The European Tour has today announced its full 2018 schedule and they’ve made a few changes. Here’s what you can expect in the new season.

A New Beginning

Hong Kong is now the first destination on the calendar with the UBS Hong Kong Open starting November 23rd; the event has moved forward two weeks to be the curtain raiser this season ahead of the Australian PGA Championship.

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Fresh Editions

We have four new events and three new countries to look forward to in 2018. Belgium, Oman and the Phillipines all get a spot on Europe’s main tour this year with the NBO Oman Golf Classic (Feb 15th-18th), the Phillipines Golf Championship (Mar 15th-18th) and the new innovative Belgian Knockout (May 17th-20th). Gleneagles will play host to the inaugural European Golf Team Championships at the beginning of August.

Rolex Series

The Rolex Series includes the same eight events, all with the same prize fund except for the Nedbank Golf Challenge which gains $500,000 to $8million and matches the DP World Tour Championship.

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The season will again conclude with the Turkish Airlines Open, Nedbank Golf Challenge and DP World Tour Championship, but the Italian Open (this year taking place mid-October) has been brought forward to the week following the BMW PGA Championship in May.

The HNA Open de France, Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open all keep their places from the end of June to mid-July in consecutive weeks.

What the Tour’s said

Unsurprisingly, the Tour’s authorities are pleased with the new schedule and believe it is an improvement for players and spectators alike.

European Tour Chief Operating Officer, Keith Waters, told “We are delighted to be able to announce three new events as part of the 2018 European Tour schedule, providing vital playing opportunities for our members.”

“It also combines diversity, visiting 30 different countries on the Race to Dubai, and innovation, through varied formats such as the new Belgian Knockout and GolfSixes alongside more traditional stroke-play events, including the eight Rolex Series tournaments.”

You can view the full 2018 European Tour schedule here.