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The main talking points of the 2018 European Tour schedule

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The European Tour schedule 2018 has been announced, which you can see below. But first, a few talking points…


The (non) European Tour schedule 2018

Yeah, yeah, yeah, you’ve been saying this for years about how it is still a thing that the first event of the season on European soil isn’t until May and how it’s not really a European Tourzzz…

Maybe they should just change the name to, I dunno, the ‘World Tour’, or the ‘Anywhere but the US Tour’?

OK, that might need some work, but if you were to go to every tournament next season, you would visit 30 different countries. The diversity is wonderful to see.


New events

Thomas Pieters will host the Belgian Knockout which sees the European Tour continue its trumpeting of new formats.

Meanwhile the Desert Swing now splits into two parts, with the Abu Dhabi Championship and Dubai Desert Classic taking their usual late-January slots, before it returns to the Middle East for a new event – the Oman Classic – and the Qatar Masters a month later.

Also brand new for the Anywhere but the US Tour is the Philippines Golf Championship.


Where will the British Masters be held?

There was a concern the British Masters might clash with the FedEx Cup, which could have been problematic for tournament host and PGA Tour stalwart Justin Rose.

But he will be pleased to see it is to be held two weeks after the Ryder Cup.

But where will it be? Rumour has it that talks between Rose and Walton Heath are at an advanced stage.

Speaking of which…


A few courses still don’t have a venue

Fine for the British Masters, which isn’t until October, but the Indian Open and aforementioned Philippines Golf Championship – both in March – might want to get into gear. Also without a venue so far are China Open, GolfSixes and Italian Open.

Meanwhile there are still a couple of dates to be confirmed, to if you have a few hundred thousand in the bank and fancy your very own golf tournament…

McIlroy

Italian moving day

Speaking of the Italian Open, it has moved from its usual September slot back to May to create back-to-back Rolex Series events alongside the BMW PGA Championship, which itself moves to September from 2019 to make space for the PGA Championship – the major, that is.

It’s all very confusing. Anyway, here is the European Tour schedule 2018 in full…


European Tour schedule 201

November 23-26: Hong Kong Open

November 30-December 3: Australian PGA Championship

November 30-December 3: AfrAsia Open

December 7-10: Joburg Open

January 11-14: South African Open

January 12-14: Eurasia Cup

January 18-21: Abu Dhabi Championship

January 25-28: Dubai Desert Classic

February 1-4: Maybank Championship

February 8-11: World Super 6 Perth

February 15-18: Oman Golf Classic

February 22-25: Qatar Masters

March 1-4: Mexico Championship**

March 1-4: Tshwane Open

March 8-11: Indian Open

March 15-18: Philippines Golf Championship

March 21-25: Match Play Championship**

April 5-8: The Masters*

April 12-15: TBC

April 19-22: Trophee Hassan II

April 26-29: China Open

May 5-6: GolfSixes

May 10-13: TBC

May 17-20: Belgian Knockout

May 24-27: BMW PGA Championship***

May 31-June 3: Italian Open***

June 7-10: Austrian Open

June 14-17: US Open*

June 21-24: International Open

June 28-1 July: Open de France***

July 5-8: Irish Open***

July 12-15: Scottish Open***

July 19-22: The Open*

July 26-29: European Open

August 2-5: Bridgestone Invitational**

August 9-12: PGA Championship*

August 8-12: European Golf Team Championships

August 16-19: Nordea Masters

August 23-26: Czech Masters

August 30-September 2: Made in Denmark

September 6-9: European Masters

September 13-16: KLM Open

September 20-23: Portugal Masters

September 28-30: Ryder Cup

October 4-7: Dunhill Links Championship

October 11-14: British Masters

October 18-21: Valderrama Masters

October 25-28: HSBC Championship**

November 1-4: Turkish Open***

November 8-11: Nedbank Golf Challenge***

November 15-18: World Tour Championship***

*Major championship

**World Golf Championship

***Rolex Series event


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