(CNN) -- The 2010 European Tour golf schedule -- known as the Race to Dubai -- will feature a minimum of 47 events, including six new tournaments, culminating in the Dubai World Championship at the Jumeirah Golf Estates on November 25-28 -- the official European Tour Web site has confirmed.
The schedule will be launched with four events in South Africa -- two either side of Christmas -- starting with the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club this week, and will then travel through four continents before building to the thrilling climax in Dubai.
The curtain came down on The 2009 Race to Dubai with England's Lee Westwood finishing the year in style by winning the Dubai World Championship and securing the overall European number one position in the process.
The second edition of the Dubai World Championship will again carry a prize fund of $7,500,000 while The Race to Dubai Bonus Pool remains at $7,500,000 to be divided between the leading 15 players at the conclusion of the season.
The European Tour's flagship event -- the BMW PGA Championship - will take place over the new-look West Course at Wentworth Club from May 20-23 when the world's best golfers will encounter the extensive renovations for the first time.
The 2010 Ryder Cup, at The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales from October 1-3, will be a key feature of the 2010 season, with players vying for a place in Colin Montgomerie's European Team to face the United States -- until the qualification campaign ends at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles from August 26-29.