Euro­pean Tour break­ing new bound­aries in 2018 sea­son

Sport360 - - Golf/ Boxing News - By Phil Casey @pcaseysafc editorial@sport360.com

The Euro­pean Tour will fea­ture new tour­na­ments in Bel­gium, Oman and the Philippines in 2018, with 2014 Ry­der Cup venue Gle­nea­gles host­ing the first Euro­pean Golf Team Cham­pi­onship.

Start­ing at the Hong Kong Open from Novem­ber 23-26, the 2018 Race to Dubai will visit 30 dif­fer­ent coun­tries and in­clude eight Rolex Se­ries events, each with a min­i­mum prize fund of $7mil­lion.

The Euro­pean Team Cham­pi­onships, a mixed gen­der com­pe­ti­tion that is part of a multi-sports event be­ing staged jointly by Glas­gow and Ber­lin, will be held on Au­gust 8-12, the same week as the PGA Cham­pi­onship.

The Qatar Masters has moved from its tra­di­tional slot as part of the ‘Desert Swing’ and will be pre­ceded by the Oman Golf Clas­sic, one of three new events along with the Philippines Golf Cham­pi­onship in March and the Bel­gian Knock­out in May.

The lat­ter fea­tures nine-hole stroke play knock­out matches on the week­end and con­tin­ues the Euro­pean Tour’s adop­tion of new for­mats. The ISPS Handa World Su­per 6 Perth and GolfSixes fea­ture again on the sched­ule.

How­ever, there is no place for Paul Lawrie’s Match Play event af­ter its three-year con­tract ex­pired.

Keith Waters, the Euro­pean Tour’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, said: “We are de­lighted to be able to an­nounce new events as part of the 2018 sched­ule, pro­vid­ing vi­tal play­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for our mem­bers.

“It also com­bines di­ver­sity, vis­it­ing 30 dif­fer­ent coun­tries on the Race to Dubai, and in­no­va­tion, through varied for­mats such as the new Bel­gian Knock­out and GolfSixes along­side more tra­di­tional stroke­play events.”

Turn­ing tide: Keith Waters.

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