa 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 Iberdrola Open Spain Cancelled
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
16–19 Aug Czech Open Czech Republic Cancelled
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
20–23 Sep Madrid Masters Spain Cancelled
28–30 Sep Ryder Cup United States   Team Europe n/a Team event; approved special event
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
18–21 Oct Andalucía Masters Spain Cancelled
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
  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.

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.


Award Winner Country
European Tour Golfer of the Year Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland
European Tour Players' Player of the Year Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Ricardo Santos   Portugal

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. ^ "Rory McIlroy named European Tour golfer of the year". BBC Sport. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  2. ^ "European Tour schedule". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  3. ^ "European Tour unveils 2011 Race to Dubai schedule". BBC Sport. 28 November 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  4. ^ "European Tour releases complete 2012 schedule". Golf Channel. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  5. ^ "European Tour adds BMW Masters in Shanghai to schedule". BBC Sport. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Czech Open canceled for 2012". Golf Channel. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Lacking a sponsor, Iberdrola Open cancels". Golfweek (USA Today). 20 March 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Madrid Open wiped from calendar". ESPN. Associated Press. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Andalucia Masters canceled". ESPN. Associated Press. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  10. ^ "Events | European Tour | 2012". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 6 May 2020.

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