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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.



The table below shows the 2016 European Tour schedule which began with three events in late 2015.[1][2]

Date Tournament Host country Winner 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 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 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 The European Tour's 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   Alexander 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 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 (9) 46
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   Alexander 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 Porsche European Open Germany   Alexander Lévy (3) 24 Shortened to 54 holes due to numerous fog delays.
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 European Tour
Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
16 Oct British Masters England   Alexander 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   Alexander Norén (8) 46 Final Series
20 Nov DP World Tour Championship, Dubai United Arab Emirates   Matthew Fitzpatrick (3) 52 Final Series

Unofficial eventsEdit

The following events, all team events, appear on the schedule, but do not carry official money.

Date Tournament Host country Winner
17 Jan EurAsia Cup Malaysia Team Europe
2 Oct Ryder Cup United States   Team USA
27 Nov World Cup of Golf Australia   Denmark
Søren Kjeldsen & Thorbjørn Olesen

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).[3]

Rank Player Country Events Points
1 Henrik Stenson   Sweden 16 5,289,506
2 Danny Willett   England 24 4,419,190
3 Alexander 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 Rafael 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.

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. ^ "2016 European Tour Schedule". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  2. ^ "European Tour's Final Series to have three tournaments from 2016". Sky Sports. 17 November 2015.
  3. ^ "The Race Is On". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 20 November 2017.