The 2017 European Tour schedule will encompass 48 tournaments, one more than a year ago.
The new player in the game is the Rolex Series, which will each have a minimum prize fund of $7 million. Seven tournaments will be part of this series, including the three at the end of the year that decide the winner of the Race to Dubai.
The other tournaments involved are the BMW PGA Championship (May 25-28); the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open (July 6-9); the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open (July 13-16); the Italian Open (October 12-15), the Turkish Airlines Open (November 2-5); the Nedbank Golf Challenge (November 9-12) and the DP World Tour Championship (November 16-19).
An additional tournament will be added next week.
Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “The 2017 season promises to be a very significant one for the European Tour, with the start of the Rolex Series and the inclusion of three returning events in Portugal, Sicily and Spain, plus at least one more tournament to be confirmed shortly.
“That will give us 48 tournaments around the world, once again demonstrating the global footprint of the European Tour, while at the same time offering a wide range of playing opportunities for our members.”