European Tour announces 2013-14 schedule, adds events
European Tour

European Tour announces 2013-14 schedule, adds events

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 20-23 TBD TBD
Mar 28-30 EURASIA CUP presented by DRB-HICOM Glenmarie G&CC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Apr 3-6 TBD TBD
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

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