It is part of the PGA European Tour, which is what operates the European professional men’s golf tours. The Challenge Tour, and European Seniors Tour, are also a part of the PGA European Tour. This is the main European golf tour. Although the main events of the tour occur in Europe, there have been many other events that have been held outside of Europe as well. Both the World Golf Championship and Majors are part of the events that were held outside of Europe in 2015. Most of the European-based events take place in Western Europe, with the most important ones taking place in Ireland, France, the UK, Spain, and Germany.
European Senior Tour
This professional tour is for golfers that are male and over the age of 50. Founded in 1992, the total prize fund for this tour in 2008 was EUR 7,729,284. This amount, however, was a lot less than the amount that winners received in the US Champions Tour. The most important event in the seniors tour is called the Senior British Open Championship.
Among the many winners of the Senior Tour, some notable winners include Tommy Horton from England, who was a 5 time champion starting from the year 1993 and then continuing with a 4 year streak from 1996 to 1999 and Carl Mason from England, who won 3 times in the years 2003, 2004, and 2007.
Just like the PGA European Tour, some events of this tour happen outside of Europe. A total of 17 points are given to the winner of the Grand Final. However, in 2014, the number of points were raised, and an extra point was added for the winner of the Grand Final. This tour began in 1986, initially termed the Satellite Tour. The name was finally changed in 1990.
Those that manage to beat the Challenge Tour qualify to play for the European Tour the next year. Among the many, 15 players directly qualify to play in the European Tour. Among the many winners of the Challenge Tour, some of them include Henrik Stenson from Sweden, who won the Tour in 2000 and Edoardo Molinari from Italy who won in 2009.
Founded in 1978, the games took place in various courses within England until 1994. In 1995, however, the European Open was held in Scotland until 2007. It eventually moved back to England again in 2008 near Kent. An important tour as such had a prize money of EUR 2.4 million in 2008, meaning that it had a bigger cash prize compared to the World Golf Championships and the European Tour that is outside of the major championships.
Some notable winners of the European Open are David Gilford from England in 1994 and from the Smurfit European Open, Per Ulrik Johansson from Sweden in the years 1996 and 1997. Stephen Dodd from Wales should also be mentioned for Smurfit Kappa European Open 2006.