The European Tour celebrates men’s professional golf on a global stage. In 2016, the European Tour International Schedule features 47 tournaments in 27 countries, all part of the Race to Dubai, the year-long competition which crowns the European Tour Number One at the end of the season, a title claimed in 2015 by Rory McIlroy for the third time.
Since its formation in 1972, the European Tour has witnessed 24 Members celebrate a total of 50 Major Championship titles between them, enjoyed ten Members attaining the pinnacle of World Number One and has celebrated its diversity as players from 36 different countries have won on Tour.
The European Tour also manages the Challenge Tour, which features 28 tournaments in 22 countries in 2016, and the Senior Tour, which features 13 tournaments in nine countries in 2016. It is also the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe, the body which, alongside the PGA of America, administers golf’s greatest team contest, The Ryder Cup.
The European Tour broadcasts live coverage of its tournaments to over 490 million homes in more than 150 countries every week, generating in excess of 2200 global broadcast hours for each event. It also enjoys the support of many of the world’s leading business brands with Rolex, BMW, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Emirates and Titleist as Official Partners.
The present Board is: David Williams (Chairman), Angel Gallardo (Vice Chairman), Paul Eales, Chris Hanell, David Jones, Robert Lee, John O’Leary, Mark Roe, , David J Russell, Ove Sellberg and Jamie Spence. Damon Buffini, Sophie Goldschmidt and Jutta af Rosenborg are Non-Executive Directors.
The present Tournament Committee comprises: Thomas Björn (Chairman), Felipe Aguilar, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño, Michael Hoey, David Howell, Miguel Angel Jiménez, Robert Karlsson, Paul Lawrie, Peter Lawrie, Paul McGinley, Edoardo Molinari, Francesco Molinari, Henrik Stenson, Graeme Storm, Bernd Wiesberger