The PGA European Tour season usually takes place from January through to November. This incorporates around 42 events, taking place across 25 countries or so around the world! American golfer, Collin Morikawa finished the 2021 season as the Race to Dubai champion, being the first American to win this competition within the European tour.
From 2022 onwards the tour will be renamed and become the DP World Tour. Seeing the European Tour transform into a truly Global world tour with an international schedule of golfing tournaments!
With the announcement of this ground-breaking change to the tour, TA-DAH.TV has delved into the famous PGA European Tour, its most famous destinations and golf courses, as well as its history and notable tournaments.
The History of the PGA European Tour
The PGA European Tour, as we know it, is the organization that runs three of the leading men’s professional golf tours in Europe. This includes the elite European Tour, the European Senior Tour, and the developmental Challenge Tour.
The tour was originally established by the Professional Golfers’ Association throughout the 1970s before responsibility for these tours was handed over to an independent PGA European Tour organization in 1984.
The majority of the tours are held within Europe, however, post-1980 a wide number of tours have been held in other parts of the world, touching down in Africa, Asia, and America. Events based in Europe are typically played in Western Europe, heavily concentrated in countries such as the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, and Spain.
Notable tournaments in Europe
With over 40 events held each season, there are a number of notable events within the PGA European Tour. Some of the most important in Europe include:
- The Scottish Open
- The British Masters
- The Open Championship (aka The Open or the British Open)
- The Italian Open
- The Acciona Open de España
- The Portugal Masters
- BMW PGA Championship (originally known as the British PGA Championship)
Outside Europe notable tournaments are:
- The PIF Saudi International
- The Kenya Open
- The Ryder Cup
- The U.S. Open
- Aviv Dubai Championship
European Tour Destinations
The European PGA tour is hosted by a number of famous destinations and some of these countries’ very best golf courses. This includes The Belfry and St. Andrews in the UK, as well as Valderrama (the famous Andalusian course), Le Golf National – Albatros course which hosts the French Open every year, Bro Hof Slott – Stadium Course in Sweden, and many more.
Other courses to add to your golfing bucket list include:
- Emirates Golf Club – The Majlis Course – Dubai
- Abu Dhabi Golf Club – Abu Dhabi
- Genzon Golf Club – China
- Golf Club St. Leon-Rot – Heidelberg, Germany
- Linna Golf – Hämeenlinna, Finland
- Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf and Spa – Marbella, Spain
Current high ranking players, based on their prize money winnings, include famous names such as:
- Lee Westwood
- Rory Mcllroy
- Sergio Garcia
- Justin Rose
- Ernie Els
- Henrik Stenson
All set for another season of golf? The European Tour 2022 kicks off in Abu Dhabi with the prestigious Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Catch all the action between January 20th – 23rd. Go to TA-DAH.TV’s SPORTS section to find out more information now.