The European Golf Tour, also known as the European golf circuit, is an important circuit of professional male golf tournaments that is played in Europe, although for several years it has spread to several countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa as they are China, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, South Africa or Morocco, among others.
The European Golf Tour belongs to an organization called PGA European Tour, whose headquarters are located in the Wentworth Golf Club, in Surrey, United Kingdom. It was officially born in 1971, when John Jacobs, a well-known English golf player and professor, was named general director of PGA tournaments.
The PGA European Tour organizes in parallel the European Senior Tour, for professional players with senior category and the Challenge Tour, which serves as training and launch for golf professionals who want to access the European Tour, where the amounts in prizes are considerably higher. The European Golf Tour is also an organizing part of the Ryder Cup, the biennial competition between Europe and the United States.
COVERAGE AND PRIZES
This golf circuit transmits its tournaments live to millions of people in more than 150 countries and has brands that sponsor events such as Rolex, BMW, Titleist or the Hilton hotel chain.
In the current year 2019, there will be a total of 47 tournaments in 29 countries. Belonging to this circuit will be held on June 27 to 30, 2019, the Andalusian Masters, at Real Club Valderrama, located in Cádiz. Also, from October 3 to 6, the Open of Spain will be held, possibly in the same venue as the year 2018, the National Golf Center, in Madrid.
The amount of money in prizes in the European Golf Tour tournaments varies greatly depending on the companies sponsoring the tournaments and other factors. In this year 2019, the amounts in prizes go from 1 million € of the Masters of the Czech Republic to 8,000,000 $ of the DP World Tour Championship Dubai, which is celebrated in the United Arab Emirates.
There is a ranking of players that takes as a reference to the prizes that are won by players as they play tournaments throughout the year. This ranking began calling itself in the beginning “Order of Merit”, although at present it is called “Race to Dubai”.
To access the European Tour there is a Qualifying School (classification school) which is held in phases in the months of September, October and November of each year in various fields in Europe. Grants the first 25 players classified in the final ranking (more tied) the member card of the European Tour to be able to play the following year.
Once a professional golf player gets the European Tour player card, he has to win prize money in the tournaments during that year in order to keep the Tour player card and opt to play the following year.
A professional player can also obtain the European Tour player card if he is classified among a certain number of positions in the final ranking of the Challenge Tour circuit. Depending on the position obtained, you can access to play a specific number of tournaments on the European Tour.
There are 14 different categories of a player card of the European Golf Tour, which determine which tournaments a player can play. The inclusion of a player in one category or another depends on the merits or results obtained in the past tournaments. This includes the tournaments considered “majors” (big), the world ranking of golf, other important tournaments, classifications in other circuits, Challenge Tour, Qualifying School, etc.
THE EUROPEAN GOLF TOUR WEB
The European Tour has a web space in which it provides information about the calendar of competitions, tokens of all European Tour players, the ranking of winnings (Race to Dubai), news, summary videos, etc.
There is the possibility of following in real time the classification board of a tournament as it is played since it is updated in short periods of time.
Indicates the total number of strokes, what hole they are playing, what result they have that day, their results in previous rounds, etc.
In the tab of each player, there is a section called “stats” (statistics) where we can see the statistics of the game of each player, such as:
Stroke Average: Average number of strokes per round.
Fairways per round: Streets reached by turn.
Greens per round: Greens reached per round.
Putts per GIR: Putts per green.
Putts per round: Putts per round.
Sand saves: Sacks of bunker saved.