The European Tour released its 2013-14 schedule on Sunday, adding in several new events, as well as shifting others around in terms of dates and places.
The schedule will feature 48 events, kicking off next week with the South African Open as part of a four-tournament swing through South Africa. The Alfred Dunhill Championship follows, with the 30-player, big-money Nedbank Golf Challenge becoming an official event for the first time, opposite the Hong Kong Open, back on the European Tour schedule after its absence in 2012-13. The Nelson Mandela Championship, in its second season, will wrap up the 2013 portion of the schedule.
The European Tour kicks off 2014 again in South Africa for the Volvo Golf Champions, leading into the Middle East swing in Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Dubai. Then it's back to South Africa for three more events, including the Tshwane Open again opposite the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
A new unofficial team event will be played in March 18-20, as the Eurasia Cup will pit teams of players from Europe against Asian counterparts in a Ryder Cup/Seve Trophy-style format.
The Volvo Match Play Championship will be moving venues and dates, with an unknown host course but a penciled in October date.
A two-week gap on the European Tour schedule from this season will be filled by new events in consecutive weeks. The Made in Denmark will be played the week after the PGA Championship, while the D+D Real Czech Masters will come immediately after that.
The final four events of the European Tour season will remain the same, though officials have said the requirement to play two of the three events in the Finals Series before the conclusion in Dubai will be thoroughly reviewed. Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia and Charl Schwartzel opted to skip parts of the series in protest of the participation rule.
Gone from the schedule in 2013-14 are the Avantha Masters in India, as is the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneages since the Scottish resort is hosting the '14 Ryder Cup. The Irish Open does not have a 2014 venue yet, though '13 host Carton House is considered a favorite for the duties. ISPS Handa has dropped as the title sponsor of the Perth International, but the event continues with a TBD venue.
2013-14 European Tour schedule
|Nov 21-24, 2013||South African Open Championship||Glendower GC, Gauteng, Johannesburg, SA|
|Nov 28-1 Dec||Alfred Dunhill Championship||Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, SA|
|Dec 5-8||Nedbank Golf Challenge||Gary Player CC, Sun City, SA|
|Dec 5-8||Hong Kong Open||Hong Kong GC, Fanling, Hong Kong|
|Dec 12-15||The Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa||Mount Edgecombe CC, Durban, Kwa –Zulu Natal, SA|
|Jan 9-12, 2014||Volvo Golf Champions||Durban CC, Durban, SA|
|Jan 16-19||Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship||Abu Dhabi GC, Abu Dhabi, UAE|
|Jan 22-25||Commercialbank Qatar Masters||Doha GC, Doha, Qatar|
|Jan 30- 2 Feb||Omega Dubai Desert Classic||Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE|
|Feb 6-9||Joburg Open||Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC, Johannesburg, SA|
|Feb 13-16||Africa Open||East London GC, East London, Eastern Cape, SA|
|Feb 19-23||WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship||Ritz-Carlton GC, Dove Mountain, Marana, Arizona, USA|
|Feb 27-Mar 2||Tshwane Open||Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate, Centurion, SA|
|Mar 6-9||WGC- Cadillac Championship||Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Doral, Florida, USA|
|Mar 13-16||Trophée Hassan II||Golf du Palais Royal, Agadir, Morocco|
|Mar 28-30||EURASIA CUP presented by DRB-HICOM||Glenmarie G&CC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Apr 10-13||Masters Tournament||Augusta National, Georgia, USA|
|Apr 17-20||Maybank Malaysian Open||Kuala Lumpur G&CC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Apr 24-27||Volvo China Open||Genzon GC, Shenzhen, China|
|May 1-4||The Championship||Blackstone GC, Icheon, Seoul, South Korea|
|May 8-11||Madeira Islands Open||Clube de Golf Santo da Serra, Santo Antonio da Serra, Madeira|
|May 15-18||Open de España||TBD|
|May 22-25||BMW PGA Championship||Wentworth Club, Surrey, England|
|May 29-June 1||Nordea Masters||PGA Sweden National, Lake Course, Malmo, Sweden|
|June 5-8||Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity||Diamond CC, Atzenbrugg, near Vienna, Austria|
|June 12-15||US Open Championship||Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA|
|June 12-15||Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open||Aa St Omer GC, Lumbres, France|
|June 19-22||The Irish Open||TBD|
|June 26-29||BMW International Open||Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof, Cologne, Germany|
|July 3-6||Alstom Open de France||Le Golf National, Paris, France|
|July 10-13||Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open||Royal Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland|
|July 17-20||143rd Open Championship||Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, England|
|July 24-27||M2M Russian Open||TBD|
|July 31-Aug 3||WGC - Bridgestone Invitational||Firestone GC, Akron, Ohio, USA|
|Aug 7-10||US PGA Championship||Valhalla GC, Louisville, Kentucky, USA|
|Aug 14-17||Made In Denmark||Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, Denmark|
|Aug 21-24||D+D Real Czech Masters||Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic|
|Aug 28-31||Italian Open||Circolo Golf Torino - La Mandria, Fiano, Torino, Italy|
|Sept 4-7||Omega European Masters||Crans-sur-Sierre GC, Crans Montana, Switzerland|
|Sept 11-14||KLM Open||Kennemer G&CC, Zandvoort, The Netherlands|
|Sept 18-21||ISPS Handa Wales Open||The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, South Wales|
|Sept 26-28||THE 2014 RYDER CUP||Gleneagles, Scotland|
|Oct 2-5||Alfred Dunhill Links Championship||Old Course St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, Scotland|
|Oct 9-12||Portugal Masters||Oceânico Victoria GC, Vilamoura, Portugal|
|Oct 16-19||Volvo World Match Play Championship||TBD|
|Oct 23-26||Perth International||TBD|
|Oct 30-Nov 2||BMW Masters||Lake Malaren GC, Shanghai, China|
|Nov 6-9||WGC - HSBC Champions||Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China|
|Nov 13-16||Turkish Airlines Open||The Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Antalya, Turkey|
|Nov 20-23||DP World Tour Championship, Dubai||Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE|