Golf - South Africa gets most European Tour events

South Africa has replaced Spain as the jewel in the European Tour crown after being given six tournaments on the 2012-13 schedule released by officials on Sunday.

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The new campaign kicks off with the inaugural Nelson Mandela Championship in Durban from December 6-9 before moving on to the Alfred Dunhill Championship at the Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane a week later.

South Africa also stages the Volvo Golf Champions event in January plus three tournaments in February and March - the Joburg Open, Africa Open and the new Tshwane Open in Centurion.

Spain, which hosted seven tour events in 2011 and three this year, is down to one on the new schedule - the Spanish Open at a venue to be arranged in April.

The country's economic crisis has had a profound effect on top-level golf with sponsors disappearing and prize funds being withdrawn.

The Sicilian Open and Madeira Islands Open do not appear on the new schedule but there are three blank weeks and the tour are still hoping those two tournaments can continue.

The Hong Kong Open, which has been staged every year since 2002, is also missing from the calendar but will return for the 2013-14 season.

Schedule

Dec 6-9 Nelson Mandela Championship, Royal Durban Golf Club, South Africa

13-16 Alfred Dunhill Championship, Leopard Creek Country Club, Malelane, South Africa

January 10-13 Volvo Golf Champions, Durban Country Club, South Africa

17-20 Abu Dhabi Championship, Abu Dhabi Golf Club

23-26 Qatar Masters, Doha Golf Club

Jan 31- Feb 3 Dubai Desert Classic, Dubai Emirates Golf Club

7-10 Joburg Open, Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, South Africa

14-17 Africa Open, East London Golf Club, Eastern Cape, South Africa

21-24 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, Arizona

Feb 28- Mar 3 Tshwane Open, Copperlead Golf and Country Club, Centurion, South Africa

7-10 WGC-Cadillac Championship, Doral Golf Resort and Spa, Doral, Florida

14-17 Avantha Masters, Jaypee Greens Golf Club, Greater Noida, Delhi

21-24 Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, Malaysia

28-31 Hassan Trophy II, Golf de Pulais Royal, Agadir, Morocco April 4-7 TBA (to be announced)

11-14 US Masters, Augusta National, Georgia

18-21 Spanish Open de Espana, TBA

25-28 Ballantine's Championship, Blackstone Golf Club, Icheon, Seoul, South Korea

May 2-5 China Open, Binhai Lake Golf Club, Tianjin

9-12 TBA

16-19 World Match Play Championship, Thracian Cliffs Golf Club, Kavarna, Bulgaria

23-26 PGA Championship, Wentworth, Surrey, England

30-Jun 2 Stockholm Masters, Bro Hof Slott Golf Club, Sweden

6-9 Austrian Open, Diamond Country Club, Atzenbrugg

13-16 US Open, Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pennsylvania

13-16 St Omer Open, St Omer Golf Club, Lumbres, France

20-23 BMW International Open, Munich Golf Club, Eichenreid, Germany

27-30 Irish Open, Carton House, Maynooth, County Kildare Jul 4-7 French Open, Le Golf National, Paris

11-14 Scottish Open, Castle Stuart, Inverness

18-21 The Open, Muirfield, Scotland

25-28 Russian Masters, TBA Aug 1-4 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Akron, Ohio

8-11 U.S. PGA Championship, Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, New York

15-18 TBA

22-25 Johnnie Walker Championship, Gleneagles, Scotland 29-Sept 1 Wales Open, Celtic Manor Resort, Newport

5-8 European Masters, Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans Montana, Switzerland

12-15 Dutch Open, Kennemer Golf and Country Club, Zandvoort

19-22 Italian Open, TBA

26-29 Dunhill Links Championship, St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie, Scotland Oct 3-6 Seve Trophy, TBA

10-13 Portugal Masters

17-20 Perth International, Lake Karrinyup Country Club, Western Australia

24-27 BMW Masters, Lake Malaren Golf Club, Shanghai 31-3 Nov WGC-HSBC Champions, Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai

7-10 Turkish Open, The Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Antalya

14-17 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, Jumeirah Estates

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