European Tour Announces 2002 Schedule


The European Tour released its 2002 schedule on Friday, which will consist of 44 tournaments in 22 different countries, including new stops in Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The season will begin in late November in the latter country, Taiwan, as players take to the Westin Resort Ta Shee for the BMW Asian Open. From there, they will travel to Hong Kong for the Hong Kong Open from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. Both events are co-sanctioned between the European and Asian PGA Tours.
The third new event on the slate for 2002 will be the ANZ Championship to be played in Sydney from Feb. 7-10. It is co-sanctioned by the Australasian Tour.
The season wraps up in the second week of November with the 15th playing of the Volvo Masters in Spain.
In between, however, the season promises to be another exciting year of world-class golf.
As well as the four traditional major championships, the tour will include all four of the World Golf Championships.
Three of those events will visit new venues for 02. The Accenture Match Play Championship returns to La Costa Resort and Spa in California, while the NEC Invitational moves to Sahalee Country Club in Seatle.
While the American Express Championship was cancelled in 2001 due to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th, Mount Juliet in Ireland will play host to the 02 event.
The only noticeable missing attraction for next season seems to be the absence of the $5 million Dunhill Links Championship.
While the event switched formats from a team tournament to a pro-am in 2001 ' and, in the process, increased its purse to the richest ever in Britian ' tournament organizers have asked that it be removed from the schedule while Dunhill considers its future position.
In the events inaugural 2001 edition, foul weather plagued the event every day and forced a Monday finish.
The European Tour has announced that they should have some sort of word within a week as to whether or not the event will be contested in 2002.
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