The European Tour has unveiled its full schedule for 2021 - and there's plenty on it to excite Scottish fans.
As chief executive Keith Pelley revealed on last week's episode of The bunkered Podcast, the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open returns to its traditional summer slot having moved to October this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It will take place from for the third year running at The Renaissance Club in East Lothian from July 8-11, the week before the Open Championship at Royal St George's.
The Scottish Open will be one of four Rolex Series events on the schedule - along with the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, BMW PGA Championship and DP World Tour Championship - and will carry a prize fund of $8million, a $1million increase on 2020.
Elsewhere in the home of golf, after staging the hastily-arranged Scottish Championship this year, Fairmont St Andrews is rewarded with the Hero Open, which will take place from August 5-8, whilst the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship returns to the schedule after a one-year hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. It will take place at the Old Course, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie from September 30 to October 3, the week after the rescheduled Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.
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Other highlights from the 2021 schedule include:
• Increased prize funds for all four UK Swing events in July / August;
• The second event of the UK Swing (July 29-Aug 1) – whose details will be announced early next year – will be co-sanctioned with the LET/LPGA;
• The UK Swing will have a Bonus Pool for the players in addition to a charity element;
• Prize funds for the new tournaments in Tenerife and Gran Canaria in April will each be €1.5million. The Portugal Masters, which follows these two events, will also increase to €1.5million;
• The prize fund for the Betfred British Masters, which will be hosted by Danny Willett at The Belfry, will rise to €2million from €1.25million
• Prize funds for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the Italian Open will each rise to €3million, from €1.25million and €1million respectively.
All told, the schedule comprises 42 events in 24 countries.
“I am incredibly
proud to announce our 2021 global schedule today, one that once again
sees us journey through continents and across the world," said Keith Pelley.
“With the pursuit of Ryder Cup points beginning again in January for our European members, qualification spots now available for our Rolex Series events, a sustained pursuit of innovation and a continued celebration of our wonderful heritage, it is understandable that our overarching narrative for this season is that: ‘Every Week Counts.’
“There is no question that the challenge of reshaping our 2020 season in many ways informed our approach to 2021. One of the key learnings was to group events together in terms of their geographical location to create a more travel friendly season for our members. That is reflected in numerous concentrations of event locations."
European Tour 2021 schedule in full
Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, Abu Dhabi GC, UAE
Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Emirates GC, UAE
Saudi International, Royal Greens GC, Saudi Arabia
WGC-Mexico Championship, Chapultepec GC, Mexico
Oman Open, Al Mouj Golf, Oman
Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, Education City GC, Qatar
Magical Kenya Open, Karen CC, Kenya
WGC-Dell Technoliogies Match Play, Austin CC, USA
The Masters, Augusta National GC, USA
Tenerife Open, Golf Costa Adeje, Tenerife
Gran Canaria Open, TBC
Apr 29-May 2
Portugal Masters, Dom Pedro Victoria, Portugal
European Event, TBC
Betfred British Masters, The Belfry, England
US PGA Championship, Kiawah Island, USA
Made in HimmerLand, HimmeLand, Denmark
Porsche European Open, Green Eagle GC, Germany
Scandinavian Mixed, Valida G&CC, Sweden
US Open, Torrey Pines GC, USA
BMW International Open, Golfclub Munchen Eichenreid, Germany
Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Mount Juliet, Ireland
Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, The Renaissance, Scotland
The Open, Royal St George's England
Jul 29-Aug 1
UK Event, TBC
Jul 29-Aug 1
Olympic Men's Golf Competition, Kasumigaseki GC, Japan
Hero Open, Fairmont St Andrews, Scotland
WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational, TPC Southwind, USA
English Open, TBC
D+D Real Czech Masters, Albatross Golf Resort, Czech Republic
Omega European Masters, Crans-sur-Sierre GC, Switzerland
Italian Open, Marco Simone GC, Italy
BMW PGA Championship, Wentworth, England
KLM Open, Bernardus Golf, The Netherlands
Ryder Cup, Whistling Straits, USA
Sep 30-Oct 3
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, St Andrews / Kingsbarns / Carnoustie, Scotland
Open de Espana, Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Spain
Estrella Damm Andalucia Masters, Valderrama, Spain
Trophee Hassan II (TBC), Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Morocco
WGC-HSBC Champions, Sheshan International GC, China
Hero Indian Open, TBC
Volvo China Open, Genzon GC, China
Nedbank Golf Challenge, Gary Player CC, South Africa
DP World Tour Championship, Jumeirah Golf Estates, UAE