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

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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 it's 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 is hoped the date will 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 ZAR17,500,000 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 CNY20,000,000 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   26 2,750 €2,000,000
30 Jun Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters Spain   4,250 €3,000,000
7 Jul Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Ireland   7,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series
14 Jul Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open Scotland   7,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series
21 Jul The Open Championship Northern Ireland   100 10,000 $10,500,000 Major championship
28 Jul WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational United States   9,000 $10,250,000 World Golf Championships
18 Aug D+D Real Czech Masters Czech Republic   2,000 €1,000,000
25 Aug Scandinavian Invitation Sweden   2,750 €1,500,000
1 Sep Omega European Masters Switzerland   3,500 €2,500,000
8 Sep Porsche European Open Germany   2,750 €2,000,000
15 Sep KLM Open Netherlands   2,750 €2,000,000
22 Sep BMW PGA Championship England   64 7,000 $7,000,000 Flagship event
Rolex Series
29 Sep Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Scotland   5,500 $5,000,000
6 Oct Open de España Spain   2,750 €1,500,000
13 Oct Italian Open Italy   7,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series
20 Oct Open de France France   (TBD) (TBD)
27 Oct Portugal Masters Portugal   2,750 €2,000,000
3 Nov WGC-HSBC Champions China   9,000 (TBD) 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 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 correct as at 2 June 2019 (after completion of the Belgian Knockout)

Pos. Player Majors World Golf Ch. Rolex Series Top 10s in other Eur. Tour 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 7 8
1   Matt Wallace CUT
0
T3
517
T12
162
T33
72
T40
48
T16
89
2nd
472
T2
317
1,761 12 1.55
2   Kevin Kisner T21
107
CUT
0
T49
52
T27
(82)
1st
1500
A
0
1,658 5 1.75
3   Shane Lowry CUT
0
T8
198
T28
94
T62
24
T24
79
1st
1165
1,628 7 1.51
4   Xander Schauffele T2
747
T16
125
T3
475
T14
132
T24
79
A
0
1,558 5 1.59
5   Louis Oosthuizen T29
90
T60
28
T7
275
T25
93
T5
298
4th
350
1st
335
T7
76
1,545 8 1.30
6   Jorge Campillo A
0
CUT
0
A
0
A
0
A
0
T54
23
T2
183
T2
122
3rd
172
1st
585
3rd
218
1,397 13 0.94
7   Justin Harding T12
155
T54
35
CUT
0
A
0
T17
109
A
0
4th
100
T7
98
4th
100
1st
460
T2
149
1,338 14 0.91
8   Ian Poulter T12
155
CUT
0
CUT
0
T3
465
T17
109
T6
210
T3
202
T6
112
1,253 8 1.12
9   Francesco Molinari T5
331
T48
47
T16
135
T17
119
3rd
565
A
0
1,197 5 1.27
10   Li Haotong T43
64
T36
72
T52
43
T19
104
T9
155
CUT
0
2nd
472
4th
175
1,152 9 0.86

Note1: Kevin Kisner only joined the European Tour after his WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play win. Any points earned prior to this event are not eligible for the 2019 Race to Dubai standings.

Note2: Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy are not European Tour members.

Ref:[9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Harig, Bob (August 10, 2017). "PGA Championship to move from August date to May in 2019". ESPN. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  2. ^ Shedloski, Dave (August 7, 2017). "The PGA Championship is moving to May and players are on board". Golf Digest. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "P.G.A. Championship Will Move from August to May in 2019". The New York Times. Reuters. August 8, 2017. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Herrington, Ryan (August 7, 2017). "The PGA Championship will be moving to May, sources say". Golf Digest. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  5. ^ Gray, Will. "Lots of change to 2019 European Tour schedule". golfchannel.com. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  6. ^ Herrington, Ryan (December 3, 2018). "Nine changes in the new Rules of Golf you absolutely need to know for 2019". Golf Digest. Retrieved February 4, 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.