European Open returning to European Tour calendar in 2015

It has been confirmed that the European Open will be returning to the European Tour schedule in 2015, which should put a smile on many a golf fans face.

Despite the tournament’s vast popularity it has not been staged since Christian Cevaer’s victory in 2009 due to problems securing sponsorship. But now it has been restored to the calendar and pencilled in for September next year, where it will be staged at the Hartl Resort in Bad Griesbach, Germany.

Chief operating officer of the European Tour, Keith Waters, said: "We are naturally thrilled to be able to announce the return of the European Open to our international schedule.

"Germany is a vital market for the European Tour and to be hosting a second tournament alongside one of our most established events in the BMW International Open brings a great deal of satisfaction."

Hans Dieter Cleven, the majority owner of the Hartl Resort, said: “We are thrilled to be announcing that the Hartl Resort at Bad Griesbach will be the host venue and main partner for the re-launch of the European Open.

“The Hartl Resort will provide a fantastic cultural and Bavarian backdrop for the European Open with its championship golf courses and high-end hotels, all set in the rolling countryside of Bad Griesbach.

"We will look forward to welcoming the players from the European Tour, along with golfing fans from around the world to experience our exceptional facilities and hospitality.”

Since it was first played in 1978, the European Open can boast a list of former champions and outstanding venues including Sunningdale, Walton Heath, Turnberry and the K Club.

Some of the golfers to have bagged the biggest winner’s cheques on the European Tour include Sir Nike Faldo, Sandy Lyle, Greg Norman, Ian Woosnam and Bernhard Langer, while Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood and Colin Montgomerie lifted the title during its extensive 13-year run at the K Club.

In 2008 the tournament was moved to The London Club in Ken, but the European Tour was unable to attract the necessary funding to keep the event on the schedule, eventually dropping it completely in 2010.

Time to get excited now, however, as the European Open will back in 2015. Hopefully it will be as though the event had never left us at all.