The European Tour

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.[1]

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.