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The 2020 European Tour is the 49th season of golf tournaments since the European Tour officially began in 1972 and the 12th edition of the Race to Dubai.

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic had a major impact on the season, with many tournaments being rescheduled or cancelled. All four major championships were affected; the Open Championship was cancelled, and the Masters Tournament, U.S. Open and PGA Championship were moved to dates much later in the year.

Changes from previous season

Schedule

With the addition of golf at the Olympic Games to the schedule in 2020, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open was moved from its usual July spot to May in order to avoid a clash with the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

Events

New: The Scandinavian Mixed replaces the Scandinavian Invitation as a co-sanctioned event with the Ladies European Tour; consisting of a field of 78 men and 78 women.

No longer part of the schedule: ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth, Belgian Knockout

Slow play rules

From the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship onwards, new regulations were introduced which result in a player receiving a one-stroke penalty for two bad times during a tournament.[1]

Schedule

In-season changes

Due to the 2019 Hong Kong protests, the Honma Hong Kong Open, originally scheduled for 28 November – 1 December 2019 as a co-sanctioned event with the Asian Tour, was rescheduled for 9–12 January 2020 as an Asian Tour event without European Tour sanctioning.[2][3]

The remainder of the schedule was severely impacted by the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.

Official events

The following table lists official events for 2019–20.[17]

Date
(R4)
Tournament Host country Winner OWGR
points
Race to
Dubai points
Purse Co-sanction Notes
1 Dec[a] Hong Kong Open Hong Kong Postponed 2,000 $1,500,000 ASA
1 Dec Alfred Dunhill Championship South Africa Spain Pablo Larrazábal (5) 19 2,750 €1,500,000 AFR
8 Dec AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open Mauritius Denmark Rasmus Højgaard (1) 17 2,000 €1,000,000 AFR, ASA
22 Dec Australian PGA Championship Australia Australia Adam Scott (11) 20 2,000 A$1,500,000 ANZ
12 Jan South African Open South Africa South Africa Branden Grace (9) 32 2,000 ZAR17,500,000 AFR Sunshine Tour flagship event
19 Jan Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship UAE England Lee Westwood (25) 50 7,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series
26 Jan Omega Dubai Desert Classic UAE Australia Lucas Herbert (1) 48 4,250 $3,250,000
2 Feb Saudi International Saudi Arabia Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell (11) 48 4,250 $3,500,000
9 Feb ISPS Handa Vic Open Australia Australia Min Woo Lee (1) 20 2,000 A$1,600,000 ANZ
23 Feb WGC-Mexico Championship Mexico United States Patrick Reed (3) 70 9,000 $10,500,000 World Golf Championships
1 Mar Oman Open Oman Finland Sami Välimäki (1) 24 2,750 $1,750,000
8 Mar Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Qatar Spain Jorge Campillo (2) 24 2,750 $1,750,000
TBD
15 Mar[b]
Magical Kenya Open Kenya Postponed 2,000 €1,100,000
TBD
22 Mar[b]
Hero Indian Open India Postponed 2,750 $1,750,000 ASA
29 Mar[c] WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play United States Cancelled 9,000 $10,500,000 World Golf Championships
TBD
19 Apr[b]
Maybank Championship Malaysia Postponed 3,500 $3,000,000 ASA
TBD
26 Apr[b]
Volvo China Open China Postponed 3,500 CNY20,000,000 ASA
TBD
3 May[b]
Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters Spain Postponed 4,250 €3,000,000
TBD
24 May[b]
Made in Denmark Denmark Postponed 4,250 €3,000,000
TBD
31 May[b]
Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Ireland Postponed 7,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series
TBD
7 Jun[b]
Trophée Hassan II Morocco Postponed 3,500 €2,500,000
14 Jun[c] Scandinavian Mixed Sweden Cancelled [d] 2,750 €1,500,000 LET Field of 78 men and 78 women
28 Jun[c] BMW International Open Germany Cancelled 2,750 €2,000,000
5 Jul[c] Open de France France Cancelled 2,750 €1,500,000
TBD
12 Jul[b]
Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open Scotland Postponed 7,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series
19 Jul[c] The Open Championship England Cancelled 100 10,000 Major championship
2 Aug Betfred British Masters England 3,500 $2,500,000
2 Aug
5 Jul[e]
WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational United States 9,000 $10,500,000 World Golf Championships
9 Aug
17 May[e]
PGA Championship United States 100 10,000 $11,000,000 Major championship
23 Aug[c] D+D Real Czech Masters Czech Republic Cancelled 2,000 €1,000,000
30 Aug Omega European Masters Switzerland 3,500 €2,500,000
6 Sep Porsche European Open Germany 2,750 €2,000,000
13 Sep BMW PGA Championship England 64 7,000 $7,000,000 Flagship event; Rolex Series
20 Sep KLM Open Netherlands 2,750 €2,000,000
20 Sep
21 Jun[e]
U.S. Open United States 100 10,000 $12,500,000 Major championship
4 Oct Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Scotland $5,000,000
11 Oct Italian Open Italy 7,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series
18 Oct Mutuactivos Open de España Spain
25 Oct Portugal Masters Portugal 2,750 €1,500,000
1 Nov WGC-HSBC Champions China 9,000 World Golf Championships
8 Nov Turkish Airlines Open Turkey 9,000 $7,000,000 Rolex Series
15 Nov Nedbank Golf Challenge South Africa 10,000 $7,500,000 AFR Rolex Series
15 Nov
12 Apr[e]
Masters Tournament United States 100 10,000 $11,500,000 Major championship
22 Nov DP World Tour Championship, Dubai UAE 12,000 $8,000,000 Tour Championship; Rolex Series

ASA = Asian Tour; ANZ = PGA Tour of Australasia; AFR = Sunshine Tour; LET = Ladies European Tour

  1. ^ Postponed due to protest violence;[2] rescheduled to January 2020 without European Tour co-sanctioning.[3]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Postponed due to 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Cancelled due to 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.
  4. ^ Ranking points based on finish among men's field only.
  5. ^ a b c d Rescheduled due to 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.

Unofficial events

The following events appear on the schedule, but do not carry official money.

Date Tournament Host country Winner OWGR
points
Notes
10 May GolfSixes Cascais Portugal Cancelled n/a Sixteen 2-man teams
Cancelled due to 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic
Aug 2 Olympic men's golf competition Japan Postponed 60-player field
Postponed to 2021 due to 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic
27 Sep Ryder Cup United States n/a Two 12-man teams

Location of tournaments

Race to Dubai points leaders

Current Race to Dubai standings of top 10 players (through 2020 Qatar Masters):

Pos. Player Majors World Golf Ch. Rolex Series Top 10s in other ET events Total
pts
Tmts Money
Mas PGA USO Opn Mex MP Inv Cha Abu Ire Sco PGA Ita Tur Ned Dub 1 2 3 4 5 Regular
(€)
Bonus
($)
1 United States Patrick Reed


C
A
N
C
E
L
L
E
D
1st
1500
C
A
N
C
E
L
L
E
D









1,500 2
2 England Lee Westwood


T22
99


1st
1165







1,282 4
3 Australia Lucas Herbert


T58
30


T67
16







1st
710

830 6
4 Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell


T69
18









1st
710
728 3
5 England Tommy Fleetwood


T18
110


T2
523







702 3
6 South Africa Erik van Rooyen


T3
508


T12
108









667 5
7 France Victor Perez


T53
34


T2
523







639 4
8 South Africa Christiaan Bezuidenhout


T29
75


T59
21







2nd
472

637 7
9 South Africa Branden Grace


T42
53


T17
89







T3
142
1st
335
618 4
10 Spain Pablo Larrazábal


64th
23


CUT
0







1st
460
T7
64
618 7

See also

References

  1. ^ Lavner, Ryan (22 January 2020). "Here's early evidence the Euro Tour's new pace-of-play policy works". Golf Channel. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Statement on the Hong Kong Open". PGA European Tour. 20 November 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Hong Kong Open rescheduled for January 2020". ESPN. 6 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Statement on the Maybank Championship and Volvo China Open". PGA European Tour. 14 February 2020.
  5. ^ Gray, Will (6 March 2020). "European Tour cancels Kenya Open over coronavirus". Golf Channel. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Joint Statement on the Hero Indian Open". European Tour. 11 March 2020. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  7. ^ ČTK (11 March 2020). "Golfové Czech Masters se letos neuskuteční. Pořadatelé akci s velkým předstihem odvolali" [Golf Czech Masters will not take place this year. The organizers cancelled the event long in advance]. iRozhlas.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  8. ^ Harig, Bob (13 March 2020). "PGA Tour cancels Players Championship after first round". ESPN. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  9. ^ Gray, Will (17 March 2020). "European Tour postpones Andalucia Masters over COVID-19 concerns". Golf Channel. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  10. ^ "European Tour cancels GolfSixes, postpones Made in Denmark". Golf Channel. 19 March 2020. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Irish Open: Mount Juliet European Tour event postponed because of coronavirus". BBC Sport. 30 March 2020. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  12. ^ Stafford, Ali (6 April 2020). "Coronavirus: European Tour cancels inaugural Scandinavian Mixed". Sky Sports. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  13. ^ "The Open cancelled; Masters, US Open & US PGA Championship rescheduled". BBC Sport. 6 April 2020. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  14. ^ Jackson, Keith (6 April 2020). "The 149th Open cancelled for this year and will return to Sandwich in 2021". Sky Sports. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  15. ^ "PGA TOUR announces schedule adjustments for remainder of 2019-20 FedExCup season, releases fall portion of 2020-21 PGA TOUR Regular Season schedule". PGA Tour. 16 April 2020. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  16. ^ "A message from European Tour Chief Executive Keith Pelley". European Tour. 17 April 2020. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  17. ^ "The 2020 European Tour schedule". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 25 October 2019.

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