European Tour 2015: New events in Scotland, Germany, Thailand

Rory McIlroy won the 2014 Race to Dubai
Rory McIlroy won the 2014 Race to Dubai

There will be six new tournaments and seven new venues on the 2015 European Tour, organisers have announced.

July's Paul Lawrie Matchplay is at Murcar Links, Aberdeen, and the European Open is at Bad Griesbach, Germany, in September.

The Thailand Classic, Indian Open, Shenzhen International and Mauritius Open are also new.

And world number one Rory McIlroy hosts the Irish Open at Royal County Down - a new course - in late May.

There will be a minimum of 47 events across 11 months - with a possible return of the British Masters for the first time since 2008, in early October.

The full European Tour schedule for 2015,external-link which was released on Sunday, does not include the date and venue for the World Match Play Championship. It is yet to be decided after Volvo ended its sponsorship following this year's event at The London Club, won by Finland's Mikko Illonen.

Northern Ireland's world number 15 Graeme McDowell on the European Tour
"We want the revival of the iconic events on the European Tour. It's been a tough seven or eight years financially, losing events in Spain, Germany and the UK. But, things are changing, we're getting new sponsors and events like the British Masters and the European Open are going to return."
Read more in Graeme's BBC Sport blog

Keith Waters, the European Tour's chief operating officer, said: "We are pleased that our scheduling has enabled us to create significant clusters of tournaments in the same regions of the world, whether that be in Asia, the Middle East or indeed South Africa where we have six events next season.

"We can all look forward to a strong opening to the 2015 Race to Dubai."

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