European Tour Schedule

European Tour

The 2021 European Tour is on its 50th season since the tour officially began in 1972.

The Covid-19 pandemic has heavily disrupted the 2020 season of the European Tour. It was announced in December 2020 that the golf tournaments would be scheduled in groups according to their location.

Race to Dubai

Organizers renamed the “Order of Merit” to “Race to Dubai” in 2009 to reflect the addition of the ending tournament, the Dubai World Championship. It is the season-long competition to determine the number one player on the European Tour.

The winner of the Race To Dubai gets a European Tour exemption for 10 years, on top of the prize money, while the winner of the Dubai World Championship tournament gets a European Tour exemption for five years.

In the beginning, the Race to Dubai had a bonus pool of USD 7.5 million to be distributed among the top 15 players of the tournament when the season ends. The winner takes USD 1.5 million. The bonus pool, as well as the number of players earning a part of the pool, changed over the years.

The Dubai World Championship also had changes to its prize fund as well as the number of golfers who can participate in the tournament. Organizers lowered the number of participants from 60 to 50 but increased the winner’s share to USD 3 million.

Current Ranking on Race to Dubai

Top 5




Billy Horschel (USA)



Tyrrell Hatton (Eng)



Collin Morikawa (USA)



Will Zalatoris (USA)



Jason Scrivener (Aus)



Rolex Series

The European Tour launched the Rolex Series in 2017. The series featured higher prizes compared to regular tour events. The series started with eight events, each with a minimum of USD 7 million in prizes.

  • BMW PGA Championship
  • Open de France
  • Irish Open
  • Scottish Open
  • Italian Open
  • Turkish Airlines Open
  • Nedbank Golf Challenge
  • DP World Tour Championship, Dubai

The three latter events were formerly known as the Final Series. Beginning in 2019, the Open de France was downgraded to a regular tour event while the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship became part of the Rolex Series.

The Turkish Airlines Open and the Nedbank Golf Challenge were both canceled in 2020 as a result of the pandemic’s effect on the season. The Irish and Italian opens were both relegated to regular tour events.

The Rolex Series 2021 only has four major events:

  • Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
  • Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open
  • BMW PGA Championship
European Tour Players

Here are the top 10 performing players in the 2021 Race to Dubai.

  1. Billy Horschel (USA)
  2. Tyrrell Hatton (Eng)
  3. Collin Morikawa (USA)
  4. Will Zalatoris (USA)
  5. Jason Scrivener (Aus)
  6. Paul Casey (Eng)
  7. Viktor Hovland (Nor)
  8. Rory McIlroy (Nir)
  9. Justin Rose (Eng)
  10. Tony Finau (USA)
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