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Three new events for European Tour

Season starts on December 9th

Posted Nov 29, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

The European Tour has announced it will feature three new events in the 2011 season – a year that will contain a minimum of 50 tournaments and finish in December for the first time in its history.
The Race to Dubai, won by Martin Kaymer this weekend, starts on December 9th, 2010 at the Alfred Dunhill Championships in South Africa and ends on Decembers 11th, 2011 at the Dubai World Championships, won this season by Robert Karlsson following a dramatic play-off triumph over Englishman Ian Poulter.
The new tournament added will be played in Bahrain, Sicily and Malaysia. And it is hopes that the December finish in 2011 will allow following European Tour seasons to be completed in a calendar year.
European Tour chief, Keith Waters, told the BBC: “The Race to Dubai will conclude in December for the first time in 2011, enabling us to introduce a schedule based on the calendar year, which has been our stated intention for some time now. We anticipate, therefore, that the 2012 season will commence in January that year and conclude in November.”
This will make following the sport a lot easier for both players and fans and will mean that a season can be enjoyed over a calendar year.
The new events added in 2011 are the Volvo Golf Champions at the Royal Golf Club in Bahrain from January 27th to January 30th, the Sicilian Open from March 17th to March 20th and the Iskander Johor Open in Malaysia that will run from November 17th to November 20th.
Other big news from the tour is that Wentworth will be the destination for the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship. This will be the 31st time in total and the 28th in succession that the event will be staged there and it will be help from May 26th to May 29th.
Also, three tournaments will have new venues with the Ballantine’s Championship taking place at the Blackstone Golf Club in Seoul, the Hassan II Golf Trophy moving to Golf de Palais et Golf de L’Ocean in Agadir, Morocco, and the Omega Mission Hills World Cup will be held at the Mission Hills resort, Hainan Island.
The European Tour is continuing to grow in stature and it is by adding these events that more of the top players in the world make their way over here to compete.
The 2011 season will have a lot to do to live up to the brilliance of this year and hopefully we will see more fantastic golf.

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