02 May 2018

The European Tour’s busy summer begins

This year’s Rolex Series gets underway at the BMW PGA Championship as the first of eight elite events that showcase the very best that the European Tour has to offer. Comprising the national opens of Italy, France, Ireland, Scotland and Turkey as well as the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, the flagship event at Wentworth and the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, the Rolex Series brings together world-class fields to entertain golf fans like never before: on TV, online and on the course.

Big money

Each Rolex Series event carries a minimum prize-fund of $7million, with both the NedBank Golf Challenge and DP World Tour Championship eclipsing that with $7.5m and $8m respectively.

European Tour, Chief Executive, Keith Pelley (r) announces the Rolex Series with Rolex Global Head of Sponsorship and Partnership, Laurent Delanney prior to the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates on November 15, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Elite field

The fields will continue to be elite, led by world-class superstars from the European Tour. So far the defending champions have been confirmed for the first five Rolex Series events, with Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey both teeing it up at the PGA Championship at Wentworth. Expect to see many of the games leading lights play as Ryder Cup points earned at a PGA Tour event on the same week will not count in the race for Qualification for Thomas Bjorn’s side.

2018 Schedule

May 24BMW PGA CHAMPIONSHIPWentworth Club, Surrey, England
May 31ITALIAN OPENGardagolf CC, Brescia, Italy
Jun 28HNA OPEN DE FRANCELe Golf National, Paris, France
Jul 05DUBAI DUTY FREE IRISH OPENBallyliffin GC, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Nov 01TURKISH AIRLINES OPENRegnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, Antalya, Turkey
Nov 15DP WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP, DUBAIJumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2017 Recap

Alex Noren cards a final round, course record 62 to burst up the leaderboard and into the winner’s circle at Wentworth
Tommy Fleetwood hangs tough to win the biggest title of his career in Paris en route to topping the Race to Dubai
Jon Rahm shows irresistible touch to win by six at a wet and windy Portstewart for his first European title
Rafa Cabrera Bello confidently dispatches Callum Shinkwin in a playoff on the links of Dundonald for his third career win.
Tyrrell Hatton birdies five of the last six to win the biggest title of his career by one shot from Ross Fisher in Italy
Justin Rose putts the lights out with a gutsy win in Turkey and make a late charge for the Race to Dubai
Branden Grace is the home hero at South Africa’s NedBank Golf Challenge thanks to a final round 66
Rahm is at it again on the biggest stage at Jumeirah Golf Estates, winning by one stroke on 19-under
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