The PGA European Tour is an organisation which operates the three leading men’s professional golf tours in Europe: the elite European Tour, which is the principal golf tour in Europe; the Senior Tour, for players aged fifty or older; and the developmental Challenge Tour. Its headquarters are at Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, Surrey, England. The European Tour was established by the British-based Professional Golfers’ Association through the 1970s, and responsibility was transferred to an independent PGA European Tour organisation in 1984.
Most tournaments on the this Tour’s three tours are held in Europe, but starting in the 1980s an increasing number have been held in other parts of the world; in 2015 a majority of the ranking events on this Tour were held outside Europe, though this included both Majors and World Golf Championship events that are ranking events for multiple tours. Europe-based events are nearly all played in Western Europe, with the most lucrative of them taking place in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France and Spain.