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PGA European Tour

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The PGA European Tour is an organization that operates three of the leading men’s professional golf tours in Europe: the European Tour, the European Senior Tour and the developmental Challenge Tour.

Headquartered in Surrey, England, the European Tour is controlled by its playing members via an elected board of directors of past and present tour golfers.

For nearly 50 years, The European Tour has been one of the most prestigious professional golf tours in the world, helping to establish the careers of major champions and world number one ranked golfers such as Seve Ballesteros, Sir Nick Faldo and Bernhard Langer. Founded in 1972, the Tour has developed considerably over the years, as its schedule now features 46 tournaments in 29 countries.

Each tournament is a Race to Dubai event, an annual, season-long competition that determines the Tour’s Number One player, a designation that champions like Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose have earned in the past. In addition to providing dozens of tournaments to some of the world’s most successful golfers, The European Tour also manages the Challenge Tour (offering at least 25 tournaments for up and comers) and the Staysure Senior Tour (providing at least 16 tournaments for professionals aged 50 and over).

The European Tour is also the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe, which, along with the PGA of America, oversees the biennial Ryder Cup.

Aside from its association with the Ryder Cup, the game’s greatest players, newcomers and seasoned veterans, The European Tour is also well-known for its wide ranging audience. Every week, the Tour broadcasts its tournaments (live) to roughly 490 million homes in at least 150 countries. Every event results in more than 2,220 broadcast hours globally.

Over the years, The European Tour has celebrated the major championship successes of 28 members who have claimed 54 majors between them so far. Furthermore, 10 members have been named the number one ranked golfer in the world. Aside from the overwhelming success of its members, the Tour has also developed a reputation for diversity the last five decades, as players from around the world—representing 36 countries—have won tournaments.

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