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European Tour to include six new events for new season

Lee Westwood receives the Race to Dubai trophy
Lee Westwood (centre) won in Dubai to top the European standings

The new European Tour season, which starts in South Africa on Thursday, will feature six new tournaments.

The campaign will have a minimum of 47 tournaments and will once again end with the Dubai World Championship, in November 2010.

The six new tournaments include the Africa Open in South Africa, as well as events in Morocco and India.

But the European Open, which has been played every year since 1977, is not in the schedule for the new season.

The event, which was held at The London Club in Kent for the past two years, was backed by the same Leisurecorp company behind the Dubai World Championship.

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The season-ending event, which was won by Lee Westwood three weeks ago, had its prize fund and money list bonus pool cut by 25% following the global economic downturn.

But the European Tour has announced there will again be £9m up for grabs at the Jumeirah Estates in Dubai in 25-28 November 2010.

The six new tournaments are the Africa Open in South Africa, the Avantha Masters in India, the Hassan Trophy in Morocco, the Open Cala Millor Mallorca in Majorca, the Vivendi, at a venue yet to be announced, and the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama, Spain.

This September the Vivendi Trophy was a match play event between a Great Britain and Ireland team and one from Continental Europe.

However, with the Ryder Cup taking place in October 2010, the tournament will be individual stroke play next season.

A date has yet to be fixed for the Volvo World Match Play, which saw Ross Fisher win the 2009 edition last month, but it will be on the same Finca Cortesin course in Spain.

Wentworth, its previous home, will unveil its new look at the BMW PGA Championship in May.

As well as changes to all the greens, the 18th now features a ditch short of the putting surface.

The new season gets under way with the Dunhill Championship, Leopard Creek, South Africa, from 10-13 December.



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