2016 European Tour

The 2016 European Tour was the eighth edition of the Race to Dubai and the 45th season of golf tournaments since the European Tour officially began in 1972.

2016 European Tour season
Duration26 November 2015 (2015-11-26) – 27 November 2016 (2016-11-27)
Number of official events47
Most wins4 – Alex Norén
Race to DubaiHenrik Stenson
Golfer of the YearHenrik Stenson
Seve Ballesteros AwardHenrik Stenson
Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the yearWang Jeung-hun

The Race to Dubai was won for the second time by Sweden's Henrik Stenson, who was also named Golfer of the Year. The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year was Wang Jeung-hun from South Korea.

Rule changesEdit

For the 2016 season, the European Tour modified its membership requirements from 13 tournaments inclusive of the four majors and four World Golf Championships, to 5 tournaments exclusive of them; the change was intended to make it easier for United States-based players outside the top-50 in the world rankings to retain their membership, as they may not be eligible for the majors and WGCs.[1][2]


The table below shows the 2016 European Tour schedule which began with three events in late 2015.[3][2]

There were many changes from the previous season. Seven tournaments were lost from the schedule, the most significant being the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational which, due to a clash of dates with the 100th edition of the Open de France, was not sanctioned by the European tour in 2016.[4] Other tournaments to be removed were the Africa Open, the Malaysian Open, the Madeira Islands Open, the Russian Open, the BMW Masters and the Hong Kong Open, which would take place early in the 2017 season due to a change in dates from October to December. There were four additions to the schedule: the return of the Perth International, the first European Tour sanctioned Australian PGA Championship; the inaugural Maybank Championship, which replaced the Malaysian Open;[5] and the Olympic Men's Golf Competition.

The Final Series was also adjusted; the Nedbank Golf Challenge replaced the dropped BMW Masters, and the series was reduced to three events with the removal of the WGC-HSBC Champions.[1][2] As a result of the change of dates, the Nedbank Golf Challenge was played twice during the season.

The Fiji International[6] and the King's Cup[7] were added to the schedule later.

Date Tournament Host country Winner[a] OWGR
29 Nov Alfred Dunhill Championship South Africa   Charl Schwartzel (10) 22 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
6 Dec Nedbank Golf Challenge South Africa   Marc Leishman (n/a) 44 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
6 Dec Australian PGA Championship Australia   Nathan Holman (1) 20 New to the European Tour; co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
10 Jan BMW SA Open South Africa   Brandon Stone (1) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
17 Jan EurAsia Cup Malaysia   Team Europe n/a Team event; approved special event; co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
17 Jan Joburg Open South Africa   Haydn Porteous (1) 19 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
24 Jan Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship United Arab Emirates   Rickie Fowler (n/a) 52
30 Jan Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Qatar   Branden Grace (7) 36
7 Feb Omega Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates   Danny Willett (4) 48
14 Feb Tshwane Open South Africa   Charl Schwartzel (11) 19 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
21 Feb Maybank Championship Malaysia Malaysia   Marcus Fraser (3) 38 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
28 Feb ISPS Handa Perth International Australia   Louis Oosthuizen (8) 23 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Asian Tour
6 Mar WGC-Cadillac Championship United States   Adam Scott (10) 76 World Golf Championships
13 Mar True Thailand Classic Thailand   Scott Hend (2) 24 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
20 Mar Hero Indian Open India   Shiv Chawrasia (3) 19 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
27 Mar WGC-Dell Match Play United States   Jason Day (n/a) 76 World Golf Championships
10 Apr Masters Tournament United States   Danny Willett (5) 100 Major championship
17 Apr Real Club Valderrama Open de España Spain   Andrew Johnston (1) 28
25 Apr Shenzhen International China   Lee Soo-min (1) 24
1 May Volvo China Open China   Li Haotong (1) 26 Co-sanctioned with the OneAsia Tour
8 May Trophée Hassan II Morocco   Wang Jeung-hun (1) 24
15 May AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open Mauritius   Wang Jeung-hun (2) 17 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour and the Asian Tour
22 May Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Ireland   Rory McIlroy (13) 46
29 May BMW PGA Championship England   Chris Wood (3) 64 Flagship event
5 Jun Nordea Masters Sweden   Matthew Fitzpatrick (2) 24
12 Jun Lyoness Open Austria   Wu Ashun (2) 24
19 Jun U.S. Open United States   Dustin Johnson (n/a) 100 Major championship
26 Jun BMW International Open Germany   Henrik Stenson (10) 34
3 Jul Open de France France   Thongchai Jaidee (8) 42
10 Jul Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Scotland   Alex Norén (5) 46
17 Jul The Open Championship Scotland   Henrik Stenson (11) 100 Major championship
31 Jul PGA Championship United States   Jimmy Walker (n/a) 100 Major championship
31 Jul King's Cup Thailand   Chan Shih-chang (1) 14 New to the European Tour; co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
7 Aug Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Matchplay Scotland   Anthony Wall (2) 24
14 Aug Olympic Men's Golf Competition Brazil   Justin Rose (n/a)[b] 46 Approved special event[a]
21 Aug D+D Real Czech Masters Czech Republic   Paul Peterson (1) 24
28 Aug Made in Denmark Denmark   Thomas Pieters (3) 24
4 Sep Omega European Masters Switzerland   Alex Norén (6) 30 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
11 Sep KLM Open Netherlands   Joost Luiten (5) 24
18 Sep Italian Open Italy   Francesco Molinari (4) 36
25 Sep[c] Porsche European Open Germany   Alexander Lévy (3) 24
2 Oct Ryder Cup United States   Team USA n/a Team event; approved special event
9 Oct Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Scotland   Tyrrell Hatton (1) 40 Celebrity pro-am
9 Oct Fiji International Fiji   Brandt Snedeker (n/a) 16 New to the European Tour; co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
16 Oct British Masters England   Alex Norén (7) 34
23 Oct Portugal Masters Portugal   Pádraig Harrington (15) 24
30 Oct WGC-HSBC Champions China   Hideki Matsuyama (n/a) 70 World Golf Championships
6 Nov Turkish Airlines Open Turkey   Thorbjørn Olesen (4) 30 Final Series
13 Nov Nedbank Golf Challenge South Africa   Alex Norén (8) 46 Final Series
20 Nov DP World Tour Championship, Dubai United Arab Emirates   Matthew Fitzpatrick (3) 52 Final Series
27 Nov World Cup of Golf Australia   Denmark n/a Team event; approved special event
  1. ^ a b 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, with earlier editions having retrospectively been recognised as official tour wins. Victories in "Approved Special Events" are not recognised as official tour wins.
  2. ^ Originally the European Tour counted this as Justin Rose's 9th official win, but the Olympic Games tournament has been retrospectively reclassified as an approved special event.
  3. ^ Tournament reduced to 54 holes due to numerous fog delays.

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 2016 standings (earnings converted to points before the Final Series).[9]

Rank Player Country Events Points
1 Henrik Stenson   Sweden 16 5,289,506
2 Danny Willett   England 24 4,419,190
3 Alex Norén   Sweden 22 3,995,053
4 Tyrrell Hatton   England 23 3,690,027
5 Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland 13 3,337,141
6 Matthew Fitzpatrick   England 28 2,715,297
7 Branden Grace   South Africa 16 2,395,602
8 Rafa Cabrera-Bello   Spain 22 2,343,049
9 Bernd Wiesberger   Austria 26 2,266,907
10 Louis Oosthuizen   South Africa 16 2,166,590
  • Full list can be found here.


Award Winner Country
European Tour Golfer of the Year Henrik Stenson   Sweden
The Seve Ballesteros Award Henrik Stenson   Sweden
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Wang Jeung-hun   South Korea

Golfer of the MonthEdit

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

Month Player Country
January Nathan Holman   Australia
February Danny Willett   England
March Shiv Chawrasia   India
April Danny Willett   England
May Wang Jeung-hun   South Korea
June Henrik Stenson   Sweden
July Henrik Stenson   Sweden
August Justin Rose   England
September Francesco Molinari   Italy
October Tyrrell Hatton   England
November Matthew Fitzpatrick   England

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "European Tour confirms major changes to membership criteria for 2016". ESPN. PA Sport. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "European Tour's Final Series to have three tournaments from 2016". Sky Sports. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  3. ^ "2016 European Tour Schedule". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  4. ^ "European Tour won't co-sanction 2016 Bridgestone Invitational due to Open de France clash". ESPN. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Maybank going on their own". The Star Malaysia. 2 August 2015. p. 41. Retrieved 21 June 2020 – via PressReader.
  6. ^ "Sport: Fiji International joins European Tour". RNZ. 22 April 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  7. ^ "King's Cup added to the European Tour's 2016 summer schedule". Sky Sports. 3 May 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Events | European Tour | 2016". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  9. ^ "The Race Is On". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 20 November 2017.