PGA European Tour

SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 15: David Griffiths of England on the par five 8th hole during the final round of the Volvo China Open at the Shanghai Silport Golf Club on April 15, 2007 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
PGA European Tour events are among the most prestigious on the world golfing calendar. For fans, familiarity with all the big-name PGA European Tour players adds to the excitement of games and allows for informed betting.

The PGA European Tour started way back in 1972. It has grown considerably since then and now stages 49 events in 26 countries, with over 80 million pounds in prize money on offer.

The European Tour now co-sanctions tournaments with other PGA Tours; it endorses events on the Sunshine Tour (South Africa), the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Asian Tour. This effectively makes the European Tour the unofficial worldwide tour.

Growth in Asia

With the substantial purses on offer, there has been a marked increase in events in Asia that are co-sanctioned by the Asian and PGA European Tours. Asian events worth noting are the HSBC Champions tournament and the Volvo China Open, which both offer substantial prize money that’s on a par with the biggest tournaments in the world.

The “Big Daddy” of the European Tour is The British Open, probably the most distinguished golf event in the word bar none. Other high-profile European Tour events include

Best Players

Some of the best golfers in the world play for the European Tour. Examples include