European Tour adds new tournaments for 2018

Golf’s European Tour has today (Friday) confirmed the addition of new events in Belgium, Oman and the Philippines to its 2018 calendar, while Gleneagles in Scotland will also host the inaugural European Golf Team Championship.

The Oman Golf Classic will take place at Almouj Golf in Muscat from February 15-18, while the Philippines Golf Championship is scheduled to run from March 15-18, with a venue yet to be announced.

Rinkven International Golf Course in Antwerp will host the Belgian Knockout from May 17-20, one week before the European Tour heads to the Wentworth Club in Surrey, England, for the PGA Championship.

Keith Waters, chief operating officer of the European Tour, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce three new events as part of the 2018 European Tour schedule, providing vital playing opportunities for our members.

“It also combines diversity, visiting 30 different countries on the Race to Dubai, and innovation, through varied formats such as the new Belgian Knockout and Golf Sixes alongside more traditional strokeplay events, including the eight Rolex Series tournaments.”

Gleneagles, site of the 2014 Ryder Cup, was already confirmed to stage the first edition of the European Golf Team Championship from August 8-12. The tournament is a mixed gender event that will form part of the European Championships, a multi-sports event that is being hosted jointly by Glasgow in Scotland and the German capital of Berlin.

Other key events on the 2018 calendar include the US Masters, which runs from April 5-8 at Augusta National in Austin, Texas, and the US Open, taking place at Shinecock Hills in New York from June 14-17.

The 2018 edition of the Ryder Cup will be played at Le Golf National in Paris, France, from September 28-30, and although Tour organisers confirmed that the British Masters will run from October 11-14, a venue has not yet been confirmed for the event.

In addition, the Golf Sixes, which was staged for the first time earlier this year, is to return to the calendar in 2018. Organisers have confirmed dates of May 5-6 for the fast-format contest, but have not yet revealed where it will take place.