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Last Updated: Monday, 9 October 2006, 17:22 GMT 18:22 UK
Euro Tour breaks 50 events mark
Golf
The 2007 European Tour will feature a record minimum number of 50 events counting towards the Order of Merit.

This compares to the 21 tournaments staged by the 36-year-old Tour in 1977, 27 in 1987, and 34 in 1997.

Two new events are included - next month's MasterCard Masters in Melbourne and the Portugal Masters next October.

Director of international policy Keith Waters said organisers were "delighted and encouraged" at passing the 50 events mark for the first time.

The BMW International Open and the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles change places in the calendar.

The former will take place in Munich from 21-24 June 21-24, and the latter is moved to 30 August-2 September.


European Tour 2007 schedule (beginning Nov 2006):

2006
Nov 9-12 HSBC Champions, Shanghai, China
6-19 Hong Kong Open
23-26 MasterCard Masters, Melbourne, Australia

Nov 30-Dec 3 New Zealand Open, Auckland
Dec 7-10 Alfred Dunhill Championship, South Africa
14-17 SA Airways Open, South Africa

2007
Jan 11-14 TBC
18-21 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship
25-28 Qatar Masters, Doha

Feb 1-4 Dubai Desert Classic
8-11 Malaysian Open
15-18 Indonesian Open, Jakarta
22-25 WGC Match Play, Tucson, Arizona

March 1-4 Johnnie Walker Classic, TBC
8-11 Singapore Masters
15-18 TCL Classic, TBC
22-25 WGC-CA Championship, Florida
22-25 Madeira Island Open, Portugal

March 29-April 1 Open de Portugal, Estoril
April 5-8 The Masters, Augusta National
12-15 China Open, Shanghai
19-22 Asian Open, Shanghai
26-29 Open de Espana, Madrid

May 3-6 Italian Open, Milan
10-13 TBC
17-20 Irish Open, Co. Limerick
24-27 BMW Championship, Wentworth, Surrey

May 31-June 3 Wales Open, Newport
June 7-10 BA-CA Golf Open, Vienna
14-17 US Open, Oakmont
14-17 St Omer Open, France
21-24 BMW International Open, Germany

June 28-July 1 Open de France, Paris
July 5-8 European Open, Ireland
12-15 Scottish Open, Loch Lomond
19-22 136th Open Championship, Carnoustie
26-29 Players' Championship of Europe, Hamburg

Aug 2-5 WGC Invitational, Ohio
2-5 Russian Open, Moscow
9-12 USPGA Championship, Tulsa, Oklahoma
16-19 Scandinavian Masters, Malmo, Sweden
23-26 KLM Open, Holland

Aug 30-Sept 2 Johnnie Walker Championship, Gleneagles
Sept 6-9 European Masters, Switzerland
13-16 Mercedes-Benz Championship, TBC
20-23 British Masters, The Belfry
27-30 Seve Trophy, Co. Laois, Ireland

Oct 4-7 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Scotland
11-14 World Match Play Championship, Wentworth
11-14 Open de Madrid, TBC
18-21 Portugal Masters, Vilamoura
25-28 Mallorca Classic, Spain

Nov 1-4 Volvo Masters, Valderrama, Spain



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