European Tour reshuffles schedule in wake of PGA Tour changes

Following the PGA Tour’s shake-up of its calendar for 2019, the European Tour has reshuffled its schedule.

Most notably, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth – the European Tour’s flagship event – has been moved forward four months to September to avoid a clash with the US PGA Championship, which was moved back to May.

The French Open will switch from late June to October. It has also been removed from the prestigious Rolex Series, where it has been replaced by the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

The European Tour will go to Saudi Arabia for the first time, with the staging of the Saudi International in late January. Other new events on the schedule include Australia’s Vic Open and the Kenya Open, which has been promoted from the Challenge Tour.

The British Masters has also been saved following an 11th-hour deal that will see Tommy Fleetwood take on the role of host at Hillside Golf Course in his hometown of Southport.

It had been feared the event – which is switching from October to May – would drop off the calendar after its sponsorship with Sky Sports came to an end.