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Changes from the previous seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

As announced in 2017, the US PGA Championship was moved from August to May, starting in 2019. The PGA of America cited the addition of golf to the Summer Olympics, as well as cooler weather enabling a wider array of options for host courses, as reasoning for the change. It was also believed that the PGA Tour wished to re-align its season so that its FedEx Cup Playoffs would not have to compete with the start of the American football season in late August.

Consequently, the European Tour moved the flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, from the congested May date to late September, four weeks after the end of the 2019 PGA Tour season. It was hoped the date would attract more top names.[1][2][3][4][5]

EventsEdit

New: Saudi International

New to European Tour: ISPS Handa Vic Open, Kenya Open

Rolex Series Events: Abu Dhabi Golf Championship replaces the Open de France

No longer part of the schedule: Joburg Open, Tshwane Open, Sicilian Open, Fiji International, Shot Clock Masters

RulesEdit

From January 1, 2019 onwards, tournaments followed the new rules released by the USGA and the R&A which were designed to speed up the pace of play. The most noticeable changes included golfers being able to putt on the green with the flag remaining in, and drops being made from knee rather than shoulder height.[6]

Changes to year end Rolex Series eventsEdit

The number of Race to Dubai points available in the last three events of the season has been increased, and the field size reduced. The aim is to make more players still have a chance of winning the Race to Dubai entering the final events. In additional, although the prize money has not been increased, the bonus pool of US$5m will now be split between the top five players rather than the top ten. The money saved from restricting field sizes will be used solely to increase the first prizes, which means that the tournaments will not have the standard prize fund distribution, and the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai will have the largest tournament first prize in golf of US$3m.[7]

ScheduleEdit

Official eventsEdit

The following table lists official events for 2018–19.[8]

The number in brackets after each winner's name is the number of European Tour events he had won up to and including that tournament. This information is only shown for European Tour members (including past members).

Date Tournament Host country Winner OWGR
points
Race to
Dubai points
Purse Co-sanction Notes
25 Nov Honma Hong Kong Open Hong Kong   Aaron Rai (1) 30 2,750 $2,000,000 ASA
2 Dec Australian PGA Championship Australia   Cameron Smith (n/a) 20 2,000 A$1,500,000 ANZ
2 Dec AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open Mauritius   Kurt Kitayama (1) 17 2,000 €1,000,000 AFR, ASA
9 Dec South African Open South Africa   Louis Oosthuizen (9) 32 2,000 R17,500,000 AFR, ASA Sunshine Tour Flagship event
16 Dec Alfred Dunhill Championship South Africa   David Lipsky (2) 23 2,750 €1,500,000 AFR
19 Jan Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship UAE   Shane Lowry (4) 48 7,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series
27 Jan Omega Dubai Desert Classic UAE   Bryson DeChambeau (1) 46 4,250 $3,250,000
3 Feb Saudi International Saudi Arabia   Dustin Johnson (n/a) 48 4,250 $3,500,000 New tournament
10 Feb ISPS Handa Vic Open Australia   David Law (1) 20 2,000 A$1,500,000 ANZ New to European Tour
17 Feb ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth Australia   Ryan Fox (1) 20 2,000 A$1,600,000 ANZ, ASA
24 Feb WGC-Mexico Championship Mexico   Dustin Johnson (n/a) 72 9,000 $10,250,000 World Golf Championships
3 Mar Oman Open Oman   Kurt Kitayama (2) 24 2,750 $1,750,000
10 Mar Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Qatar   Justin Harding (1) 24 2,750 $1,750,000
17 Mar Magical Kenya Open Kenya   Guido Migliozzi (1) 24 2,000 €1,100,000 New to European Tour
24 Mar Maybank Championship Malaysia   Scott Hend (3) 24 3,500 $3,000,000 ASA
31 Mar WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play United States   Kevin Kisner (1) 76 9,000 $10,250,000 World Golf Championships
31 Mar Hero Indian Open India   Stephen Gallacher (4) 19 2,750 $1,750,000 ASA
14 Apr Masters Tournament United States   Tiger Woods (n/a) 100 10,000 $11,000,000 Major championship
28 Apr Trophée Hassan II Morocco   Jorge Campillo (1) 24 3,500 €2,500,000
5 May Volvo China Open China   Mikko Korhonen (2) 24 3,500 ¥20,000,000 ASA
12 May Betfred British Masters England   Marcus Kinhult (1) 26 4,250 £3,000,000
19 May PGA Championship United States   Brooks Koepka (5) 100 10,000 $11,000,000 Major championship
26 May Made in Denmark Denmark   Bernd Wiesberger (5) 24 4,250 €3,000,000
2 Jun Belgian Knockout Belgium   Guido Migliozzi (2) 24 2,000 €1,000,000
16 Jun U.S. Open United States   Gary Woodland (n/a) 100 10,000 $12,500,000 Major championship
23 Jun BMW International Open Germany   Andrea Pavan (2) 26 2,750 €2,000,000
30 Jun Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters Spain   Christiaan Bezuidenhout (1) 24 4,250 €3,000,000
7 Jul Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Ireland   Jon Rahm (4) 42 7,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series
14 Jul Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open Scotland   Bernd Wiesberger (6) 48 7,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series
21 Jul The Open Championship Northern Ireland   Shane Lowry (5) 100 10,000 $10,750,000 Major championship
28 Jul WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational United States   Brooks Koepka (6) 72 9,000 $10,250,000 World Golf Championships
18 Aug D+D Real Czech Masters Czech Republic   Thomas Pieters (4) 24 2,000 €1,000,000
25 Aug Scandinavian Invitation Sweden   Erik van Rooyen (1) 24 2,750 €1,500,000
1 Sep Omega European Masters Switzerland   Sebastian Söderberg (1) 38 3,500 €2,500,000
8 Sep Porsche European Open Germany   Paul Casey (14) 26 2,750 €2,000,000
15 Sep KLM Open Netherlands   Sergio García (16) 24 2,750 €2,000,000
22 Sep BMW PGA Championship England   Danny Willett (7) 64 7,000 $7,000,000 Flagship event
Rolex Series
29 Sep Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Scotland   Victor Perez (1) 50 5,500 $5,000,000
6 Oct Mutuactivos Open de España Spain   Jon Rahm (5) 24 2,750 €1,500,000
13 Oct Italian Open Italy   Bernd Wiesberger (7) 44 7,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series
20 Oct Amundi Open de France France   Nicolas Colsaerts (3) 24 2,750 €1,600,000
27 Oct Portugal Masters Portugal   24 2,750 €2,000,000
3 Nov WGC-HSBC Champions China   9,000 $10,250,000 World Golf Championships
10 Nov Turkish Airlines Open Turkey   9,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series
17 Nov Nedbank Golf Challenge South Africa   10,000 $7,500,000 AFR Rolex Series
24 Nov DP World Tour Championship, Dubai UAE   12,000 $8,000,000 Tour Championship
Rolex Series

ASA = Asian Tour; ANZ = PGA Tour of Australasia; AFR = Sunshine Tour

Unofficial eventEdit

The following team event appears on the schedule, but does not carry official money.

Date Tournament Host country Winner
8 Jun GolfSixes Cascais Portugal   Thailand (Thongchai Jaidee & Phachara Khongwatmai)

Location of tournamentsEdit

Race to Dubai points leadersEdit

Race to Dubai standing of leading players (after completion of Open de France)

Pos. Player Majors World Golf Ch. Rolex Series Top 10s in other ET events Total
pts
Tmts Money
(€m)
Bonus
($m)
Mas PGA USO Opn Mex MP Inv Cha Abu Ire Sco PGA Ita Tur Ned Dub 1 2 3 4 5 6
1   Bernd Wiesberger A
0
A
0
76th
17
T32
76
A
0
A
0
A
0
T42
41
T2
609
1st
1165
T17
89
1st
1165
1st
710
8th
50
5th
116
4,198 26
2   Jon Rahm T9
202
CUT
0
T3
475
T11
163
T45
49
T24
79
7th
270
A
0
1st
1165
A
0
2nd
780
A
0
T2
256
1st
460
3,898 12
3   Shane Lowry CUT
0
T8
198
T28
94
1st
1665
T62
24
T24
79
A
0
1st
1165
T34
52
A
0
T11
120
CUT
0
3,536 12
4   Matthew Fitzpatrick T21
107
T41
60
T12
162
T20
107
T19
82
T24
25
T4
382
A
0
A
0
T14
97
T46
36
2nd
780
2nd
305
2nd
305
2nd
305
2,866 17
5   Matt Wallace CUT
0
T3
517
T12
162
T51
41
T33
72
T40
48
T27
76
T16
89
T55
24
T14
96
T41
43
T7
180
2nd
472
T2
317
T3
105
3rd
172
2,570 23
6   Tommy Fleetwood T36
73
T48
47
T65
25
2nd
1113
T19
104
T24
78
T4
382
T42
41
T23
75
A
0
T60
20
A
0
T8
81
T8
75
T5
170
2,380 16
7   Robert Macintyre A
0
A
0
A
0
T6
281
A
0
A
0
A
0
T63
19
T41
43
CUT
0
T28
65
T4
297
T2
317
2nd
472
T2
205
1,983 27
8   Erik van Rooyen A
0
T8
198
T43
61
T20
107
T36
67
A
0
A
0
T32
53
CUT
0
T14
97
T14
103
T10
122
T2
122
T6
77
T2
261
T5
62
1st
460
1,979 25
9   Danny Willett CUT
0
T41
60
T12
162
T6
281
T27
82
A
0
T48
45
A
0
CUT
0
A
0
1st
1165
T18
83
1,929 11
10   Christiaan Bezuidenhout A
0
A
0
A
0
CUT
0
A
0
A
0
A
0
CUT
0
CUT
0
T34
50
3rd
438
WD
0
T2
122
T9
40
T4
126
T3
105
1st
710
1,797 26

Note: Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland are not European Tour members. Kevin Kisner joined the European Tour after the WGC Match Play, but forfeited his membership in mid-September.

Source:[9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Shedloski, Dave (7 August 2017). "The PGA Championship is moving to May and players are on board". Golf Digest. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  3. ^ "P.G.A. Championship Will Move from August to May in 2019". The New York Times. Reuters. 8 August 2017. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  4. ^ Herrington, Ryan (7 August 2017). "The PGA Championship will be moving to May, sources say". Golf Digest. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  5. ^ Gray, Will (29 October 2018). "Lots of change to 2019 European Tour schedule". Golf Channel. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  6. ^ Herrington, Ryan (3 December 2018). "Nine changes in the new Rules of Golf you absolutely need to know for 2019". Golf Digest. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  7. ^ "End of season changes". European Tour. 12 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  8. ^ "2019 European Tour Schedule". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Race To Dubai Rankings". European Tour. Retrieved 27 January 2019.