Euro Tour adds three events to 2011 schedule
Monday, November 29, 2010
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – You wouldn’t know these were austere times from looking at the 2011 European Tour schedule.
You’d expect tournaments to be falling off the European Tour in this current financial crisis, not new ones being added. Yet Europe will announce a new schedule shortly that features new events and new venues.
“The success of our members globally, including three major championship wins in 2010 and the winning of the Ryder Cup, has clearly contributed to the continuing development of the European Tour International Schedule,” said Keith Waters, the European Tour’s chief operating officer and director of international policy. “The tour’s business is geographically and culturally very diverse.”
The 2011 Euro Tour schedule includes three new events in a 50-tournament season: The Volvo Golf Champions at the Royal Golf Club, Bahrain; the Sicilian Open; and the Iskandar Johor Open.
The 2011 schedule sees a monthlong desert swing in the Middle East, with the addition of the Bahrain tournament alongside long-term venues Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Dubai.
For the first time in many seasons, the 2011 season will end with the European Tour’s equivalent of the PGA Tour Championship, the Dubai World Championship. For the past 10 years, the following European Tour season has started in the same calendar year as it ended. Moreover, the December date of next year’s Dubai World Championship means that the 2012 season will take place in the same calendar year, which hasn’t happened since 1999.
The 2011 schedule stretches from the Alfred Dunhill Championship, Dec. 9-12 this year, and ends with the Dubai World Championship, Dec. 8-11, next year.
Maybe the feel-good factor of having a European World No. 1, Lee Westwood, and Euro Tour members holding three of the four major championships (Graeme McDowell, U.S. Open; Louis Oosthuizen, British Open; and Martin Kaymer, PGA Championship) already is paying dividends.
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The 2011 European Tour schedule:
Dec. 9-12 Alfred Dunhill Championship
Dec. 16-19 South Africa Open
Jan. 6-9 Africa Open
Jan. 13-16 Joburg Open
Jan. 20-23 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
Jan. 27-30 Volvo Golf Championship
Feb. 3-6 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy
Feb. 10-13 Omega Dubai Desert Classic
Feb 17-20 Avantha Masters
Feb. 23-27 WGC–Accenture Match Play Championship
Mar. 10-13 World Golf Championship
Mar. 17-20 Sicilian Open Golf
Mar. 24-27 Andalucia Open
Mar. 31-Apr. 3 Hassan II Trophy
Apr. 7-10 The Masters
Apr. 14-17 Maybank Malaysian Open
Apr. 21-24 Volvo China Open
Apr. 28-May 1 Ballantine’s Championship
May 5-8 Spanish Open
May 12-15 Iberdrola Open
May 19-22 Volvo World Match Play
May 19-22 Madeira Islands Open BPI – Portugal
May 26-29 BMW PGA Championship
Jun. 2-5 Celtic Manor Wales Open
Jun. 9-12 BMW Italian Open
Jun. 16-19 US Open
Jun. 16-19 Saint-Omer Open presented by Neuflize OBC
Jun. 23-26 BMW International Open
Jun. 30-Jul. 3 Alstom French Open
Jul. 7-10 Barclays Scottish Open
Jul. 14-17 Open Championship
Jul. 21-24 Nordea Scandinavian Masters
Jul. 28-31 Irish Open
Aug. 4-7 WGC–Bridgestone Invitational
Aug. 11-14 PGA Championship
Aug. 18-21 Czech Open
Aug. 25-28 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles
Sep. 1-4 Omega European Masters
Sep. 8-11 The Vivendi Trophy with Seve Ballesteros
Sep. 22-25 Austrian Golf Open
Sep. 29-Oct. 2 Alfred Dunhill Links
Oct. 6-9 Madrid Masters
Oct. 13-16 Portugal Masters
Oct. 20-23 Castello Masters Costa Azahar
Oct. 27-30 Andalucia Masters
Nov. 3-6 WGC–HSBC Championship
Nov. 10-13 Barclays Singapore Open
Nov. 17-20 Iskandar Johor Open
Nov. 24-27 Omega Mission Hills World Cup
Dec. 1-4 UBS Hong Kong Open
Dec. 8-11 Dubai World Championship presented by DP World
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