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The 2015 European Tour is the seventh edition of the Race to Dubai and the 44th season of golf tournaments since the European Tour officially began in 1972.

ScheduleEdit

The table below shows the 2015 European Tour schedule which begins with two events in late 2014.[1]

Events moving up on the schedule are the Maybank Malaysian Open by two months from April to February, the Madeira Islands Open by two months from May to March, the Irish Open by three weeks, and the Omega European Masters by six weeks from September to July.

Events moving back on the schedule are the Alfred Dunhill Championship by two weeks, the South African Open Championship by two months from November to January, the Joburg Open by three weeks, the Africa Open by three weeks, the Tshwane Open by two weeks, the Trophée Hassan II by two weeks, the M2M Russian Open by six weeks from July to September, and the Italian Open by three weeks.

Events new for the 2015 season are the True Thailand Classic, the Shenzhen International, the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay, and the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, while the Hero Indian Open is co-sanctioned by the European Tour for the first time. In addition, the European Open returns to the schedule for the first time since 2009, and the British Masters for the first time since 2008.

Events missing from the 2015 schedule that were played in 2014 are the Volvo World Match Play Championship, Nelson Mandela Championship, Volvo Golf Champions, NH Collection Open, The Championship at Laguna National, Wales Open, and the Perth International.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner OWGR
points
Notes
4–7 Dec Nedbank Golf Challenge South Africa   Danny Willett (2) 38 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
11–14 Dec Alfred Dunhill Championship South Africa   Branden Grace (5) 22 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
8–11 Jan South African Open Championship South Africa   Andy Sullivan (1) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
15–18 Jan Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship United Arab Emirates   Gary Stal (1) 50
21–24 Jan Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Qatar   Branden Grace (6) 42
29 Jan – 1 Feb Omega Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates   Rory McIlroy (10) 50
5–8 Feb Maybank Malaysian Open Malaysia   Anirban Lahiri (1) 38 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
12–15 Feb True Thailand Classic Thailand   Andrew Dodt (2) 28 New tournament
Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
19–22 Feb Hero Indian Open India   Anirban Lahiri (2) 19 New tournament
Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
26 Feb – 1 Mar Joburg Open South Africa   Andy Sullivan (2) 19 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
5–8 Mar WGC-Cadillac Championship United States   Dustin Johnson (n/a) 76 World Golf Championships
5–8 Mar Africa Open South Africa   Trevor Fisher Jnr (1) 19 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
12–15 Mar Tshwane Open South Africa   George Coetzee (2) 19 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
26–29 Mar Trophée Hassan II Morocco   Richie Ramsay (3) 24
9–12 Apr Masters Tournament United States   Jordan Spieth (n/a) 100 Major championship
16–19 Apr Shenzhen International China   Kiradech Aphibarnrat (2) 24 New tournament
23–26 Apr Volvo China Open China   Wu Ashun (1) 26 Co-sanctioned with the OneAsia Tour
29 Apr – 3 May WGC-Cadillac Match Play United States   Rory McIlroy (11) 76 World Golf Championships
7–10 May AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open Mauritius   George Coetzee (3) 17 New tournament
Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
and the Asian Tour
14–17 May Open de España Spain   James Morrison (2) 26
21–24 May BMW PGA Championship England   An Byeong-hun (1) 64 The European Tour's flagship event
28–31 May Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Northern Ireland   Søren Kjeldsen (4) 48
4–7 Jun Nordea Masters Sweden   Alexander Norén (4) 26
11–14 Jun Lyoness Open Austria   Chris Wood (2) 24
18–21 Jun U.S. Open United States   Jordan Spieth (n/a) 100 Major championship
25–28 Jun BMW International Open Germany   Pablo Larrazábal (4) 32
2–5 Jul Alstom Open de France France   Bernd Wiesberger (3) 36
9–12 Jul Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Scotland   Rickie Fowler (n/a) 50
16–20 Jul The Open Championship Scotland   Zach Johnson (n/a) 100 Major championship
23–26 Jul Omega European Masters Switzerland   Danny Willett (3) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
30 Jul – 2 Aug Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay Scotland   Kiradech Aphibarnrat (3) 24 New tournament
30 Jul – 2 Aug Madeira Islands Open - Portugal - BPI Portugal   Roope Kakko (1) 18 Dual ranking event with the Challenge Tour
Rescheduled from 19–22 March due to weather
6–9 Aug WGC-Bridgestone Invitational United States   Shane Lowry (3) 74 World Golf Championships
13–16 Aug PGA Championship United States   Jason Day (n/a) 100 Major championship
20–23 Aug Made in Denmark Denmark   David Horsey (4) 24
27–30 Aug D+D Real Czech Masters Czech Republic   Thomas Pieters (1) 24
3–6 Sep M2M Russian Open Russia   Lee Slattery (2) 24
10–13 Sep KLM Open Netherlands   Thomas Pieters (2) 24
17–20 Sep Open d'Italia Italy   Rikard Karlberg (1) 24
24–27 Sep Porsche European Open Germany   Thongchai Jaidee (7) 30 Last played in 2009
1–4 Oct Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Scotland   Thorbjørn Olesen (3) 44 Celebrity pro-am
8–11 Oct British Masters England   Matthew Fitzpatrick (1) 36 Last played in 2008
15–18 Oct Portugal Masters Portugal   Andy Sullivan (3) 24
22–25 Oct UBS Hong Kong Open Hong Kong   Justin Rose (8) 34 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
29 Oct – 1 Nov Turkish Airlines Open Turkey   Victor Dubuisson (2) 44 Final Series
5–8 Nov WGC-HSBC Champions China   Russell Knox (n/a) 66 Final Series
World Golf Championships
12–15 Nov BMW Masters China   Kristoffer Broberg (1) 50 Final Series
19–22 Nov DP World Tour Championship, Dubai United Arab Emirates   Rory McIlroy (12) 52 Final Series

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 2015 standings (earnings converted to points before the Final Series).[2]

Rank Player Country Events Points
1 Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland 12 4,727,253
2 Danny Willett   England 23 3,670,310
3 Branden Grace   South Africa 19 3,056,948
4 Justin Rose   England 14 2,827,024
5 Shane Lowry   Ireland 18 2,729,144
6 Louis Oosthuizen   South Africa 13 2,711,457
7 An Byeong-hun   South Korea 26 2,417,356
8 Andy Sullivan   England 28 2,263,573
9 Bernd Wiesberger   Austria 25 2,163,180
10 Thongchai Jaidee   Thailand 26 2,150,076
  • Full list can be found here.

Golfer of the MonthEdit

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

Month Player Country
January Gary Stal   France
February Anirban Lahiri   India
March Richie Ramsay   Scotland
April Wu Ashun   China
May An Byeong-hun   South Korea
June Alexander Norén   Sweden
July Danny Willett   England
August Shane Lowry   Ireland
September Lee Slattery   England
October Matthew Fitzpatrick   England
November Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2015 European Tour Schedule". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  2. ^ "The Race Is On". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 23 November 2015.

External linksEdit