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European Tour announce record 2007 schedule

The 2007 European Tour will feature a record number of 50 official-money events, tour officials said Monday as they unveiled their busiest, most ambitious calendar ever. By contrast, they noted, the 1977 European Tour included only 21 tournaments, while the 1987 slate had 27 and the 1997 calendar featured 34 tournaments.

There are two new events on the 2007 schedule, the MasterCard Masters in Australia and the Portugal Masters, while the Blue Chip New Zealand Open returns, along with the Mercedes Benz Championship, which replaces the German Masters.

"We share with all sports the incentive to break records, and we are naturally both delighted and encouraged to announce, that for the first time in our 36-year history, there will be more than 50 tournaments on the schedule," said Director of International Policy Keith Waters.

The Portugal Masters will be staged Oct. 18-21 at Victoria Clube de Golfe in Vilamoura, from October 18-21, 2007. That will be first of a minimum three-year arrangement and will be jointly staged by The European Tour and the Portugese Tourist Board.

The tournament further enhances Portugal's commitment to The European Tour, as the country already playing host to two consecutive weeks of golf, starting with the Mar. 22-25 Madeira Island Open and the Mar. 29-Apr. 1 Portugal Open.

There are also several significant date changes 2007, most notably in terms of the BMW International Open and the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, which exchange places in the calendar, the former taking place June 21-24 in Munich, Germany, while the latter takes place Aug. 30-Sept. 2 at The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland.

Also moving dates are The Quinn Direct British Masters which will be staged Sept. 19-23 at The De Vere Belfry in England, while the HSBC World Match Play Championship at Wentworth Club reverts to its former traditional date of Oct. 11-14, 2007.

Here is the 2007 European Tour Schedule:

Nov. 9-12 HSBC Champions Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China
Nov. 16-19 UBS Hong Kong Open Hong Kong GC, Fanling, Hong Kong
Nov. 23-26 MasterCard Masters Huntingdale GC, Melbourne, Australia
Nov. 30-Dec. 3 Blue Chip New Zealand Open Gulf Harbour CC, Auckland, New Zealand
Dec. 7-10 Alfred Dunhill Championship Leopard Creek, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Dec. 14-17 South African Airways Open Humewood GC, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Jan. 11-14 TBC TBC
Jan. 18-21 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship Abu Dhabi GC, Abu Dhabi
Jan. 25-28 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Doha GC, Qatar
Feb. 1-4 Dubai Desert Classic Emirates GC, Dubai
Feb. 8-11 Maybank Malaysian Open Saujana G&CC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Feb. 15-18 Indonesian Open Damai Indah G&CC, Jakarta, Indonesia
Feb. 22-25 WGC-Accenture Match Play Gallery GC, Tucson, Arizona
Mar. 1-4 Johnnie Walker Classic TBC
Mar. 8-11 Singapore Masters Laguna National GC, Singapore
Mar. 15-18 TCL Classic TBC, China
Mar. 22-25 WGC-CA Championship Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Miami, Florida
Mar. 22-25 Madeira Island Open Santo da Serra, Madeira, Portugal
Mar. 29-Apr. 1 Portugal Open Oitavos, Estoril, Portugal
Apr. 5-8 The Masters Augusta National, Augusta Georgia
Apr. 12-15 Volvo China Open Shanghai Silport GC, China
Apr. 19-22 BMW Asian Open Tomson Shanghai Pudong GC, Shanghai, China
Apr. 26-29 Spanish Open Centro National de Golf, Madrid, Spain
May 3-6 Telecom Italia Open Castello di Tolcinasco G&CC, Milan, Italy
May 10-13 TBC TBC
May 17-20 Irish Open Adare Manor, Adare, Ireland
May 24-27 BMW Championship Wentworth Club, Surrey, England
May 31-June 3 Celtic Manor Wales Open Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales
June 7-10 BA-CA Golf Open Fontana GC, Vienna, Austria
June 14-17 U.S. Open Oakmont CC, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
June 14-17 Aa St. Omer Open Aa St. Omer GC, Lumbres, France
June 21-24 BMW International Open Golfclub M?nchen-Nord, Eichenried, Germany
June 28-July 1 Alstom French Open Le Golf National, Paris, France
July 5-8 Smurfit Kappa European Open K Club, Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland
July 12-15 Barclays Scottish Open Loch Lomond, Glasgow, Scotland
July 19-22 British Open Carnoustie GC, Carnoustie, Scotland
July 26-29 Deutsche Bank Players' Championship Gut Kaden, Hamburg, Germany
Aug. 2-5 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio
Aug. 2-5 Russian Open Le Meridien Moscow CC, Moscow, Russia
Aug. 9-12 PGA Championship Southern Hills, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Aug. 16-19 EnterCard Scandinavian Masters Barseback G&CC, Malmo, Sweden
Aug. 23-26 KLM Open TBC, Netherlands
Aug. 30-Sept. 2 Johnnie Walker Championship Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland
Sept. 6-9 Omega European Masters Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans Montana, Switzerland
Sept. 13-16 Mercedes-Benz Championship TBC, Germany
Sept. 20-23 Quinn Direct British Masters De Vere Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, England
Sept. 27-30 Seve Trophy Heritage G&CC, Killenard, Co. Laois, Ireland
Oct. 4-7 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship St. Andrews, Scotland
Oct. 11-14 HSBC World Match Play Wentworth Club, Surrey, England
Oct. 11-14 Madrid Open TBC, Spain
Oct. 18-21 Portugal Masters Victoria GC, Vilamoura, Portugal
Oct. 25-28 Mallorca Classic Pula GC, Majorca, Spain
Nov. 1-4 Volvo Masters Valderrama GC, Sotogrande, Spain

October 10, 2006

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