2012 European Tour

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The 2012 European Tour was the fourth edition of the Race to Dubai and the 41st season of golf tournaments since the European Tour officially began in 1972.


The table below shows the 2012 European Tour schedule.[1] This table comprises 45 individual tournaments and one team competition, not counting three canceled tournaments. The 2011 European Tour schedule had contained 50 different individual tournaments (two of which were played twice, because of the long season) and two team events. There were two new tournaments in 2012: the Perth International and the BMW Masters. Seven of the 2011 tournaments left the schedule: the Iberdrola Open, the Czech Open, the Madrid Masters,[2] the Castelló Masters, the Andalucía Masters,[3] the Iskandar Johor Open, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship. The last named event was in fact played in December 2012 as usual, but counted as part of the 2013 season.

The season began in January with the Africa Open in South Africa, and culminated with the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai in November. The 2012 season therefore lasted only 11 months: this meant that the 2013 season could revert to the December-November format that had been last used for the 2010 season. The full schedule included the four major championships and four World Golf Championships.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner OWGR
5–8 Jan Africa Open South Africa South Africa Louis Oosthuizen (4) 20 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
12–15 Jan Joburg Open South Africa South Africa Branden Grace (1) 22 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
19–22 Jan Volvo Golf Champions South Africa South Africa Branden Grace (2) 32
26–29 Jan Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship United Arab Emirates England Robert Rock (2) 58
2–5 Feb Commercialbank Qatar Masters Qatar Scotland Paul Lawrie (7) 48
9–12 Feb Omega Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates Spain Rafael Cabrera-Bello (2) 48
16–19 Feb Avantha Masters India South Africa Jbe' Kruger (1) 20 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
22–26 Feb WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship United States United States Hunter Mahan (n/a) 76 World Golf Championships
8–11 Mar WGC-Cadillac Championship United States England Justin Rose (5) 78 World Golf Championships
15–18 Mar Open de Andalucía Costa del Sol Spain France Julien Quesne (1) 24
22–25 Mar Trophée Hassan II Morocco Northern Ireland Michael Hoey (4) 24
29 Mar–1 Apr Sicilian Open Italy Denmark Thorbjørn Olesen (1) 24
5–8 Apr Masters Tournament United States United States Bubba Watson (n/a) 100 Major championship
12–15 Apr Maybank Malaysian Open Malaysia South Africa Louis Oosthuizen (5) 36 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
19–22 Apr Volvo China Open China South Africa Branden Grace (3) 32 Co-sanctioned with the OneAsia Tour
26–29 Apr Ballantine's Championship South Korea Austria Bernd Wiesberger (1) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
3–6 May Reale Seguros Open de España Spain Italy Francesco Molinari (3) 30
10–13 May Madeira Islands Open - Portugal Portugal Portugal Ricardo Santos (1) 18 Dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour
17–20 May Volvo World Match Play Championship Spain Belgium Nicolas Colsaerts (2) 34
24–27 May BMW PGA Championship England England Luke Donald (7) 64 The European Tour's flagship event
31 May–3 Jun ISPS Handa Wales Open Wales Thailand Thongchai Jaidee (5) 28
6–9 Jun Nordea Masters Sweden England Lee Westwood (22) 26
14–17 Jun U.S. Open United States United States Webb Simpson (n/a) 100 Major championship
14–17 Jun Saint-Omer Open France South Africa Darren Fichardt (3) 18 Dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour
21–24 Jun BMW International Open Germany England Danny Willett (1) 30
28 Jun–1 Jul The Irish Open Northern Ireland Wales Jamie Donaldson (1) 38
5–8 Jul Alstom Open de France France Germany Marcel Siem (2) 46
12–15 Jul Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Scotland India Jeev Milkha Singh (4) 48
19–22 Jul The Open Championship England South Africa Ernie Els (27) 100 Major championship
25–28 Jul Lyoness Open Austria Austria Bernd Wiesberger (2) 24
2–5 Aug WGC-Bridgestone Invitational United States United States Keegan Bradley (n/a) 76 World Golf Championships
9–12 Aug PGA Championship United States Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy (4) 100 Major championship
23–26 Aug Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles Scotland Scotland Paul Lawrie (8) 30
30 Aug–2 Sep Omega European Masters Switzerland Scotland Richie Ramsay (2) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
6–9 Sep KLM Open Netherlands Sweden Peter Hanson (5) 30
13–16 Sep BMW Italian Open Italy Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (6) 28
28–30 Sep Ryder Cup United States European Union Team Europe n/a Team event, unofficial money
4–7 Oct Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Scotland South Africa Branden Grace (4) 46 Celebrity pro-am
11–14 Oct Portugal Masters Portugal Republic of Ireland Shane Lowry (2) 34
18–21 Oct ISPS Handa Perth International Australia United States Bo Van Pelt (n/a) 22 New tournament
Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
25–28 Oct BMW Masters China Sweden Peter Hanson (6) 56 New tournament
1–4 Nov WGC-HSBC Champions China England Ian Poulter (12) 64 World Golf Championships
8–11 Nov Barclays Singapore Open Singapore Italy Matteo Manassero (3) 48 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
15–18 Nov UBS Hong Kong Open Hong Kong Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez (19) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
15–18 Nov SA Open Championship South Africa Sweden Henrik Stenson (7) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
22–25 Nov DP World Tour Championship, Dubai United Arab Emirates Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy (5) 58 Tour Championship

Race to Dubai

Since 2009, the European Tour's money list has been known as the "Race to Dubai". It is based on money earned during the season and is calculated in euro, with earnings from tournaments that award prize money in other currencies being converted at the exchange rate available the week of the event. The following table shows the final top-10 in the 2012 standings and includes the bonus pool.

Rank Player Country Events Prize money ()
1 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 15 5,519,118
2 Justin Rose  England 13 3,768,345
3 Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa 16 3,187,364
4 Peter Hanson  Sweden 21 3,022,916
5 Ian Poulter  England 15 2,581,257
6 Branden Grace  South Africa 26 2,502,501
7 Luke Donald  England 13 2,373,540
8 Francesco Molinari  Italy 25 2,215,229
9 Graeme McDowell  Northern Ireland 16 1,945,056
10 Paul Lawrie  Scotland 25 1,910,381
  • Full list can be found here.

Ernie Els would have qualified for the DP World Tour Championship in 7th place but failed to meet the minimum required starts of 12.

Golfer of the Month

The winners of the European Tour Golfer of the Month Award:

Month Player Country
January Branden Grace  South Africa
February Paul Lawrie  Scotland
March Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland
April Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa
May Luke Donald  England
June Jamie Donaldson  Wales
July Ernie Els  South Africa
August Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland
September Ian Poulter  England
October Peter Hanson  Sweden
November Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain

See also


  1. "European Tour schedule". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 21 December 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Madrid Open wiped from calendar". ESPN. Associated Press. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Andalucia Masters canceled". ESPN. Associated Press. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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