European Tour schedule for Jan 2018
With the successful year ending events at Australian PGA Championship won by Cameron Smith and Joburg Open won by the first time champion Shubhankar Sharma, European Tour moves forward to a hopeful 2018 season with BMW SA Open at Ekurhuleni on Jan 11, 2018, added by EurAsia Cup, and two more listed below.
European Tour’s schedule for Jan 2018 looks like this:
- BMW SA Open hosted by the city of Ekurhuleni – Jan 11 – 14
- EurAsia Cup – Jan 12 – 14
- Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA – Jan 18 – 21
- Omega Dubai Desert Classic – Jan 25 – 28
BMW SA Open hosted by the city of Ekurhuleni
BMW SA Open is one of the oldest national open golf championships in the world and is one of the principal tournaments on the Sunshine Tour. The tournament was started in 1903 and since 1999 it has been co-sanctioned by the European Tour.
The championship was contested for just 36 holes until 1908, when it was extended to a 72-hole tournament. Gary Player has been the most successful player in the tournament’s history, with 13 victories over four decades from 1956 to 1981.
In Jan 2018, Graeme Storm will be defending his title, which he won in a playoff against Rory McIlroy.
EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM is a biennial men’s professional team golf tournament between teams representing Europe and Asia. First played in 2014, superseding the Royal Trophy which had been played from 2006 to 2013.
The event is scheduled from Jan 12 – 14, 2018, at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club, west of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where Team Europe will be looking forward to the gain an extra lead on the Asian Team, which has still not won in the last two meetings. Asian Team will be captained by Arjun Atwal, replacing Jeev Milkha Singh and the European Team will be led by Thomas Bjorn, replacing Darren Clarke.
Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA
Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is a European Tour golf tournament that was staged for the first time in 2006, played at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
Since coming on board as the tournament’s headline sponsor in 2010, HSBC has played a key role in driving the Championship forward. In addition to helping local organiser, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, attract the game’s greatest players to the emirate, the Championship prize fund has grown to US$ 2.7 million during its association with the “World’s Local Bank”.
Tommy Fleetwood, the current Race to Dubai Rankings winner will be defending his title from Jan 18 – 21, 2018, which he won in 2017 by defeating Dustin Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal by a stroke.
Omega Dubai Desert Classic
Omega Dubai Desert Classic is an annual professional golf tournament on the European Tour, which takes place in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It has been part of the European Tour schedule since its inauguration in 1989, and was the first European Tour event to be staged in the Middle East. Except for the 1999 and 2000 editions held at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, it has been played on the “Majlis” course at Emirates Golf Club.
The event has a prize fund of $3,000,000, and was won by Sergio Garcia in 2017 after defeating Henrik Stenson by 3-strokes.