2019 European Tour

The 2019 European Tour was the 48th season of golf tournaments since the European Tour officially began in 1972 and the 11th edition of the Race to Dubai.

2019 European Tour season
Duration22 November 2018 (2018-11-22) – 24 November 2019 (2019-11-24)
Number of official events46
Most wins3 – Jon Rahm, Bernd Wiesberger
Race to DubaiJon Rahm
Golfer of the YearJon Rahm
Seve Ballesteros AwardJon Rahm
Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the yearRobert MacIntyre
2018
2020

The Race to Dubai was won by Spain's Jon Rahm, who was also named Golfer of the Year. Scotland's Robert MacIntyre was the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year.

Changes from the previous seasonEdit

Rule changesEdit

From January 1, 2019 onwards, tournaments followed the new rules released by the USGA and the R&A which were designed to simplify the rule book and 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.[1]

Scheduling changesEdit

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 NFL season in early September, since both United States broadcast partners (CBS and NBC) are NFL broadcast partners.

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.[2][3][4][5][6]

Changes to the Race to DubaiEdit

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

Tournament changesEdit

ScheduleEdit

The following table lists all tournaments on the 2019 European Tour schedule.[8]

Date Tournament Host country Winner[a] OWGR
points[9]
Race to
Dubai points
Purse Other
tours[b]
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
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 event
27 Jan Omega Dubai Desert Classic UAE   Bryson DeChambeau (n/a) 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; held concurrently with the Women's Victorian Open
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 (n/a) 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
8 Jun GolfSixes Cascais Portugal   Thailand[c] n/a n/a €1,000,000 Approved special event[a]
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 event
14 Jul Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open Scotland   Bernd Wiesberger (6) 48 7,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series event
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 event
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 event
20 Oct Amundi Open de France France   Nicolas Colsaerts (3) 24 2,750 €1,600,000
27 Oct Portugal Masters Portugal   Steven Brown (1) 24 2,750 €1,500,000
3 Nov WGC-HSBC Champions China   Rory McIlroy (14) 60 9,000 $10,250,000 World Golf Championships
10 Nov Turkish Airlines Open Turkey   Tyrrell Hatton (4) 42 9,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series event
17 Nov Nedbank Golf Challenge South Africa   Tommy Fleetwood (5) 36 10,000 $7,500,000 AFR Rolex Series event
24 Nov DP World Tour Championship, Dubai UAE   Jon Rahm (6) 52 12,000 $8,000,000 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. ^ Several tournaments are hosted under co-sanctioning agreements with other tours: ASA – Asian Tour; ANZ – PGA Tour of Australasia; AFR – Sunshine Tour
  3. ^ Thongchai Jaidee & Phachara Khongwatmai

Location of tournamentsEdit

Race to Dubai points leadersEdit

Final Race to Dubai standings of top 10 players

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
1   Jon Rahm T9
202
CUT
0
T3
475
T11
163
T45
49
T24
79
7th
270
A
0
A
0
1st
1165
A
0
2nd
780
A
0
A
0
A
0
1st
2000
T2
256
1st
460
5,898 13 6.2 2.0
2   Tommy Fleetwood T36
73
T48
47
T65
25
2nd
1113
T19
104
T24
78
T4
382
T53
35
T42
41
T23
75
A
0
T60
20
A
0
A
0
1st
1665
2nd
1335
T8
81
T8
75
T5
170
5,415 18 5.2 1.2
3   Bernd Wiesberger A
0
A
0
76th
17
T32
76
A
0
A
0
A
0
T49
42
T42
41
T2
609
1st
1165
T17
89
1st
1165
49th
45
T3
517
T28
104
1st
710
8th
50
5th
116
4,906 29 4.0 0.7
4   Shane Lowry CUT
0
T8
198
T28
94
1st
1665
T62
24
T24
79
A
0
T43
54
1st
1165
T34
52
A
0
T11
120
CUT
0
62nd
24
A
0
T12
200
3,614 14 3.6 0.6
5   Matthew Fitzpatrick T21
107
T41
60
T12
162
T20
107
T19
82
T24
25
T4
382
7th
270
A
0
A
0
T14
97
T46
36
2nd
780
A
0
T10
185
9th
267
2nd
305
2nd
305
2nd
305
3,588 20 2.8 0.5
6   Rory McIlroy T21
107
T8
198
T9
202
CUT
0
2nd
1000
T9
155
T4
382
1st
1500
A
0
A
0
T34
50
T9
148
A
0
A
0
A
0
4th
600
T2
233
3,364 13 3.1
7   Matt Wallace CUT
0
T3
517
T12
162
T51
41
T33
72
T40
48
T27
76
T60
25
T16
89
T55
24
T14
96
T41
43
T7
180
50th
41
T44
57
T28
104
2nd
472
T2
317
T3
105
3rd
172
T8
55
2,851 27 2.4
8   Louis Oosthuizen T29
90
T60
28
T7
275
T20
106
T25
93
T5
298
T20
104
3rd
565
4th
350
T46
37
A
0
A
0
A
0
A
0
T6
325
T20
131
1st
335
T7
76
2,814 14 2.3
9   Tyrrell Hatton T56
41
T48
47
T21
111
T6
281
T19
104
T9
155
T43
52
T14
143
CUT
0
CUT
0
T14
97
CUT
0
T18
83
1st
1500
A
0
46th
67
2,799 18 2.9
10   Erik van Rooyen A
0
T8
198
T43
61
T20
107
T36
67
A
0
A
0
T38
61
T32
53
CUT
0
T14
97
T14
103
T10
122
T2
542
T30
80
T28
104
T2
122
T6
77
T2
261
T5
62
1st
460
2,766 29 2.0

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.

Note2: Rory McIlroy was not a European Tour member during the WGC-Mexico Championship, WGC-Match Play, and The Masters. Points earned in these events do not count towards the Race to Dubai.

Source:[10]

AwardsEdit

Award Winner Country
European Tour Golfer of the Year Jon Rahm   Spain
The Seve Ballesteros Award Jon Rahm   Spain
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Robert MacIntyre   Scotland

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Harig, Bob (10 August 2017). "PGA Championship to move from August date to May in 2019". ESPN. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  3. ^ Shedloski, Dave (7 August 2017). "The PGA Championship is moving to May and players are on board". Golf Digest. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ Herrington, Ryan (7 August 2017). "The PGA Championship will be moving to May, sources say". Golf Digest. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  6. ^ Gray, Will (29 October 2018). "Lots of change to 2019 European Tour schedule". Golf Channel. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  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. ^ "Events | European Tour | 2019". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Race To Dubai Rankings". European Tour. Retrieved 27 January 2019.