DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The European Tour has introduced a 2014 schedule that includes a minimum of 48 tournaments in 26 different destinations.
The 12-month golf odyssey, which begins this week with the 103rd playing of the South African Open in Johannesburg, travels across five continents before the curtain comes down once again with the DP World Tour Championship at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. The DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, is again the culmination of the four-tournament Final Series which, as with this year, will also feature the BMW Masters and the WGC-HSBC Champions in China and the Turkish Airlines Open in Turkey.
Other highlights include two new tournaments in a row in August – Made in Denmark at the Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort on Aug. 14-17 and the D+D Real Czech Masters at the Albatross Golf Resort in Prague from Aug. 21-24. Also new to the official schedule is the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa – long a high-dollar staple of the Silly Season – from Dec. 5-8.
Outside the 48 regular tournaments, the 2014 schedule also features the 40th Ryder Cup at The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland from Sept. 26-28 – whose final qualifying event for European players will be the Italian Open at Circolo Golf Torino from Aug. 28-31 – and the first staging of a new match play event between Europe and Asia, the EurAsia Cup at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from March 28-30.
“There is no question that we have come through a challenging period economically and for that we must thank the continued commitment and dedication of our tournament promoters and sponsors, not only in our home continent of Europe, but throughout the world, said European Tour Chief Operating Officer Keith Waters. “I am delighted with our 2014 schedule which perfectly showcases not only the renewed strength in depth of The European Tour, but also our influential global footprint.”
Here is the 2014 schedule: