The PGA European Tour was established in 1972. At that time, the tour consisted of 20 tournaments, 13 of which took place in Great Britain or Ireland.
The four so-called Majors (Masters, US Open, The Open Championship and PGA Championship) have since become an integral part of both the PGA European Tour and the PGA TOUR, but promoting them is the responsibility of third-party organisations. The PGA European Tour also organises the Ryder Cup in cooperation with the PGA of America.
The European Tour now encompasses almost 50 tournaments in more than 30 different countries. Since 2017, there have been the Rolex Series events, each with at least 7 million dollars in prize money. The smallest prize pot is EUR 1 million. The annual championship is called “Race to Dubai”; the last final tournament of every season is held in November with the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Today’s Omega European Masters in Crans-Montana has been part of the European Tour every year since 1972.