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:
Spain Sergio García
Race to DubaiEngland Tommy Fleetwood
Golfer of the YearSpain Sergio García
Seve Ballesteros AwardEngland Tommy Fleetwood
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the YearSpain Jon 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 following table lists official events during the 2017 season.[5]

Date Tournament Host country Purse Winner[a] OWGR
points
Other
tours[b]
Notes
4 Dec Australian PGA Championship Australia A$1,500,000   Harold Varner III (1) 22 ANZ
4 Dec Alfred Dunhill Championship South Africa €1,200,000   Brandon Stone (2) 32 AFR[c]
11 Dec UBS Hong Kong Open Hong Kong US$2,000,000   Sam Brazel (1) 32 ASA
15 Jan BMW SA Open South Africa R15,000,000   Graeme Storm (2) 26 AFR
22 Jan Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship UAE US$2,700,000   Tommy Fleetwood (2) 50
29 Jan Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Qatar US$2,500,000   Wang Jeung-hun (3) 32
5 Feb Omega Dubai Desert Classic UAE US$2,650,000   Sergio García (12) 46
12 Feb Maybank Championship Malaysia US$3,000,000   Fabrizio Zanotti (2) 36 ASA
19 Feb ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth Australia A$1,750,000   Brett Rumford (6) 23 ANZ, ASA
26 Feb Joburg Open South Africa R16,500,000   Darren Fichardt (5) 19 AFR
5 Mar Tshwane Open South Africa R16,500,000   Dean Burmester (1) 19 AFR
5 Mar WGC-Mexico Championship Mexico US$9,750,000   Dustin Johnson (n/a) 76 World Golf Championship
12 Mar Hero Indian Open India US$1,750,000   Shiv Chawrasia (4) 21 ASA
26 Mar WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play United States US$9,750,000   Dustin Johnson (n/a) 74 World Golf Championship
9 Apr Masters Tournament United States US$11,000,000   Sergio García (13) 100 Major championship
16 Apr Trophée Hassan II Morocco €2,500,000   Edoardo Molinari (3) 24
23 Apr Shenzhen International China US$2,800,000   Bernd Wiesberger (4) 26
30 Apr Volvo China Open China CN¥20,000,000   Alexander Lévy (4) 24 ONE
14 May Open de Portugal Portugal €500,000   Matt Wallace (1) 18 CHA
21 May Rocco Forte Open Italy €1,000,000   Álvaro Quirós (7) 24
28 May BMW PGA Championship England US$7,000,000   Alex Norén (9) 64 Flagship event
Rolex Series
4 Jun Nordea Masters Sweden €1,500,000   Renato Paratore (1) 32
11 Jun Lyoness Open Austria €1,000,000   Dylan Frittelli (1) 24
18 Jun U.S. Open United States US$12,000,000   Brooks Koepka (2) 100 Major championship
25 Jun BMW International Open Germany €2,000,000   Andrés Romero (2) 32
2 Jul HNA Open de France France US$7,000,000   Tommy Fleetwood (3) 46 Rolex Series
9 Jul Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Northern Ireland US$7,000,000   Jon Rahm (1) 48 Rolex Series
16 Jul Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Scotland US$7,000,000   Rafa Cabrera-Bello (3) 50 Rolex Series
23 Jul The Open Championship England US$10,250,000   Jordan Spieth (n/a) 100 Major championship
30 Jul Porsche European Open Germany €2,000,000   Jordan Smith (1) 24
6 Aug WGC-Bridgestone Invitational United States US$9,750,000   Hideki Matsuyama (n/a) 76 World Golf Championship
13 Aug PGA Championship United States US$10,500,000   Justin Thomas (1) 100 Major championship
20 Aug Fiji International Fiji A$1,500,000   Jason Norris (1) 15 ANZ, ASA
20 Aug Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play Germany €1,000,000   Adrián Otaegui (1) 24 Limited-field event
27 Aug Made in Denmark Denmark €1,800,000   Julian Suri (1) 24
3 Sep D+D Real Czech Masters Czech Republic €1,000,000   Haydn Porteous (2) 24
10 Sep Omega European Masters Switzerland €2,700,000   Matt Fitzpatrick (4) 32 ASA
17 Sep KLM Open Netherlands €1,800,000   Romain Wattel (1) 24
24 Sep Portugal Masters Portugal €2,000,000   Lucas Bjerregaard (1) 24
1 Oct British Masters England £3,000,000   Paul Dunne (1) 38
8 Oct Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Scotland US$5,000,000   Tyrrell Hatton (2) 34 Pro-Am
15 Oct Italian Open Italy US$7,000,000   Tyrrell Hatton (3) 42 Rolex Series
22 Oct Andalucía Valderrama Masters Spain €2,000,000   Sergio García (14) 24
29 Oct WGC-HSBC Champions China US$9,750,000   Justin Rose (9) 64 World Golf Championship
5 Nov Turkish Airlines Open Turkey US$7,000,000   Justin Rose (10) 40 Rolex Series
Limited-field event
12 Nov Nedbank Golf Challenge South Africa US$7,500,000   Branden Grace (8) 44 Rolex Series
Limited-field event
19 Nov DP World Tour Championship, Dubai UAE US$8,000,000   Jon Rahm (2) 50 Tour Championship
Rolex Series

Unofficial eventsEdit

The following events were sanctioned by the European Tour, but did not carry official money, nor were wins official.

Date Tournament Host country Purse Winners OWGR
points
Notes
7 May GolfSixes England €1,000,000   Lucas Bjerregaard and
  Thorbjørn Olesen
n/a New tournament

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.

Final top 10 players in the Race to Dubai standings:[6][7]

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 DPW
TC
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   R. Fisher 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   F. Molinari 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
European Tour Golfer of the Year   Sergio García
The Seve Ballesteros Award   Tommy Fleetwood
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year   Jon Rahm

Golfer of the MonthEdit

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

Month Player
January   Graeme Storm
February   Sergio García
March   Shiv Chawrasia
April   Sergio García
May   Alex Norén
June   Renato Paratore
July   Jon Rahm
August   Julian Suri
September   Lucas Bjerregaard
October   Justin Rose

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  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, with earlier editions having retrospectively been recognised as official tour wins. Victories in "Approved Special Events" are not recognised as official tour wins.
  2. ^ AFR − Sunshine Tour; ANZ − PGA Tour of Australasia; ASA − Asian Tour; CHA − Challenge Tour; ONE − OneAsia Tour.
  3. ^ Sunshine Tour flagship event

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. ^ "Race to Dubai Rankings". PGA European Tour. 19 November 2017. Archived from the original on 23 November 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Race to Dubai Rankings 2017". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 15 February 2021.