The elevation of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship to a Rolex Series event and the continuation of the British Masters are two of the many highlights of the 2019 European Tour International Schedule, with 48 tournaments in 31 countries spanning five continents.
There are 47 tournaments counting towards the Race to Dubai, including the eight tournaments which form the Rolex Series events, the premier tournament category on the European Tour, each of which has a minimum prize fund of US$7 million.
The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship has long been recognised as one of the stand-out tournaments on the European Tour and its elevation to the Rolex Series – with an associated prize fund rise from US$3 million to US$7 million – now reflects that.
It takes its place alongside the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, the BMW PGA Championship, the Italian Open, the Turkish Airlines Open, the Nedbank Golf Challenge and the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, in the line-up for the third year of the Rolex Series.
While the Rolex Series tournaments in Ireland and Scotland retain their July date and those in Turkey, South Africa and Dubai remaining in November, there are changes for the BMW PGA Championship which moves from May to September, and the Italian Open which moves from June to October.
Other tournaments to change their 2019 dates include the Open de France, which moves from June to October and the Andalucia Valderrama Masters from October to June.
The AUD$3 million tournament is Australia’s richest and sees men and women professionals play on the same course at the same time for an equal share of the prize fund. Preceding yet another innovative tournament on the schedule – the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth – this represents the first time the European Tour has staged back-to-back tournaments in Australia since 2004.
|THE 2019 EUROPEAN TOUR INTERNATIONAL SCHEDULE|
|Nov||22-25||Honma Hong Kong Open presented by Amundi||Hong Kong GC, Fanling, Hong Kong|
|29-2 Dec||Australian PGA Championship||RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia|
|29-2 Dec||Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open at Anahita||Four Seasons GC Mauritius at Anahita, Beau Champ, Mauritius|
|Dec||6-9||South African Open hosted by the City of Johannesburg||Randpark GC, Johannesburg, South Africa|
|13-16||Alfred Dunhill Championship||Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, South Africa|
|Jan||16-19||ABU DHABI HSBC CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY EGA||Abu Dhabi GC, Abu Dhabi, UAE|
|24-27||Omega Dubai Desert Classic||Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE|
|31-3 Feb||Saudi International||Royal Greens G&CC, King Abdullah Economic City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia|
|Feb||7-10||Vic Open||13th Beach GC, Geelong, Victoria, Australia|
|14-17||ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth||Lake Karrinyup CC, Perth, Australia|
|21-24||WGC – Mexico Championship||Chapultepec GC, Mexico City, Mexico|
|28-3 Mar||Oman Open||Almouj Golf, Muscat, Oman|
|Mar||7-10||Qatar Masters||Doha GC, Doha, Qatar|
|14-17||Kenya Open||Karen CC, Nairobi, Kenya|
|21-24||Maybank Championship||Saujana G&CC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|27-31||WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play||Austin CC, Austin, Texas, USA|
|28-31||Hero Indian Open||DLF G&CC, New Delhi, India|
|Apr||11-14||THE MASTERS||Augusta National GC, Georgia, USA|
|25-28||Trophee Hassan II||Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco|
|May||2-5||Volvo China Open||The Tradition at Wolong Valley, Chengdu, China|
|9-12||British Masters hosted by Tommy Fleetwood||Hillside GC, Southport, Merseyside, England|
|16-19||US PGA CHAMPIONSHIP||Bethpage State Park BK Course, Bethpage, NY, USA|
|23-26||Made in Denmark||Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, Farsoe, Denmark|
|30-2 Jun||Belgian Knockout||Rinkven International GC, Antwerp, Belgium|
|13-16||US OPEN||Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, CA, USA|
|20-23||BMW International Open||Golfclub München Eichenried, Munich, Germany|
|27-30||Andalucia Valderrama Masters||Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain|
|Jul||4-7||DUBAI DUTY FREE IRISH OPEN||Lahinch GC, Lahinch, Co. Clare|
|11-14||ABERDEEN STANDARD INVESTMENTS SCOTTISH OPEN||The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland|
|18-21||148th OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP||Royal Portrush GC, Portrush, Country Antrim|
|25-28||WGC – FedEx St. Jude Invitational||TPC Southwind, Memphis, TN, USA|
|8-11||Shot Clock Challenge||TBC|
|15-18||D+D Real Czech Masters||Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic|
|22-25||Scandinavian Invitation||Hills Golf & Sports Club, Gothenburg, Sweden|
|29-1 Sept||Omega European Masters||Crans-sur-Sierre GC, Crans Montana, Switzerland|
|Sep||5-8||Porsche European Open||Green Eagle Golf Courses, Hamburg, Germany|
|12-15||KLM Open||The International, Amsterdam, The Netherlands|
|19-22||BMW PGA CHAMPIONSHIP||Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey, England|
|26-29||Alfred Dunhill Links Championship||Old Course St Andrews, Carnoustie & Kingsbarns, Scotland|
|Oct||3-6||Open de Espana||TBC, Spain|
|10-13||ITALIAN OPEN||Olgiata GC, Rome, Italy|
|17-20||Open de France||Le Golf National, Paris, France|
|24-27||Portugal Masters||Dom Pedro Victoria GC, Vilamoura, Portugal|
|31-3 Nov||WGC – HSBC Champions||Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China|
|Nov||7-10||TURKISH AIRLINES OPEN||TBC, Turkey|
|14-17||NEDBANK GOLF CHALLENGE HOSTED BY GARY PLAYER||Gary Player CC, Sun City, South Africa|
|21-24||DP WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP, DUBAI||Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE|