European Tour unveils 2014 schedule of 48 tournaments over 12-month span

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The DP World Championship in Dubai again will be the climax of the European Tour schedule.
By news services

Series: European Tour

Published: Monday, November 18, 2013 | 1:06 p.m.

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:

Nov. 21-24: South African Open, Glendower GC, Johannesburg, South Africa
Nov 28-Dec. 1: Alfred Dunhill Championship, Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, South Africa 
Dec. 5-8: Nedbank Golf Challenge, Gary Player CC, Sun City, South Africa 
Dec. 5-8: Hong Kong Open, Hong Kong GC, Fanling, Hong Kong 
Dec. 12-15: Nelson Mandela Championship, Mount Edgecombe CC, Durban, South Africa 
Jan. 9-12: Volvo Golf Champions, Durban CC, Durban, South Africa 
Jan. 16-19: Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, Abu Dhabi GC, Abu Dhabi, UAE 
Jan. 22-25: Commercialbank Qatar Masters, Doha GC, Doha, Qatar (Saturday finish)
Jan. 30-Feb. 2: Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE 
Feb. 6-9: Joburg Open, Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC, Johannesburg, South Africa 
Feb. 13-16: Africa Open, East London GC, East London, South Africa 
Feb. 19-23: WGC-Accenture Match Play, Ritz-Carlton GC, Marana, Ariz., USA
Feb. 27-Mar. 2: Tshwane Open, Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate, Centurion, South Africa 
Mar. 6-9: WGC-Cadillac Championship, Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Doral, Fla., USA 
Mar. 13-16: Hassan II Trophy, Golf du Palais Royal, Agadir, Morocco 
Mar. 20-23: TBA
Mar. 28-30: EurAsia Cup, Glenmarie G&CC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
Apr. 3-6: TBA 
Apr. 10-13: Masters Tournament, Augusta National, Augusta, Ga., USA 
Apr. 17-20: Maybank Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur G&CC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
Apr. 24-27: Volvo China Open, Genzon GC, Shenzhen, China 
May 1-4: The Championship, Blackstone GC, Seoul, South Korea 
May 8-11: Madeira Islands Open, Clube de Golf Santo da Serra, Santo Antonio da Serra, Madeira 
May 15-18: Spanish Open, Venue TBA 
May 22-25: BMW PGA Championship, Wentworth Club, Surrey, England 
May 29-June 1: Nordea Masters, PGA Sweden National, Lake Course, Malmo, Sweden 
June 5-8: Lyoness Open, Diamond CC, Atzenbrugg, Austria 
June 12-15: US Open, Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, N.C., USA 
June 12-15: Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open, Aa St Omer GC, Lumbres, France 
June 19-22: Irish Open, Venue TBA 
June 26-29: BMW International Open, Golf Club Gut Larchenhof, Cologne, Germany 
July 3-6: Alstom French Open, Le Golf National, Paris, France 
July 10-13: Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Royal Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland 
July 17-20: British Open, Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, England 
July 24-27: M2M Russian Open, Venue TBA 
July 31-Aug. 3: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Firestone GC, Akron, Ohio, USA 
Aug. 7-10: PGA Championship, Valhalla GC, Louisville, Ky., USA 
Aug. 14-17: Made In Denmark, Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, Gatten, Denmark 
Aug. 21-24: D+D Real Czech Masters, Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic 
Aug. 28-31: Italian Open, Circolo Golf Torino - La Mandria, Fiano, Torino, Italy 
Sept. 4-7: Omega European Masters, Crans-sur-Sierre GC, Crans Montana, Switzerland 
Sept. 11-14: KLM Open, Kennemer G&CC, Zandvoort, The Netherlands 
Sept. 18-21: ISPS Handa Wales Open, Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales 
Sept. 26-28: Ryder Cup, Gleneagles, Scotland 
Oct. 2-5: Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Old Course St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, Scotland 
Oct. 9-12: Portugal Masters, Oceânico Victoria GC, Vilamoura, Portugal 
Oct. 16-19: Volvo World Match Play Championship, Venue TBA 
Oct. 23-26: Perth International, Venue TBA 
Oct. 30-Nov. 2: BMW Masters, Lake Malaren GC, Shanghai, China 
Nov. 6-9: WGC-HSBC Champions, Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China 
Nov. 13-16: Turkish Airlines Open, Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Antalya, Turkey 
Nov. 20-23: DP World Tour Championship, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE