The European Tour is the second richest professional golf tour on the planet. With a schedule that stretches from Hong Kong to Dubai, via England, South Africa and even Mauritius, European Tour events allow golf lovers to see some of the finest players in the world, in some superb tourist destinations. Find a tournament near you by checking out the European Tour Golf tickets at StubHub.
The PGA European Tour: A little background info
The European Tour is an organisation which arranges and hosts professional golf competitions across the world. Starting in December, the Tour begins with a series of tournaments in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, before hitting European shores in March. From then until the Dubai World Championship in November, pros battle it out on the "Race to Dubai" to qualify for one of the game's biggest prizes.
The European Tour started out in 1972 as a rival to America's PGA Tour. At first, the tournaments were relatively small, poorly attended and restricted to the UK, but as European golf took off in the 70s and 80s, this all changed. Events like the French Open, the Scandinavian Masters and the Volvo Masters all attracted huge crowds, and the presence of superstars like Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo helped to build their profile even more.
Over the years, the European Tour has come to rival its American cousin. Nowadays, you'll find players in the world top 20 competing even in smaller European Tour events. The standard has improved dramatically as a result, and crowds have kept pace, making European Tour golf tickets a superb event for anyone who enjoys watching the game played at its highest level.
Highlights in the European Tour schedule
Every season, the European Tour produces memorable finishes at its most prestigious events, and the schedule is packed with potential highlights. For instance, you could check out the BMW PGA Championship. Played at Wentworth in the UK, the PGA is always a tight occasion. 2017's edition was a classic, with Sweden's Alex Noren storming from ten shots back to win via a course record round of 62.
However, if you aren't in the UK, there are other options. The Open de France (held at Le Golf National near Paris) attracts US pros as well as Europe's best, as does the Irish Open. But above all, golf fans should check out the Final Series. Consisting of the Turkish Open, the Nedbank Challenge and the Dubai World Tour Championship, the Final Series is Europe's equivalent to the Fedex Cup, and sees the game's elite competing for a vast prize fund.