The European Tour released its 2018-19 schedule on Monday. Here’s a look at some of the highlights:
1. There will be 48 tournaments, starting next month with the Honma Hong Kong Open and ending in November 2019 in Dubai with the season-ending DP World Championship.
2. The BMW PGA Championship – the European Tour’s flagship event, will move from May to September to avoid a conflict with the U.S. PGA Championship.
3. Despite rumors, the British Masters (sans sponsor) will return with Tommy Fleetwood playing host in his hometown of Southport at Hillside Golf Club. It will take place the week prior to the PGA at Bethpage Black.
4. The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship will become one of the seven Rolex Series events, replacing the French Open. The other Rolex events include: BMW PGA Championship, Irish Open, Scottish Open, Italian Open, Turkish Airlines Open, Nedbank Challenge, and DP World, Dubai.
5. The first event in Saudi Arabia will appear on the 2019 schedule with the debut of the Saudi International – the final event of a three-stop swing through the Middle East, following the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The tour returns to the desert a month later with back to back weeks in early March for the Oman Open and Qatar Masters.
6. The Kenyan Open has been added to the schedule, giving the tour five events on the African continent (South Africa (3), Morocco, Kenya).
7. The Vic Open in Australia will also debut on the European Tour, and it will precede the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth, giving the tour back to back weeks Down Under.
8. Two of the tour’s more unique events – the Belgian Knockout and the GolfSixes – will also appear back to back on the schedule.
9. The Andalucia Valderrama Masters will no longer be hosted by Sergio Garcia as it has moved from an October date to June as one of four tournaments contested in Europe (Germany, Spain, Ireland, Scotland) between the U.S. Open and British Open.
10. The following 2018 tournaments are no longer: Fiji International, Rocco Forte Sicilian Open and Tshwane Open.