Big changes on the European Tour in 2016!

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The European Tour is set to make some big changes in 2016, notably the elimination of the WGC-HSBC Champions event from the final series & also changes to it’s membership criteria.

imagesThe Final Series is currently made up of four events:

imagesWGC-HSBC-Champions-289x300imagesimagesThe season ending four event stretch will be reduced to three events, with the WGC-HSBC Champions event being eliminated.  Currently only players in the top 50 of the world rankings are exempt for this event, the European Tour deem this too restrictive for a Final Series event.

imagesVictor Dubuisson won this years Turkish Airlines Open, but wasn’t exempt to play in the following event, the WGC-HSBC Champions.  I think this is a great decision by the European Tour and I’m sure its one all the players will be in favour of.

imagesimagesThis is the final year that the BMW Masters will be played in the Final Series, in 2016 this event will be replaced by the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.

imagesimagesThe final change is to the number of events each member of the European Tour has to play to secure membership status.  The current requirement is 13 events (inc Majors & WGC’s) next year this will change to 5 events (not inc Majors & WGC’s).  This will give the players more leniency and reduce the risk of the European Tour losing its big names to the PGA Tour which has been the case in recent years.

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Rob Brooks.

 

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