European Tour confirms changes
The European Tour are to introduce a 'Final Series' of four big-money events at the end of next season - two in China, one in Turkey and then one in Dubai.
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Total prize money of almost £19million will be offer at the BMW Masters, WGC-HSBC Champions, Turkish Open and the DP World Tour Championship.
In a bid to strengthen the fields as much as possible, players will only be eligible for the season-ending showdown if they compete in two of the first three - and if they are at all three then their points on the 'Race to Dubai' money list will receive a 20 per cent bonus.
Tour chief executive George O'Grady said: "The introduction of 'The Final Series' and the associated changes to the structure are being made to bring even more drama and excitement to the conclusion of our season and to further enhance the 'Race to Dubai'.
"We felt there had to be an additional level of commitment from the membership to these important tournaments, hence the new regulation.
"The response from our leading players to this change has been extremely encouraging and we take confidence from their support as we look to continue the positive evolution of the European Tour in an extremely challenging economic climate."
This season's money list race was settled two weeks ago when Rory McIlroy came third at the Singapore Open and the revised schedule makes that less likely, but still possible.
World number one McIlroy also caused controversy by staying away from the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai at the start of this month, preferring to play a one-day match against Tiger Woods elsewhere in China before flying off to watch girlfriend Carolina Wozniacki play tennis in Bulgaria.
The financial problems across Europe are reflected in the fact that Spain has gone from seven tournaments last year to only one next season. That is the Spanish Open on April 18-21 at a venue yet to be announced, although Miguel Angel Jimenez - who last week became the circuit's oldest-ever winner - is still hoping to continue with the Andalucian Open he promotes.
The Wales Open at Celtic Manor switches from the end of May to the end of August, while the only event in England all year will be the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on May 16-19.
For the first time, the Wales Open will be the opening event in the battle for places in Europe's 2014 Ryder Cup team.
That has traditionally been the European Masters in Switzerland, but that comes the following week.
Schedule for the 2013 European Tour:
6-9 Nelson Mandela Championship, Royal Durban, South Africa
13-16 Alfred Dunhill Championship, Leopard Creek, South Africa
10-13 Volvo Champions, Durban Country Club, South Africa
17-20 Abu Dhabi Championship, Abu Dhabi
23-26 Commercialbank Qatar Masters, Doha, Qatar
31-Feb 3 Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Emirates, Dubai
7-10 Joburg Open, Royal Johannesburg and Kensington, South Africa
14-17 Africa Open, East London, South Africa
21-24 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Dove Mountain, Tucson, Arizona, United States
28-Mar 3 Tshwane Open, Copperleaf, South Africa
7-10 WGC-Cadillac Championship, Doral, Miami, Florida, United States
14-17 Avantha Masters, Jaypee Green, Delhi, India
21-24 Maybank Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
28-31 Hassan Trophy, Royal Palace, Adagir, Morocco
11-14 US MASTERS, AUGUSTA NATIONAL, AUGUSTA, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES
18-21 Reale Seguros Spanish Open, venue to be announced
25-28 Ballantine's Championship, Blackstone, Icheon, South Korea
2-5 Volvo China Open, Binhai Lake, Tianjin, China
16-19 Volvo World Match Play Championship, Thracian Cliffs, Kavarna, Bulgaria
23-26 BMW PGA Championship, Wentworth, Surrey, England
30-Jun 2 Nordea Master, Bro Hof Slott, Stockholm, Sweden
6-9 Lyoness Open, Diamond CC, Atzenbrugg, Austria
13-16 US OPEN, MERION, ARDMORE, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES
13-16 Open Najeti, Aa Saint Omer, Lumbres, France
20-23 BMW International Open, Munchen Eichenried, Munich, Germany
27-30 Irish Open, Carton House, Maynooth, Co Kildare, Ireland
4-7 Alstom French Open, Le Golf National, Paris, France
11-14 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, Castle Stuart, Inverness, Scotland
18-21 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP, MUIRFIELD, GULLANE, SCOTLAND
25-28 Russian Masters, venue TBA
1-4 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Firestone, Akron, Ohio, United States
8-11 USPGA CHAMPIONSHIP, OAK HILL, ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
22-25 Johnnie Walker Championship, Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland
29-Sep 1 ISPS Handa Wales Open, Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales
5-8 Omega European Masters, Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland
12-15 KLM Open, Kennemer, Zandvoort, Holland
19-22 Italian Open, venue TBA
26-29 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, St Andrews, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns, Scotland
3-6 Vivendi Seve Trophy, venue TBA
10-13 Portugal Masters, venue TBA
17-20 Perth International, Lake Karrinyup, Perth, Australia
24-27 BMW Masters, Lake Malaren, Shanghai, China
31-Nov 3 WGC-HSBC Champions, Sheshan International, Shanghai China
7-10 Turkish Open, Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Antalya, Turkey
14-17 DP World Tour Championship, Jumeirah Estates, Dubai