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THE 2015 EUROPEAN TOUR INTERNATIONAL SCHEDULE
ANNOUNCED IN FULL

Six new tournaments, seven new venues and a minimum of 47 tournaments across 11 months, are some of the many highlights of The 2015 European Tour International Schedule which is announced in full today.

The global appeal of The European Tour is highlighted in particular by the six new events: three of which are in the east – China, India and Thailand; two of which are in Europe – Germany and Scotland; and one in Africa in Mauritius.

Two of the new tournaments – the Thailand Classic and the Hero Indian Open – are played in consecutive weeks in mid- February; the month of January having been dominated once again by the traditional Desert Swing of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

The new Shenzhen International is the first of two tournaments back to back in China in mid-April, while the inaugural AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open in the opening week of May holds the distinction of being the first tri-sanctioned tournament between The European Tour, the Asian Tour and the Sunshine Tour.

Completing the line-up of new events for 2015 are the two in Europe; the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay in Scotland at the end of July and the return of the European Open to the calendar in Germany at the end of September, five weeks before the traditional four-tournament Final Series kicks off once again with the BMW Masters in Shanghai.

Earlier in the year, following the staging of the Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in May, the following week sees the Irish Open move to a new date to coincide with its new association with World Number One and newly crowned 2014 Race to Dubai Champion Rory McIlroy.

The Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation will be staged at Royal County Down Golf Club in Northern Ireland, one of seven new venues taking their place on the 2015 schedule, the others being: Black Mountain Golf Club (Thailand Classic), Heritage Golf Club (AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open), Chambers Bay Golf Club (US Open), Gullane Golf Club (Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open), Murcar Golf Links (Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay), and Golf Resort Bad Griesbach (European Open).

Other significant dates moves include the Maybank Malaysian Open, at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, moving from April to the first week of February as the event celebrates its tenth anniversary with the same title sponsor, while the Omega European Masters moves from its traditional September slot to the last week of July, following the 144th Open Championship on the Old Course at St Andrews.

Keith Waters, Chief Operating Officer and Director of International Policy for The European Tour, said: “We are very pleased to announce our full schedule for 2015, a schedule which offers our Membership diversity, interest, excitement and variety at a host of wonderful venues in all four corners of the globe.

“We are delighted to have been able to add so many new tournaments and destinations to the Tour and we are pleased that our scheduling has enabled us to create significant clusters of tournaments in the same regions of the world whether that be in Asia, the Middle East or indeed South Africa where we have six events next season.

“Our thanks, as always, go to our Federation and co-sanctioning partners, sponsors and promoters for their continued support of The European Tour, and we can all look forward to a strong opening to The 2015 Race to Dubai, which will appeal to our membership as well as the many followers of The European Tour around the world.”

2015 EUROPEAN TOUR INTERNATIONAL SCHEDULE

Dec 04 Dec 07   Nedbank Golf Challenge
Gary Player CC,Sun City,South Africa
$6,500,000
Dec 11 Dec 14 Alfred Dunhill Championship
Leopard Creek CC,Malelane,South Africa
€1,500,000
Jan 08 Jan 11 South African Open Championship
Glendower GC,Gauteng, Johannesburg,South Africa
Jan 15 Jan 18 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
Abu Dhabi GC,Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates
$2,700,000
Jan 21 Jan 24 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters
Doha GC,Doha,Qatar
$2,500,000
Jan 29 Feb 01 Omega Dubai Desert Classic
Emirates GC,Dubai,United Arab Emirates
$2,650,000
Feb 05 Feb 08 Maybank Malaysian Open
Kuala Lumpur G&CC,Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia
$3,000,000
Feb 12 Feb 15 Thailand Classic
Black Mountain GC,Hua Hin,Thailand
$2,000,000
Feb 19 Feb 22 Hero Indian Open
TBC,TBC,India
$1,500,000
Feb 26 Mar 01 Joburg Open
Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC,Johannesburg,South Africa
Mar 05 Mar 08 WGC – Cadillac Championship
Blue Monster, Trump National Doral,Doral, Florida,USA
$9,000,000
Mar 05 Mar 08 Africa Open
East London GC,East London, Eastern Cape,South Africa
Mar 12 Mar 15 Tshwane Open
Pretoria CC,Waterkloof,South Africa
Mar 19 Mar 22 Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI
Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra,Madeira,Portugal
€600,000
Mar 26 Mar 29 Trophee Hassan II
Golf du Palais Royal,Agadir,Morocco
€1,500,000
Apr 09 Apr 12 The Masters
Augusta National GC,Augusta, Georgia,USA
Apr 16 Apr 19 Shenzhen International
Genzon GC,Shenzhen,China
Apr 23 Apr 26 Volvo China Open
TBC,TBC,China
Apr 29 May 02 WGC – Cadillac Match Play
TPC Harding Park,San Francisco, California,USA
May 07 May 10 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open
Heritage GC,Domaine de Bel Ombre,Mauritius
May 14 May 17 Open de España
Real Club de Golf El Prat,Terrassa, Barcelona,Spain
May 21 May 24 BMW PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Wentworth Club,Virginia Water, Surrey,England
May 28 May 31 Irish Open Hosted by The Rory Foundation
Royal County Down GC,Newcastle, Co Down,Northern Ireland
Jun 04 Jun 07 Nordea Masters
PGA Sweden National,Malmö,Sweden
Jun 11 Jun 14 Lyoness Open
Diamond CC,Atzenbrugg,Austria
Jun 18 Jun 21 US OPEN
Chambers Bay GC,Chambers Bay, Washington,USA
Jun 25 Jun 28 BMW International Open
Golfclub München Eichenried,Eichenried, Munich,Germany
Jul 02 Jul 05 Alstom Open de France
Le Golf National,Paris,France
Jul 09 Jul 12 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
Gullane GC,Gullane, East Lothian,Scotland
Jul 16 Jul 19 144th OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
St. Andrews, Old Course,Fife,Scotland
Jul 23 Jul 26 Omega European Masters
Crans-sur-Sierre GC,Crans Montana,Switzerland
Jul 30 Aug 02 Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay
Murcar Links GC,Aberdeen,Scotland
Aug 06 Aug 09 WGC – Bridgestone Invitational
Firestone CC,Akron, Ohio,USA
Aug 13 Aug 16 US PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Whistling Straits,Kohler, Wisconsin,USA
Aug 20 Aug 23 Made in Denmark
Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort,Farsø,Denmark
Aug 27 Aug 30 D+D Real Czech Masters
Albatross Golf Resort,Vysoký Újezd, Prague,Czech Republic
Sep 03 Sep 06 M2M Russian Open
TBC,TBC,Russia
Sep 10 Sep 13 KLM Open
Kennemer G&CC,Zandvoort,The Netherlands
Sep 17 Sep 20 72nd Open d’Italia
Golf Club Milano,Parco Reale di Monza,Italy
Sep 24 Sep 27 European Open
Golf Resort Bad Griesbach,Bad Griesbach,Germany
Oct 01 Oct 04 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
Old Course St. Andrews, Carnoustie & Kingsbarns,.,Scotland
Oct 08 Oct 11 TBC
TBC,TBC,Not Listed
Oct 15 Oct 18 Portugal Masters
Oceånico Victoria GC,Vilamoura,Portugal
Oct 22 Oct 25 Hong Kong Open
Hong Kong GC,Fanling,Hong Kong
Oct 29 Nov 01 BMW MASTERS
Lake Malaren Golf Club,Shanghai,China
Nov 05 Nov 08 WGC – HSBC CHAMPIONS
Sheshan International GC,Shanghai,China
Nov 12 Nov 15 TURKISH AIRLINES OPEN
The Montgomerie Maxx Royal,Antalya,Turkey
Nov 19 Nov 22 DP WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP, DUBAI
Jumeirah Golf Estates,Dubai,United Arab Emirates
Dec 01 Dec 04 World Match Play Championship
TBC,TBC,Not Listed

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Graham J Gordon, The Editor and Owner, GolfblogspotUK

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