The European Tour is the most elite of the three tours that are run by the PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association) European Tour, which includes the European Senior Tour and the Challenge Tour, a developmental league. This important Golf Tour was officially founded in 1972. This Tour is currently known as the DP World Tour due to sponsorships reasons.
Most events are contested in Europe, but others are held around the world. The season-ending championship event is held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and the European Tour co-sanctions the four majors of golf, three of which are held in the United States, and World Golf Championship events.
Based on ranking points and prize money, the European Tour is the second-most prestigious golf tour in the world, behind the U.S.’s PGA Tour.
From January through March, all events are held in the Asia and Africa, along with WGC events in the U.S. and then the Masters. After the Masters in April, the tour plays throughout Europe and remains there until the final weeks of the season, when it plays two tournaments in the UAE.
Throughout the season, a number of higher-profile events are given designation as the Rolex Series. These events pay more money than the standard events on this Tour.
The Race to Dubai was created in 2009 with a bonus pool that’s currently $5 million paid out to the top-five in the standings. In addition, the top-50 golfers in the standings are eligible to compete in the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai at the end of each season.
As of late 2021, Lee Westwood is the all-time money winner on the European Tour with $38.2 million in earnings. Rory McIlroy isn’t far behind at $37.4 million, followed by Sergio Garcia at $30.8 million.
Prior to 2009, the European Tour winner was considered to be the golfer who earned the most money in a season. Colin Montgomery holds the record with eight titles, followed by Seve Ballesteros with six. Westwood won in 2000 and has two Race to Dubai titles—2009 and 2020. McIlroy has the most Race to Dubai titles with three.