2017 European Tour

The 2017 European Tour was the ninth edition of the Race to Dubai and the 46th season of golf tournaments since the European Tour officially began in 1972.

2017 European Tour season
Duration1 December 2016 (2016-12-01) – 19 November 2017 (2017-11-19)
Number of official events47
Most wins3 – Sergio García
Race to DubaiTommy Fleetwood
Golfer of the YearSergio García
Seve Ballesteros AwardTommy Fleetwood
Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the yearJon Rahm
2016
2018

England's Tommy Fleetwood won the Race to Dubai. Spanish golfers collected the annual awards; Golfer of the Year was Sergio García, who won his first major, and Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year was Jon Rahm

Changes for 2017Edit

For the 2017 season, the European Tour created the "Rolex Series", a group of selected tournaments with a minimum purse of US$7 million. Seven tournaments were initially announced: the BMW PGA Championship, the Irish Open, the Scottish Open, the Italian Open and the three Final Series events – the Turkish Airlines Open, the Nedbank Golf Challenge and the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.[1][2] The Open de France was later announced as the eighth Rolex Series event.[3]

There were changes to membership criteria with the creation of a new "Access List", a season-long money list excluding the Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, the four World Golf Championships and the Rolex Series events. The top three players in the Access List standings would be invited to play in Rolex Series events, and the top 10 players in the Access List final standings not otherwise exempt would gain full European Tour membership for the following season.[1] There was a corresponding reduction in numbers from the Race to Dubai final standings gaining cards, down from the top 110 to the top 100.[4]

Tournament changesEdit

ScheduleEdit

The table below shows the 2017 European Tour schedule which begins with two events in late 2016.[5]

Date Tournament Host country Winner[a] OWGR
points[6]
Notes
4 Dec Australian PGA Championship Australia   Harold Varner III (1) 22 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
4 Dec Alfred Dunhill Championship South Africa   Brandon Stone (2) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
11 Dec UBS Hong Kong Open Hong Kong   Sam Brazel (1) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
15 Jan BMW SA Open South Africa   Graeme Storm (2) 26 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
22 Jan Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship United Arab Emirates   Tommy Fleetwood (2) 50
29 Jan Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Qatar   Wang Jeung-hun (3) 32
5 Feb Omega Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates   Sergio García (12) 46
12 Feb Maybank Championship Malaysia   Fabrizio Zanotti (2) 36 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
19 Feb ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth Australia   Brett Rumford (6) 23 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Asian Tour
26 Feb Joburg Open[b] South Africa   Darren Fichardt (5) 19 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
5 Mar WGC-Mexico Championship Mexico   Dustin Johnson (n/a) 76 World Golf Championships
5 Mar Tshwane Open South Africa   Dean Burmester (1) 19 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
12 Mar Hero Indian Open India   Shiv Chawrasia (4) 21 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
26 Mar WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play United States   Dustin Johnson (n/a) 74 World Golf Championships
9 Apr Masters Tournament United States   Sergio García (13) 100 Major championship
16 Apr Trophée Hassan II Morocco   Edoardo Molinari (3) 24
23 Apr Shenzhen International China   Bernd Wiesberger (4) 26
30 Apr Volvo China Open China   Alexander Lévy (4) 24 Co-sanctioned with OneAsia
7 May GolfSixes England   Denmark[c] n/a New tournament; approved special event[a]
14 May Open de Portugal Portugal   Matt Wallace (1) 18 Last played in 2010; dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour
21 May Rocco Forte Open Italy   Álvaro Quirós (7) 24 Last played in 2012
28 May BMW PGA Championship England   Alex Norén (9) 64 Flagship event; Rolex Series event
4 Jun Nordea Masters Sweden   Renato Paratore (1) 32
11 Jun Lyoness Open Austria   Dylan Frittelli (1) 24
18 Jun U.S. Open United States   Brooks Koepka (2) 100 Major championship
25 Jun BMW International Open Germany   Andrés Romero (2) 32
2 Jul HNA Open de France France   Tommy Fleetwood (3) 46 Rolex Series event
9 Jul Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Northern Ireland   Jon Rahm (1) 48 Rolex Series event
16 Jul Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Scotland   Rafa Cabrera-Bello (3) 50 Rolex Series event
23 Jul The Open Championship England   Jordan Spieth (n/a) 100 Major championship
30 Jul Porsche European Open Germany   Jordan Smith (1) 24
6 Aug WGC-Bridgestone Invitational United States   Hideki Matsuyama (n/a) 76 World Golf Championships
13 Aug PGA Championship United States   Justin Thomas (1) 100 Major championship
20 Aug Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play Germany   Adrián Otaegui (1) 24
20 Aug Fiji International Fiji   Jason Norris (1) 15 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Asian Tour
27 Aug Made in Denmark Denmark   Julian Suri (1) 24
3 Sep D+D Real Czech Masters Czech Republic   Haydn Porteous (2) 24
10 Sep Omega European Masters Switzerland   Matthew Fitzpatrick (4) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
17 Sep KLM Open Netherlands   Romain Wattel (1) 24
24 Sep Portugal Masters Portugal   Lucas Bjerregaard (1) 24
1 Oct British Masters England   Paul Dunne (1) 38
8 Oct Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Scotland   Tyrrell Hatton (2) 34
15 Oct Italian Open Italy   Tyrrell Hatton (3) 42 Rolex Series event
22 Oct Andalucía Valderrama Masters Spain   Sergio García (14) 24 Last played in 2011
29 Oct WGC-HSBC Champions China   Justin Rose (9) 64 World Golf Championships
5 Nov Turkish Airlines Open Turkey   Justin Rose (10) 40 Rolex Series event
12 Nov Nedbank Golf Challenge South Africa   Branden Grace (8) 44 Rolex Series event
19 Nov DP World Tour Championship, Dubai United Arab Emirates   Jon Rahm (2) 50 Tour Championship; Rolex Series 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. ^ Tournament reduced to 54 holes.
  3. ^ Lucas Bjerregaard & 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, calculated in euro and converted into points (1 euro = 1 point). Earnings from tournaments awarding prize money in other currencies were converted at the exchange rate available the week of the event. The following table shows the final top-10 in the 2017 standings.[7][8]

Pos. Player Majors WGCs Rolex Series Top 10s in other ET events Tmts Points and money
Mas USO Opn PGA Mex MP Inv Cha BMW
PGA
Fra Ire Sco Ita Tur Ned Dub 1 2 3 4 Regular
points
Bonus
pool ($)
Total
points
1   Fleetwood CUT 4th T27 T61 2nd T39 T28 T20 CUT 1st T10 T6 T23 T10 T21 T3 1st 2nd T6 24 4,316,566 1,250,000 5,420,530
2   Rose 2nd CUT T54 CUT T38 T63 1st T12 T4 1st T4 12 4,252,135 750,000 4,921,062
3   Rahm T27 CUT T44 T58 T3 2nd T28 T36 T10 1st T15 1st 13 4,040,202 600,000 4,602,281
4   García 1st T21 T37 CUT T12 T30 T39 T30 T4 1st 1st 13 3,457,467 500,000 3,906,072
5   Hatton CUT CUT CUT CUT T10 T17 T36 T11 T30 CUT CUT CUT 1st T16 T19 T8 T3 T3 T8 1st 21 2,879,918 400,000 3,237,346
6   Fisher, R. T41 CUT T44 CUT T3 T5 T44 T58 T9 T7 T35 T2 T34 T17 T3 T6 2nd 23 2,631,633 350,000 2,942,728
7   Cabrera-Bello T42 T4 CUT T38 T17 72nd T5 CUT 1st T42 T21 2nd T6 T5 19 2,481,527 325,000 2,770,297
8   Norén CUT CUT T6 T67 T55 T5 T28 T31 1st T10 CUT T38 T12 T45 T6 20 2,218,368 300,000 2,483,867
9   Molinari, F. T33 CUT CUT T2 T20 T58 T24 T46 2nd T38 T6 T27 T17 13 2,037,707 275,000 2,282,706
10   Grace T27 T50 T6 CUT T32 T39 T28 T15 T9 T15 1st T31 15 2,030,137 250,000 2,252,135

AwardsEdit

Award Winner Country
European Tour Golfer of the Year Sergio García   Spain
The Seve Ballesteros Award Tommy Fleetwood   England
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Jon Rahm   Spain

Golfer of the MonthEdit

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

Month Player Country
January Graeme Storm   England
February Sergio García   Spain
March Shiv Chawrasia   India
April Sergio García   Spain
May Alex Norén   Sweden
June Renato Paratore   Italy
July Jon Rahm   Spain
August Julian Suri   United States
September Lucas Bjerregaard   Denmark
October Justin Rose   England

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "European Tour announces Rolex Series, overhaul of top events". ESPN. Associated Press. 15 November 2016.
  2. ^ "European Tour launches the Rolex Series". PGA European Tour. 15 November 2016.
  3. ^ "HNA Group named title sponsor of the Open de France". PGA European Tour. 9 January 2017.
  4. ^ "New Access List to go alongside European Tour's Race to Dubai". Sky Sports. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  5. ^ "2017 European Tour Schedule". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Events | European Tour | 2017". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Race to Dubai Rankings". PGA European Tour. 19 November 2017. Archived from the original on 23 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Race to Dubai Rankings 2017". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 15 February 2021.