Three new events for 2006 European Tour
Three new tournaments and two new venues have been included in the 2006 European Tour schedule announced by the Tour on Monday.
The season was launched in Shanghai, China last week with the inaugural Champions tournament, won by Britain's David Howell who held off world number one Tiger Woods to secure the third European Tour title of his career.
The other two events making their debuts on the Tour's international schedule are The Royal Trophy in Bangkok, Thailand, the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in the United Arab Emirates. The Austrian Open returns after nine years.
The Royal Trophy, being held at Bangkok's Amata Spring Country Club from Jan. 7 to 8, will pit Europe's elite players against the best of Asia in a Ryder Cup-style competition.
The Abu Dhabi Golf Championship will be staged at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club from Jan. 19 to 22 while the Austrian Open will take place at the Fontana Golf Club in Vienna, Austria, from Jun. 8 to 11.
In all, 50 events will feature on the 2006 European Tour, with the four majors representing the pinnacle.
Woods will defend his U.S. Masters crown at Augusta National from Apr. 6 to 9 and his British Open title at Hoylake, England from July 20 to 23.
New Zealand's Michael Campbell will defend the U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club, New York, from June 15 to 18 and Phil Mickelson will attempt to retain the U.S. PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club, Illinois, from Aug. 17 to 20.
"I think there are certainly enough tournaments on the 2006 schedule," European Tour executive director George O'Grady told Reuters.
"But we need to continue to put them into good segments which make them really attractive for world players to want to play and that sucks everybody else up.
"You can never be happy with the total amount when we are in such a competitive environment, particularly with the U.S. PGA Tour where so many of our leading tour members play as well."
Two new courses will feature on the Tour for the first time next year.
Beijing's Honghua International Golf Club will host the China Open from Apr. 13 to 16 and The Grove in Hertfordshire, England will stage the WGC-American Express Championship from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1.
Nov 10-13 Champions tournament Shanghai, China
Nov 24-27 China Open Shenzhen
Dec 1-4 Hong Kong Open Hong Kong
Dec 8-11 Dunhill Championship Mpumalanga, South Africa
Dec 15-18 South African Open George, South Africa
Jan 7-8 The Royal Trophy Bangkok, Thailand
Jan 19-22 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship Abu Dhabi
Jan 26-29 Qatar Masters Doha
Feb 2-5 Dubai Desert Classic Dubai
Feb 9-12 Johnnie Walker Classic Perth, Australia
Feb 16-19 Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur
Feb 22-26 WGC-Accenture Match Play Carlsbad, California
Mar 2-5 TBC
Mar 9-12 TBC
Mar 16-19 TCL Classic Hainan Island, China
Mar 23-26 Madeira Island Open Madeira, Portugal
Mar 30-2 Portuguese Open Penina
Apr 6-9 U.S. Masters Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
Apr 13-16 China Open Beijing, China
Apr 20-23 Asian Open Shanghai, China
Apr 27-30 Spanish Open Cadiz, Spain
May 4-7 Italian Open Milan, Italy
May 11-14 British Masters TBC
May 18-21 Irish Open Maynooth, County Kildare
May 25-28 BMW Championship Virginia Water, England
June 1-4 Wales Open Newport, Wales
June 8-11 Austrian Open Vienna
June 15-18 U.S. Open Winged Foot, New York
June 15-18 Aa St Omer Open St Omer, France
June 22-25 Johnnie Walker Championship Gleneagles, Scotland
June 29-2 French Open Paris, France
July 6-9 European Open Straffan, Ireland
July 13-16 Scottish Open Loch Lomond, Scotland
July 20-23 British Open Hoylake, England
July 27-30 The Players Championship of Europe Hamburg, Germany
Aug 3-6 Scandinavian Masters Malmo, Sweden
Aug 10-13 KLM Open Zandvoort, The Netherlands
Aug 17-20 U.S. PGA Championship Medinah, Illinois
Aug 17-20 Russian Open Mocow
Aug 24-27 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Akron, Ohio, U.S
Aug 31-3 BMW International Open Munich, Germany
Sept 7-10 European Masters Crans Montana, Switzerland
Sept 14-17 World Match Play Championship Wentworth, England
Sept 22-24 Ryder Cup Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland
Sept 28-1 WGC-American Express Championship The Grove, England
Oct 5-8 Dunhill Links Championship St Andrews, Scotland
Oct 12-15 TBC
Oct 19-22 Mallorca Classic Majorca, Spain
Oct 26-29 Volvo Masters Valderrama, Spain
Dec 7-10 WGC-World Cup TBC
November 15, 2005
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