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.

New tour formatEdit

The European Tour will add a new Rolex Series, a select group of tournaments with a minimum purse of US$7 million. Seven tournaments were initially announced: the BMW PGA Championship, Irish Open, Scottish Open, Italian Open, Turkish Airlines Open, Nedbank Golf Challenge and DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.[1][2] The Open de France was later announced as the eighth.[3]

In addition, the European Tour will create an Access List, a season earning list excluding the Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, the four World Golf Championships and the Rolex Series. The top three players in the provisional Access List will be invited to certain Rolex Series events. Also, the top 10 players in the Access List final standings will keep their European Tour cards for the next season.[1] Meanwhile, the top 100 players in the Race to Dubai final standings will be given membership cards, instead of 110.[4]

ScheduleEdit

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

Date Tournament Host country Winner OWGR
points
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 Asian Tour
26 Feb Joburg Open South Africa   Darren Fichardt (5) 19 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
Shortened to 54 holes
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
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
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
9 Jul Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Northern Ireland   Jon Rahm (1) 48 Rolex Series
16 Jul Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Scotland   Rafael Cabrera-Bello (3) 50 Rolex Series
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 (n/a) 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
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
12 Nov Nedbank Golf Challenge South Africa   Branden Grace (8) 44 Rolex Series
19 Nov DP World Tour Championship, Dubai United Arab Emirates   Jon Rahm (2) 50 Championship / Rolex Series

Unofficial eventsEdit

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

Date Tournament Host country Winner
7 May GolfSixes England   Denmark
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 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 2017 standings (earnings converted to points).[6]

Rank Player Country Events Points
1 Tommy Fleetwood   England 24 5,420,530
2 Justin Rose   England 12 4,921,062
3 Jon Rahm   Spain 13 4,602,281
4 Sergio García   Spain 13 3,906,072
5 Tyrrell Hatton   England 21 3,237,346
6 Ross Fisher   England 23 2,942,728
7 Rafael Cabrera-Bello   Spain 19 2,770,297
8 Alex Norén   Sweden 20 2,483,867
9 Francesco Molinari   Italy 13 2,282,706
10 Branden Grace   South Africa 15 2,252,135
  • 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 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 reward all European Tour members". PGA European Tour. 15 November 2016.
  5. ^ "2017 European Tour Schedule". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  6. ^ "The Race Is On". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 20 November 2017.