The European Tour celebrates men’s professional golf on a global stage. In 2017, the European Tour International Schedule features a minimum of 47 tournaments in 26 countries, including eight Rolex Series events, all part of the Race to Dubai.
Celebrating the global connectivity of the European Tour and Dubai, the Race to Dubai is a season-long competition to crown the European Tour’s Number One player, an honour which in 2016 went to Sweden’s Henrik Stenson for the second time, and which since 2009 has also been achieved three times by Rory McIlroy, as well as by Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald. Formerly known as the Order of Merit, points are accumulated based on prize money won, with the top 10 ranked players at the end of the season sharing a $5million Race to Dubai bonus pool.
Since its formation in 1972, the European Tour has witnessed 26 Members celebrate a total of 52 Major Championship titles between them, enjoyed ten Members attaining the pinnacle of World Number One and has celebrated its diversity as players from 36 different countries have won on the Tour.
The European Tour also manages the Challenge Tour, which featured 28 tournaments in 22 countries in 2016, and the Senior Tour, which featured 13 tournaments in nine countries in 2016. It is also the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe, the body which, alongside the PGA of America, administers golf’s greatest team contest, The Ryder Cup.
The European Tour broadcasts live coverage of its tournaments to more than 490 million homes in more than 150 countries every week, generating in excess of 2,200 global broadcast hours for each event. It also enjoys the support of many of the world’s leading business brands with Rolex, BMW, Emirates and Titleist as Official Partners.
The present Board is: David Williams (Chairman), Angel Gallardo, Paul Eales, Chris Hanell, David Jones, Rob Lee, Paul McGinley, John O'Leary, Mark Roe, D J Russell, Ove Sellberg, Jamie Spence, Jutta af Rosenborg, Damon Buffini and Sophie Goldschmidt.
The present Tournament Committee comprises: David Howell (Chairman), Felipe Aguilar, Thomas Bjørn, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Michael Hoey, Robert Karlsson, Paul Lawrie, Peter Lawrie, Paul McGinley, Edoardo Molinari, James Morrison, Henrik Stenson, Graeme Storm, Anthony Wall and Bernd Weisberger.