2020 European Tour

The 2020 European Tour is the 49th season of golf tournaments since the European Tour officially began in 1972 and the 12th edition of the Race to Dubai.

2020 European Tour season
Duration28 November 2019 (2019-11-28) – 13 December 2020 (2020-12-13)
Number of official events38 (22 postponed or cancelled)
Most wins2 – Christiaan Bezuidenhout, John Catlin, Rasmus Højgaard, Sam Horsfield
Race to DubaiLee Westwood
Golfer of the YearLee Westwood
Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the yearSami Välimäki
2019
2021

The COVID-19 pandemic had a major impact on the season, with many tournaments being rescheduled or cancelled. All four major championships were affected; The Open Championship was cancelled, and the Masters Tournament, U.S. Open and PGA Championship were moved to dates much later in the year.

After a three-month hiatus following the Qatar Masters in early March, the tour resumed with a much changed schedule in July. Two dual-ranking events in Austria were followed by six-tournament stretch in the United Kingdom and three tournaments in Spain and Portugal, with the rescheduled major events starting in late September.

On 13 August, it was announced that Alexander Lévy had become the first European Tour player to return a positive test for COVID-19. He and Romain Wattel, who had been in close contact with Lévy, were withdrawn from the field for the Celtic Classic.[1]

The Race to Dubai was won by Lee Westwood for the third time. He was also named Golfer of the Year for the fourth time,[2] with Sami Välimäki named Rookie of the Year.[3]

Planned changes from previous seasonEdit

Rule changesEdit

In order to combat slow play, from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship onwards, regulations were introduced whereby a player would receive a one-stroke penalty for two bad times during a tournament.[4]

Scheduling changesEdit

With the addition of golf at the Olympic Games to the schedule in 2020, the Irish Open was moved to May from its previous date in July in order to avoid a clash with the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, which had already been moved to avoid the Olympics. The Open de France was then scheduled opposite the WGC Invitational, and the British Masters was scheduled opposite the Olympics.[5]

Tournament changesEdit

ScheduleEdit

In-season changesEdit

Due to the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests, the Honma Hong Kong Open, originally scheduled for 28 November – 1 December 2019 as a co-sanctioned event with the Asian Tour, was rescheduled for 9–12 January 2020 as an Asian Tour event without European Tour sanctioning.[6][7]

The remainder of the schedule was severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Official eventsEdit

The following table lists official events for 2019–20.[48]

Date
(R4)
Tournament Host country Winner[a] OWGR
points[b]
R2D
points
Purse Other
tours[c]
Notes
1 Dec Hong Kong Open Hong Kong Postponed[d] ASA
1 Dec Alfred Dunhill Championship South Africa   Pablo Larrazábal (5) 19 2,750 €1,500,000 AFR
8 Dec AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open Mauritius   Rasmus Højgaard (1) 17 2,000 €1,000,000 AFR, ASA
22 Dec Australian PGA Championship Australia   Adam Scott (11) 20 2,000 A$1,500,000 ANZ
12 Jan South African Open South Africa   Branden Grace (9) 32 2,000 ZAR17,500,000 AFR[e]
19 Jan Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship UAE   Lee Westwood (25) 50 7,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series event
26 Jan Omega Dubai Desert Classic UAE   Lucas Herbert (1) 48 4,250 $3,250,000
2 Feb Saudi International Saudi Arabia   Graeme McDowell (11) 48 4,250 $3,500,000
9 Feb ISPS Handa Vic Open Australia   Min Woo Lee (1) 20 2,000 A$1,600,000 ANZ
23 Feb WGC-Mexico Championship Mexico   Patrick Reed (3) 70 9,000 $10,500,000 World Golf Championships
1 Mar Oman Open Oman   Sami Välimäki (1) 24 2,750 $1,750,000
8 Mar Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Qatar   Jorge Campillo (2) 24 2,750 $1,750,000
22 Mar[f] Hero Indian Open India Cancelled ASA
29 Mar[g] WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play United States Cancelled World Golf Championships
19 Apr[f] Maybank Championship Malaysia Cancelled ASA
26 Apr Volvo China Open China Postponed[h] ASA
24 May[f] Made in Denmark Denmark Cancelled
7 Jun[f] Trophée Hassan II Morocco Cancelled
14 Jun[g] Scandinavian Mixed Sweden Cancelled LET Field of 78 men and 78 women[i]
28 Jun[g] BMW International Open Germany Cancelled
5 Jul[g] Open de France France Cancelled
12 Jul Austrian Open[j] Austria   Marc Warren (4) 18 1,000 €500,000 CHA Not played since 2018
18 Jul Euram Bank Open[j] Austria   Joël Stalter (1) 18 1,000 €500,000 CHA New to European Tour
19 Jul[g] The Open Championship England Cancelled Major championship
25 Jul
2 Aug[k]
Betfred British Masters England   Renato Paratore (2) 24 2,000 €1,250,000
2 Aug Hero Open[j] England   Sam Horsfield (1) 24 2,000 €1,000,000 Not played since 2002
2 Aug
5 Jul[k]
WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational United States   Justin Thomas (3) 76 9,000 $10,500,000 World Golf Championships
9 Aug English Championship[j] England   Andy Sullivan (4) 24 2,000 €1,000,000 New tournament
9 Aug
17 May[k]
PGA Championship United States   Collin Morikawa (1) 100 10,000 $11,000,000 Major championship
16 Aug Celtic Classic[j] Wales   Sam Horsfield (2) 24 2,000 €1,000,000 New tournament
23 Aug ISPS Handa Wales Open[j] Wales   Romain Langasque (1) 24 2,000 €1,000,000 Not played since 2014
23 Aug[g] D+D Real Czech Masters Czech Republic Cancelled
30 Aug ISPS Handa UK Championship[j] England   Rasmus Højgaard (2) 24 2,000 €1,000,000 New tournament
30 Aug[g] Omega European Masters Switzerland Cancelled
6 Sep
3 May[k]
Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters Spain   John Catlin (1) 24 2,000 €1,250,000
6 Sep[g] Porsche European Open Germany Cancelled
13 Sep
25 Oct[k]
Portugal Masters Portugal   George Coetzee (5) 24 2,000 €1,000,000
20 Sep
21 Jun[k]
U.S. Open United States   Bryson DeChambeau (2) 100 10,000 $12,500,000 Major championship
20 Sep[g] KLM Open Netherlands Cancelled
20 Sep Open de Portugal[j] Portugal   Garrick Higgo (1) 18 1,000 €500,000 CHA Last played on the European Tour in 2017
27 Sep
31 May[k]
Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Northern Ireland   John Catlin (2) 24 2,000 €1,250,000 Rolex Series event[l]
4 Oct
11 Oct[k]
12 Jul
Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open Scotland   Aaron Rai (2) 36 7,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series event
4 Oct[g] Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Scotland Cancelled
11 Oct
18 Oct[k]
13 Sep
BMW PGA Championship England   Tyrrell Hatton (5) 64 7,000 $7,000,000 Flagship event; Rolex Series event
18 Oct[g] Mutuactivos Open de España Spain Cancelled
18 Oct Scottish Championship[j] Scotland   Adrián Otaegui (3) 24 2,000 €1,000,000 New tournament
25 Oct
11 Oct[k]
Italian Open Italy   Ross McGowan (2) 24 2,000 €1,000,000 Rolex Series event[l]
1 Nov[g] WGC-HSBC Champions China Cancelled World Golf Championships
1 Nov Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open[j] Cyprus   Callum Shinkwin (1) 24 2,000 €1,000,000 New tournament
8 Nov[g] Turkish Airlines Open Turkey Cancelled Rolex Series event
8 Nov Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown[j] Cyprus   Robert MacIntyre (1) 24 2,000 €1,000,000 New tournament
15 Nov
12 Apr[k]
Masters Tournament United States   Dustin Johnson (n/a) 100 10,000 $11,500,000 Major championship
15 Nov[g]
15 Mar
Magical Kenya Open Kenya Cancelled
22 Nov Joburg Open[j] South Africa   Joachim B. Hansen (1) 19 2,000 ZAR19,500,000 AFR Last played in 2017
29 Nov Alfred Dunhill Championship[j] South Africa   Christiaan Bezuidenhout (2) 32 2,750 ZAR29,000,000 AFR[e]
5 Dec Golf in Dubai Championship[j] UAE   Antoine Rozner (1) 24 2,000 $1,200,000
6 Dec[g]
15 Nov
Nedbank Golf Challenge South Africa Cancelled AFR Rolex Series event
6 Dec[f] Australian PGA Championship Australia Cancelled ANZ
6 Dec South African Open[j] South Africa   Christiaan Bezuidenhout (3) 19 2,000 ZAR19,500,000 AFR
13 Dec
22 Nov[k]
DP World Tour Championship, Dubai UAE   Matthew Fitzpatrick (6) 46 12,000 $8,000,000 Tour Championship; Rolex Series event
  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. ^ Except for the major championships, which have fixed points allocations, points listed for tournaments that have not been completed are official projections based on the expected field and/or minimum points allocations. Final allocations are usually published the day after completion of all tournaments eligible for ranking points that week.[49]
  3. ^ Several tournaments are hosted under co-sanctioning agreements with other tours: ASA – Asian Tour; ANZ – PGA Tour of Australasia; AFR – Sunshine Tour; CHA – Challenge Tour (dual-ranking); LET – Ladies European Tour
  4. ^ Postponed due to protest violence;[6] rescheduled to January 2020 without European Tour co-sanctioning.[7]
  5. ^ a b Sunshine Tour flagship event
  6. ^ a b c d e Initially postponed and then later cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  8. ^ Originally postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic; rescheduled to December 2020 as a China Tour event.[50]
  9. ^ Ranking points based on finish among men's field only.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Tournament added to the schedule as part of changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  12. ^ a b Tournament had its status as a Rolex Series event removed following rescheduling with reduced prize money.

Unofficial eventsEdit

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

Date Tournament Host country Winner OWGR
points
Notes
10 May GolfSixes Cascais Portugal Cancelled n/a Sixteen 2-man teams
Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2 Aug Olympic men's golf competition Japan Postponed 60-player field
Postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic
27 Sep Ryder Cup United States Postponed n/a Two 12-man teams
Postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic

Location of tournamentsEdit

The tournament locations below represent the original schedule, before any changes due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Race to Dubai points leadersEdit

Final top 10 players in the Race to Dubai standings:[51]

Pos. Player Majors World Golf C'ships Rolex Series Top 10s in other ET events Total
pts
Tmts Money
Opn PGA USO Mas Mex MP Inv Cha Abu Sco BMW Tur Ned Dub 1 2 3 Regular
(€m)
Bonus
($k)[52]
1   Lee Westwood C
A
N
C
E
L
L
E
D
T13
151
T38
69
T22
99
C
A
N
C
E
L
L
E
D
C
A
N
C
E
L
L
E
D
1st
1165
T19
80
T18
88
C
A
N
C
E
L
L
E
D
C
A
N
C
E
L
L
E
D
2nd
1335
T10
33
3,128 15 2.3 500
2   Matthew Fitzpatrick CUT
0
CUT
0
T46
54
T37
63
T6
226
T2
523
T42
41
T7
180
1st
2000



3,110 10 3.5 300
3   Patrick Reed T13
151
T13
151
T10
185
1st
1500
T47
48
T3
394
T3
676
3,104 8 3.0 200
4   Tommy Fleetwood T29
89
CUT
0
T19
119
T18
110
T35
63
T2
523
2nd
780
T13
103
T10
215
T3
113
2,183 11 1.7 150
5   Collin Morikawa 1st
1665
CUT
0
T44
61
T42
53
T20
103
T10
215
2,097 6 1.9 100
6   Victor Perez T22
105
CUT
0
T46
54
T53
34
T65
22
T2
523
T14
99
2nd
780
7th
359
2,073 14 1.6
7   Christiaan Bezuidenhout CUT
0
55th
40
T38
69
T29
75
T20
103
T59
21
CUT
0
T40
46
T14
157
2nd
472
1st
460
1st
335
1,875 17 1.1
8   Aaron Rai CUT
0
1st
1165
CUT
0
T51
53
T10
35
2nd
222
3rd
125
1,741 17 1.3
9   Tyrrell Hatton CUT
0
CUT
0
CUT
0
T6
270
T69
18
1st
1165
T8
284
1,737 7 1.4
10   Louis Oosthuizen T33
79
3rd
627
T23
110
T51
41
T6
226
5th
297
2nd
222

1,646 8 1.6

UK Swing Order of MeritEdit

With the return of the European Tour after the COVID-19 hiatus and as part of the new Golf for Good initiative – which underpinned all events for the remainder of the 2020 season – a mini Order of Merit ran for all six events in the "UK Swing", with the top ten players sharing an additional £250,000 to donate to charities of their choice.[53] The top ten, not otherwise exempt, from the standings of the UK Swing Order of Merit after the first five events received entry into the 2020 U.S. Open.[54]

Final UK Swing Order of Merit standings.[53]

Place Player Event Total pts Tmts Donation
(£)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1   Rasmus Højgaard 2nd
222
T6
56
3rd
125
1st
335
738 4 60,000
2   Sam Horsfield T10
36
1st
335
CUT
0
1st
335
T44
10
716 5 50,000
3   Andy Sullivan T4
85
T41
12
1st
335
T47
9
T9
42
483 5 40,000
4   Thomas Detry CUT
0
2nd
222
T56
7
2nd
222
451 4 30,000
5   Renato Paratore 1st
335
T28
18
T34
14
CUT
0
T27
17
384 5 20,000
6   Romain Langasque T53
7
T57
6
T26
18
1st
335
CUT
0
367 5 10,000
7   Sami Välimäki CUT
0
T6
56
2nd
222
278 3
8   Adrián Otaegui T35
15
CUT
0
2nd
222
T14
27
T37
14
277 5
9   Justin Walters CUT
0
CUT
0
CUT
0
T39
13
CUT
0
2nd
222
235 6
10   Matthew Jordan T17
25
CUT
0
CUT
0
T47
9
T3
113
T19
23
170 6

The leading players in the points standings following the ISPS Handa Wales Open, who qualified for 2020 U.S. Open, were as follows:

AwardsEdit

Award Winner Country Ref
European Tour Golfer of the Year Lee Westwood   England [2]
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Sami Välimäki   Finland [3]

See alsoEdit

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