AAM SCOTTISH OPEN MOVES TO GULLANE
TOUR SCHEDULE FOR 2015
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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 Match-play in Scotland at the end of July and the return of the European Open to the calendar in Germany at the end of September
This is five weeks before the traditional four-tournament Final Series tees 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 are: 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 andCountry 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 4-7 Nedbank Golf Challenge Gary Player CC, Sun City, S Africa
Dec 11-14 Alfred Dunhill Championship Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, S Africa
Jan 8-11 South African Open Championship Glendower GC, Gauteng, Johannesburg, S Africa
Jan 15-18 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Abu Dhabi GC, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Jan 21-24 (Saturday finish) Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Doha GC, Doha, Qatar
Jan 29-Feb 1 Feb Omega Dubai Desert Classic Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE
Feb 5-8 Maybank Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur G and CC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Feb 12-15 Thailand Classic Black Mountain GC, Hua Hin, Thailand
Feb 19-22 Hero Indian Open Venue TBD
Feb 26 -Mar 1 Mar Joburg Open Royal Johannesburg and Kensington GC, Johannesburg, S Africa
Mar 5-8 WGC- Cadillac Championship Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Doral, Florida, USA
Mar 5-8 Africa Open East London GC, East London, Eastern Cape, S Africa
Mar 12-15 Tshwane Open Pretoria CC, Waterkloof, S Africa
Mar 19-22 Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI Clube de Golf Santo da Serra, Santo Antonio da Serra, Madeira
Mar 26-29 Trophee Hassan II Golf du Palais Royal, Agadir, Morocco
Apr 9-12 THE MASTERS Augusta National GC, Georgia, USA
Apr 16-19 Shenzhen International Genzon GC, Shenzhen, China
Apr 23-26 Volvo China Open Venue TBD, Shanghai, China
Apr 29-May 3 May WGC – Cadillac Match Play TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, California, USA
May 7-10 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open Heritage GC, Domaine de Bel Ombre, Mauritius
May 14-17 Open de España Real Club de Golf El Prat, Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain
May 21-24 BMW PGA CHAMPIONSHIP Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey
May 28-31 Irish Open Hosted by The Rory Foundation Royal County Down GC, Newcastle, Co Down, N Ireland
Jun 4-7 Nordea Masters PGA Sweden National, Lake Course, Malmo, Sweden
Jun 11-14 Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity Diamond CC, Atzenbrugg, near Vienna, Austria
Jun 18-21 US OPEN Chambers Bay GC, Washington, USA
Jun 25-28 BMW International Open Golfclub München Eichenried, Munich, Germany
Jul 2-5 Alstom Open de France Le Golf National, Paris, France
Jul 9-12 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Gullane GC, Gullane
Jul 16-19 144th OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP Old Course, St Andrews, Jul 23-26 Omega European Masters Crans-sur-Sierre GC, Crans Montana, Switzerland
Jul 30-Aug 2 Aug Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match-play Murcar Links GC, Aberdeen
Aug 6-9 WGC – Bridgestone Invitational Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio, USA
Aug 13-16 US PGA CHAMPIONSHIP Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wisconsin, USA
Aug 20-23 Made in Denmark Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, Denmark
Aug 27-30 D+D Real Czech Masters Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic
Sep 3-6 M2M Russian Open Venue TBD
Sep 10-13 KLM Open Kennemer G&CC, Zandvoort, The Netherlands
Sep 17-20 72nd Open d’Italia Golf Club Milano, Parco Reale di Monza, Italy
Sep 24-27 European Open Golf Resort Bad Griesbach, Bad Griesbach, Germany
Oct 1-4 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Old Course St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, Scotland
Oct 8-11 TBC
Oct 15-18 Portugal Masters Oceânico Victoria GC, Vilamoura, Portugal
Oct 22-25 Hong Kong Open Hong Kong GC, Fanling, Hong Kong
Oct 29-1 Nov BMW MASTERS Lake Malaren GC, Shanghai, China
Nov 5-8 WGC – HSBC CHAMPIONS Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China
Nov 12-15 TURKISH AIRLINES OPEN The Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Antalya, Turkey
Nov 19-22 DP WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP, DUBAI Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE
*TBC World Match Play Championship Venue TBD
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