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2008 European Tour schedule released

The Wales Open, played for the first time at the new Twenty Ten course which will host the 2010 Ryder Cup, is one of the highlights of the 2008 European Tour schedule released on Monday.

The ninth edition of the Wales Open at the Celtic Manor resort in Newport from May 29-June 1 features next season among a minimum of 50 order of merit tournaments, the tour said in a news release.

Two new countries are on the schedule, with the Indian Masters being played at the Delhi Golf Club from Feb. 7-10 and the Korean Championship going ahead five weeks later at Pinx Golf Club, Jeju Island.

India stages a second event when the Johnnie Walker Classic is held at the DLF Golf and Country Club in New Delhi from Feb. 28-March 2.

Holders Europe will attempt to retain the Ryder Cup at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky from Sept. 19-21.

Leading up to the biennial match against the United States, each tournament will hold the additional lure of qualification points as players attempt to win a place in captain Nick Faldo's team.

The final counting event will be the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in Scotland from Aug 28-31.

15-18: Hong Kong Open, Hong Kong Golf Club, Fanling

22-25: Australian Masters, Huntingdale Golf Club, Melbourne

29-Dec 2: New Zealand Open, The Hills Golf Club, Queenstown

6-9: Dunhill Championship, Leopard Creek, Mpumalanga, South Africa

13-16: South African Open, Pearl Valley Golf Estates, Paarl, Western Cape

2008 Jan 17-20: Abu Dhabi Championship, Abu Dhabi Golf Club

24-27: Qatar Masters, Doha Golf Club

31-Feb 3: Dubai Desert Classic, Emirates Golf Club

Feb 7-10: Indian Masters, Delhi Golf Club

14-17: Singapore Masters, Laguna National Golf Club

20-24: WGC-Accenture Match Play, The Gallery Golf Club, Tucson, Arizona

21-24: Indonesia Open, TBA

28-Mar 2: Johnnie Walker Classic, DLF Golf & Country Club, New Delhi

Mar 6-9: Malaysian Open, TBA

13-16: Korean Championship, Pinx Golf Club, Jeju Island

20-23: WGC-CA Championship, Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Doral, Florida,

20-23: Madeira Open, Santo da Serra, Portugal

27-30: Andalucia Open, TBA

Apr 3-6: Portugal Open, Oitavos Dunes, Estoril

10-13: U.S. Masters, Augusta National, Georgia

17-20: China Open, Beijing CBD International Golf Club

24-27: Asian Open, Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club, Shanghai

May 1-4: Spanish Open, Real Club de Golf de Sevilla

8-11: Italian Open, Castello di Tolcinasco Golf Club, Milan

15-18: Irish Open, Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort, Limerick

22-25: PGA Championship, Wentworth, Surrey, England

29-Jun 1: Wales Open, The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport

Jun 5-8: Austrian Open, Fontana Golf Club, Vienna

12-15: U.S. Open, Torrey Pines Golf Club, La Jolla, California,

12-15: St Omer Open, St Omer Golf Club, Lumbres, France

19-22: BMW International, Golfclub Munich, Germany

26-29: French Open, Le Golf National, Paris

Jul 3-6: European Open, TBA

10-13: Scottish Open, Loch Lomond, Glasgow

17-20: British Open, Royal Birkdale, Southport, England

24-27: Players Championship of Europe, Gut Kaden, Hamburg

31-Aug 3: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio

Aug 7-10: U.S. PGA Championship, Oakland Hills Golf Club, Bloomfield Township, Michigan

14-17: Scandinavian Masters, Arlandastad Golf Club, Stockholm

21-24: Dutch Open, Kennemer Golf and Country Club, Zandvoort

28-31: Johnnie Walker Championship, Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland

Sept 4-7: European Masters, Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans Montana, Switzerland

11-14: Mercedes-Benz Championship, Gut Larchenhof, Cologne

19-21: Ryder Cup, Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Kentucky

25-28: British Masters, The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, England

Oct 2-5: Dunhill Links Championship, St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, Scotland

9-12: World Match Play Championship, Wentworth, Surrey, England

16-19: Portugal Masters, Oceanico Victoria Golf Club, Vilamoura

23-26: Mallorca Masters, Pula Golf Club, Spain

30-Nov 2: Volvo Masters, Valderrama, Spain

Nov 27-30: World Cup, Mission Hills Golf Club, Shenzen, China


October 16, 2007

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