SA gets lion's share in golf

2012-11-25 16:15

Dubai - South Africa has replaced Spain as the jewel in the European Tour crown after being given six tournaments on the 2012-13 schedule released by officials on Sunday.

The new campaign kicks off with the inaugural Nelson Mandela Championship in Durban from December 6-9 before moving on to the Alfred Dunhill Championship at the Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane a week later.

South Africa also stages the Volvo Golf Champions event in January plus three tournaments in February and March - the Joburg Open, Africa Open and the new Tshwane Open in Centurion.

Spain, which hosted seven tour events in 2011 and three this year, is down to one on the new schedule - the Spanish Open at a venue to be arranged in April.

The country's economic crisis has had a profound effect on top-level golf with sponsors disappearing and prize funds being withdrawn.

The Sicilian Open and Madeira Islands Open do not appear on the new schedule but there are three blank weeks and the tour are still hoping those two tournaments can continue.

The Hong Kong Open, which has been staged every year since 2002, is also missing from the calendar but will return for the 2013-14 season.

The European Tour's international schedule for 2013:

December 2012

6-9 - Nelson Mandela Championship, Royal Durban, South Africa

13-16 - Alfred Dunhill Championship, Leopard Creek, South Africa

January 2013

10-13 - Volvo Champions, Durban Country Club, South Africa

17-20 - Abu Dhabi Championship, Abu Dhabi

23-26 - Qatar Masters, Doha, Qatar

31-Feb 3 - Dubai Desert Classic, Emirates, Dubai


7-10 - Joburg Open, Royal Johannesburg and Kensington, South Africa

14-17 - Africa Open, East London, South Africa

21-24 - WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Dove Mountain, Tucson, Arizona, United States

28-Mar 3 - Tshwane Open, Copperleaf, South Africa


7-10 - WGC-Cadillac Championship, Doral, Miami, Florida, United States

14-17 - Avantha Masters, Jaypee Green, Delhi, India

21-24 - Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

28-31 - Hassan Trophy, Royal Palace, Adagir, Morocco


11-14 - US Masters, Augusta National, Georgia, United States

18-21 - Spanish Open, venue to be announced

25-28 - Ballantine's Championship, Blackstone, Icheon, South Korea


2-5 - Volvo China Open, Binhai Lake, Tianjin, China

16-19 - Volvo World Match Play Championship, Thracian Cliffs, Kavarna, Bulgaria

23-26 - BMW PGA Championship, Wentworth, Surrey, England

30-Jun 2 - Nordea Master, Bro Hof Slott, Stockholm, Sweden


6-9 - Lyoness Open, Diamond CC, Atzenbrugg, Austria

13-16 - US Open, Merion, Ardmore, Pennsylvania, Unite States

13-16 - Saint Omer Open , Lumbres, France

20-23 - BMW International Open, Munchen Eichenried, Munich, Germany

27-30 - Irish Open, Carton House, Maynooth, Co Kildare, Ireland


4-7 - French Open, Le Golf National, Paris, France

11-14 - Scottish Open, Castle Stuart, Inverness, Scotland

18-21 - Open Championship, Muirfield, Gullane, Scotland

25-28 - Russian Masters, venue TBA


1-4 - WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Firestone, Akron, Ohio, United States

8-11 - USPGA Championship. Oak Hill, Rochester, New York, United States

22-25 - Johnnie Walker Championship, Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland

29-Sep 1 - Wales Open, Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales


5-8 - European Masters, Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland

12-15 - KLM Open, Kennemer, Zandvoort, Holland

19-22 - Italian Open, venue TBA

26-29 - Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, St Andrews, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns, Scotland


3-6 - Vivendi Seve Trophy, venue TBA

10-13 - Portugal Masters, venue TBA

17-20 - Perth International, Lake Karrinyup, Perth, Australia

24-27 - BMW Masters, Lake Malaren, Shanghai, China

31-Nov 3 - WGC-HSBC Champions, Sheshan International, Shanghai China


7-10 - Turkish Open, Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Antalya, Turkey

14-17 - DP World Tour Championship, Jumeirah Estates, Dubai