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The PGA European Tour is a top-level professional men's golf tour. Its headquarters are at Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, Surrey, England. This tour is the primary golf tour in Europe. In worldwide prestige, the European Tour is generally considered a close second to the PGA TOUR in the United States. Despite the "PGA" in its name, the European Tour is completely separate from the PGA TOUR and the PGA of America. It was first established by the British based Professional Golfers' Association, but became independent of its parent in 1984. Its tournaments are mostly held in Europe, but in recent years, it has expanded to other parts of the world outside of North America. Only one of the events held in Europe takes place east of the former Iron Curtain, and that clashes with the PGA Championship and has one of the smallest purses of the season. Golfer teeing off at the start of a hole Golf is an outdoor game where individual players or teams play a small ball into a hole using various clubs. ... Professional golf is one of the more lucrative professional sports in the world for both men and women, but it is has a very different structure from other sports, especially team sports. ... Wentworth Club is a golf and country club and health resort on the the county of Surrey on the south western fringes of London, not far from Windsor Castle. ... Virginia Water is a village in Surrey in the United Kingdom. ... Surrey is a county in southern England, one of the Home Counties. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... World map showing location of Europe A satellite composite image of Europe Europe is geologically and geographically a peninsula, forming the westernmost part of Eurasia. ... The PGA Tour is an organization which is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA. It operates the USAs main professional golf tours. ... Founded in 1916, the Professional Golfers Association of America is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, United States and claims to be the largest working sports organization in the world with more than 27,000 members. ... The Professional Golfers Association is the professional body which represents the interests of teaching and club golf professionals in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. ... World map showing location of Europe A satellite composite image of Europe Europe is geologically and geographically a peninsula, forming the westernmost part of Eurasia. ... World map showing location of North America A satellite composite image of North America North America is the third largest continent in area and in population after Eurasia and Africa. ... In the summer of 1989, the foreign ministers of Austria and Hungary, Alois Mock and Gyula Horn, ceremoniously cut through the border defences separating their countries. ... The PGA Championship is an annual golf tournament, conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America as part of the PGA TOUR. The PGA Championship is one of the four Major Championships in mens golf, and it is the golf seasons final major, being played in August. ...


The European Tour conducts the Ryder Cup Matches in cooperation with the PGA of America. The Ryder Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially in an event officially called the Ryder Cup Matches by teams from Europe and the United States. ... Founded in 1916, the Professional Golfers Association of America is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, United States and claims to be the largest working sports organization in the world with more than 27,000 members. ...

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History

Professional golf began in Europe, specifically in Scotland. The first professionals were clubmakers and greenkeepers who also taught golf to the wealthy men who could afford to play the game (early handmade equipment was expensive) and played "challenge matches" against one another for small purses. The first multi-competitor strokeplay tournament was The Open Championship, which was introduced in 1860. That year it was for professionals only, and attracted a field of eight. The following year amateurs were permitted to enter. Unlike in many other sports which originated in the United Kingdom, the amateur-professional divide never created major problems in golf, at least at the elite competitive level. Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Alba) is a country in northwest Europe, occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain. ... Stroke play is a scoring system for golf (compare to match play). ... The Champions Belt & The Claret Jug. ...


Over the few decades following the creation of The Open Championship the number of golf tournaments with prize money increased slowly but steadily. Most were in the United Kingdom, but there were also several "national opens" in various countries of Continental Europe. However, for many decades it remained difficult if not impossible for golfers to earn a living from prize money alone. From 1901 the British professionals were represented by The Professional Golfers' Association, and it was this body which ultimately created the European Tour. The Professional Golfers Association is the professional body which represents the interests of teaching and club golf professionals in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. ...


By the post-World War II period prize money was becoming more significant, encouraged by the introduction of television coverage. However each event was organised separately by a golf club, association, or a commercial promoter. In the U.S. a formal PGA Tour had existed since the 1930s, and in 1972 The Professional Golfers' Association introduced the PGA European Tour. In its early years the season ran for six months from April to October, and was based entirely in Europe, and mainly in Great Britain and Ireland. For example the 1972 season consisted of twenty tournaments, of which 12 were in the United Kingdom and one was in the Republic of Ireland. Of the seven events in Continental Europe, six were "national opens", namely the Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swiss Opens. The seventh was the Madrid Open. Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... The PGA Tour is an organization which is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA. It operates the USAs main professional golf tours. ... Continental Europe is the continent of Europe, explicitly excluding the European islands and peninsulae. ...


Over the next three decades the tour gradually lengthened and globalised. 1982 saw the introduction of the first event outside of Europe, namely the Tunisian Open. In that year there were 27 tournaments and the season stretched into November for the first time. In 1984 the PGA European Tour became independent of The Professional Golfers' Association.


The European Tour has always been sensitive to the risk that its best players will leave to play on the PGA Tour: both for the higher purses it offers almost every week, and to increase their chances of glory in the three majors played in the U.S. by acclimatising and playing more on U.S.-style courses. In an attempt to counter this it introduced the "Volvo Bonus Pool" in 1988. This was an extra pot of prize money which was distributed at the end of the season to the most successful players of the year - but only golfers who had played in a high number of the European Tour's events received a share. This system continued until 1998, after which renewed emphasis was placed on maximising the prize money in individual tournaments. The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the Majors are the four most prestigious annual golf tournaments in mens professional golf. ...


In 1989 the tour visited Asia for the first time for the Dubai Desert Classic. By 1990 there were 38 events on the schedule, including 37 in Europe, and the start of the season had moved back to February. A first visit to East Asia followed for the 1992 Johnnie Walker Classic in Bangkok. This has since proved to be one of the most notable initiatives in the history of the tour, as East Asia is becoming almost its second home. Shortly afterwards the tour also made its debut in the former Soviet Bloc at the 1994 Czech Open, but much less has come of this development as participation in golf in the region remains low and sponsors there are unable to compete financially with their West European rivals for the limited number of slots available on the main tour each summer. However the second tier Challenge Tour has visited Central and Eastern Europe somewhat more frequently. In 1995 the European Tour began a policy of co-sanctioning tournaments with other PGA Tours, by endorsing the South African PGA Championship on the Southern African Tour (now the Sunshine Tour). This policy was extended to the PGA Tour of Australasia in 1996, and most extensively to the Asian Tour. The Dubai Desert Classic is an annual golf tourament which is usually played in March. ... East Asia can be defined in either cultural or geographic terms. ... The Johnnie Walker Classic is a PGA European Tour golf tournament which is played in the Asia Pacific region. ... During the Cold War, the Eastern Bloc (or Soviet Bloc) comprised the following Central and Eastern European countries: Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, East Germany, Poland, Albania (until the early 1960s, see below), the Soviet Union, and Czechoslovakia. ... The Challenge Tour is the second tier mens professional golf tour in Europe. ... Professional golf is one of the more lucrative professional sports in the world for both men and women, but it is has a very different structure from other sports, especially team sports. ... The Sunshine Tour is a mens professional golf tour based in Southern Africa. ... The PGA Tour of Australasia is a prominent golf tour for men. ... The Asian Golf Tour is the principal mens professional golf tour in Asia except for Japan, which has a separate tour. ...


While the golf authorities in the various parts of the world, all of which are independent as the sport has no global governing body, co-operate harmoniously on the whole, there is also room for rivalry. The European Tour is very self-conscious about its position relative to the PGA Tour, but the two have steadily moved closer together on the course. In 1998 the European Tour added the three U.S. majors to its official schedule. The leading Europeans had all been competing in them for many years, but now their prize money counted towards the European Tour Order of Merit, which sometimes made a great deal of difference to the end-of-season rankings. The following year the three individual World Golf Championships, also usually played in America, and also offering far more prize money than most European events, were established and added to the European Tour schedule. Since the minimum number of events that a player must play to retain membership of the European Tour has long been eleven, this meant that international players could in theory become members of the tour by playing just four events on it apart from the majors and the World Golf Championships, which all elite players enter in any case. Players such as Ernie Els and Retief Goosen have taken advantage of this to play the PGA and European Tours concurrently and even Tiger Woods, who has sometimes played nine of the necessary eleven events, once suggested that he might enter the extra four required so that he could win the European Order of Merit, although he is yet to do so. The World Golf Championships are a group of four annual events for male professional golfers created by the International Federation of PGA Tours. ... Theodore Ernest (Ernie) Els (born October 17, 1969) is a South African golfer. ... Retief Goosen (born February 3, 1969 in Pietersburg (now Polokwane), South Africa) is a professional golfer. ... Tiger Woods giving a driving demonstration aboard the USS George Washington Eldrick Tiger Woods (born December 30, 1975, Cypress, California), is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time. ...


Status and prizemoney

It is beyond dispute that the European Tour is the second most important tour in men's golf, behind the PGA Tour and well ahead of all the others. What is harder to define is its standing relative to the PGA Tour and whether that has risen or fallen in recent years.


The total 2005 prize fund on the PGA Tour is approximately $250 million. On the European Tour it is over £80 million or around $150 million, which is sixty percent as much (it isn't possible to give a precise total in any currency until the end of the season as there are prize funds in several different currencies, and they are converted at the weekly rate). However both of these totals include around $50 million in prize money for seven co-sanctioned events, namely the majors and the World Golf Championships, and excluding these the European Tour has approximately 50% as much prize money. It can be argued that since PGA Tour members have had far more wins and top ten finishes in the seven co-sanctioned events in recent years, the 50% figure is a better reflection of the actual resources of the European Tour relative to its rival. The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the Majors are the four most prestigious annual golf tournaments in mens professional golf. ... The World Golf Championships are a group of four annual events for male professional golfers created by the International Federation of PGA Tours. ...


As of early 2005 four of the top ten players in the Official World Golf Rankings are full members of the European Tour, namely Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington. In addition Vijay Singh has registered as a member for the first time since 1998, but it is unclear how many events he intends to play in Europe; probably very few. All five of these men are also members of the PGA Tour, and they have moved to it as their main or joint main tour after playing in Europe first. It is unknown for elite players to move in the opposite direction. The European Tour is traditionally the first overseas move for outstanding players from non-European countries in the British Commonwealth, which have long been a major source of golf's elite, for example Greg Norman and Nick Price, and these men tended to move to the PGA Tour as a second step. It seems however that the European Tour is losing this role, with the likes of Adam Scott choosing to move directly to the U.S. Additionally there is a trend for young golfers from the United Kingdom to play mainly on the PGA Tour. In some cases, such as that of top twenty ranked Luke Donald this is a natural follow through from taking a golf scholarship at a U.S. university; such scholarships are not available in Europe. The Official World Golf Rankings are a system for rating the performance level of male professional golfers. ... Theodore Ernest (Ernie) Els (born October 17, 1969) is a South African golfer. ... Retief Goosen (born February 3, 1969 in Pietersburg (now Polokwane), South Africa) is a professional golfer. ... Sergio García (born January 9, 1980 in Castellon, Spain), nicknamed El Niño, is a Spanish golfer who plays both on the United States PGA TOUR and the PGA European Tour. ... Padraig Harrington (born 31st August 1971 in Dublin, Ireland) is a professional golfer. ... Vijay Singh (born February 22, 1963 in Lautoka, Fiji) is a golfer on the PGA TOUR who has won three Major tournaments (one Masters in 2000 and two PGA Championships in 1998 and 2004) and was the leading money winner in 2003 and 2004. ... Flag of the Commonwealth of Nations The Commonwealth of Nations is a voluntary association of independent sovereign states, most of which were once governed by the United Kingdom and are its former colonies. ... Greg Norman (born February 10, 1955 in Queensland, Australia), is an Australian professional golfer who spent 331 weeks as the worlds number one ranked golfer in the 1980s and 1990s. ... Nick Price (born January 28, 1957 in Durban, South Africa), is a professional golfer. ... Adam Scott (born June 16, 1980 in Adelaide, Australia), is a professional golfer and one of a crop of young Australians plying their trade on the major golf tours. ... Luke Donald (b. ...


When continental Europe produced its first global golf stars in the 1970s, such as Seve Ballesteros, and especially when Europe began to notch up wins over the United States in the Ryder Cup in the mid 1980s, there was widespread optimism about the future standing of the European Tour relative to the PGA Tour. This has lessened somewhat as several major European countries, for example Germany and Italy, have not produced high ranked golfers on a regular basis as was anticipated at that time. Nonetheless, the number European countries which have produced winners on the European Tour has increased steadily, with notable strength in depth developing in the Scandinavian countries. Also, the prize funds of many European Tour events have increased rapidly since the late 1990s. There is a list of prize funds here (http://www.europeantour.com/tournaments/schedule.sps?iTourID=1) (note that they are not all announced in advance, and those which are not fixed in Euros are only converted into the Euros after the event). Leaving aside the majors and World Golf Championship events, which are the most lucrative on the schedule, there is still much more variation in prize funds than on the PGA Tour, but two key tiers can be identified: those not far away from a million Euros, and those in the three to four million Euros range. Most of the former group are for co-sponsored events outside Europe and most of the latter are for events staged in Europe. At an exchange rate of around 1.3 Euros to the dollar these tournaments are a little less than a typical "regular" event on the PGA Tour, with its 2005 prize fund of $5-5.5 million, but they are rich enough to attract many leading players who are members of both tours to play in Europe in those weeks. Severiano Seve Ballesteros (born 9 April 1957 in Pedreña, Spain) is a Spanish golfer who was one of the sports leading figures in the 1980s and 1990s. ... The Ryder Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially in an event officially called the Ryder Cup Matches by teams from Europe and the United States. ... Scandinavia, Fennoscandia, and the Kola Peninsula. ...


The structure of the European Tour season

Outline of the season

The table below illustrates the structure of the European season. The events shown are for the 2005 season,but there are only minor variations in the overall pattern from one year to the next. Tournaments sometimes change venue, and quite often change name, especially when they get a new sponsor, but the principal events have fixed and traditional places in the schedule, and this determines the rhythm of the season.


The schedule includes three events held late in the previous year. All of the events up until late March take place outside of Europe, and most of these are co-sanctioned with other tours. The 2005 season includes five events in China (with one in Hong Kong), two events in South Africa, and single events in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. All four major championships are official stops on the European Tour, as are the three individual World Golf Championship events, and the majority of these events take place in the U.S. From around the end of March the tour plays mainly in Europe, and the events in its home continent generally have higher prize money than those in other apart from the ones in the U.S. There is much more variation in the level of prize money between tournaments on the European Tour than on the PGA Tour. The season ends with the Volvo Masters, the equivalent of the PGA Tour's Tour Championship, which is normally scheduled to end on the last Sunday of October. The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the Majors are the four most prestigious annual golf tournaments in mens professional golf. ... The Volvo Masters Andalucia is the concluding official money event of the PGA European Tour season, the equivalent of the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour. ... THE TOUR Championship (the capitalisation is official) is the final event of golfs PGA TOUR season. ...


Schedule

The weekly numbers are those used by the Official World Golf Rankings, which apply to events on all the main men's golf tours. The Official World Golf Rankings are a system for rating the performance level of male professional golfers. ...

Week Tournament Host country Notes
48 Volvo China Open China co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
49 Omega Hong Kong Open Hong Kong, China co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
50 Dunhill Championship South Africa co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
4 South African Airways Open South Africa co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
5 Caltex Masters presented by Carlsberg Singapore co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
6 Heineken Classic Australia co sanctioned with PGA Tour of Australasia
7 Holden New Zealand Open New Zealand co sanctioned with PGA Tour of Australasia
8 Carlsberg Malaysian Open Malaysia co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
9 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship United States World Golf Championship
10 Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates in Asia, but not co-sanctioned
11 Qatar Masters Qatar co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
12 TCL Classic China co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
13 Enjoy Jakata Standard Chartered Indonesia Open Indonesia co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
14 Estoril Open de Portugal Portugal First event in Europe
15 The Masters (April) United States Major
15 Madeira Island Open Portugal Secondary to the Masters
16 Open de Espana Spain
17 Johnnie Walker Classic China co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
18 BMW Asian Open China co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
19 Telecom Italia Open Italy
20 Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters England
21 Nissan Irish Open Republic of Ireland
22 BMW Championship England The tour's "home tournament"
23 Celtic Manor Wales Open Wales
24 KLM Open Netherlands
25 U.S. Open (June) United States Major
25 Aa St Omer Open France secondary to the U.S. Open
26 Open de France France
27 Smurfit European Open Republic of Ireland
28 Barclays Scottish Open Scotland
29 The Open Championship (July) United Kingdom Major
30 Deutsche Bank Players Championship of Europe Germany
31 Scandinavian Masters by Carlsberg Sweden
32 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles Scotland
33 PGA Championship (August) United States Major
33 BMW Russian Open Russia Secondary to the PGA Championship
34 WGC-NEC Invitational United States World Golf Championships
35 BMW International Open Germany
36 Omega European Masters Switzerland
37 Linde German Masters Germany
38 HSBC World Match Play Championship England 16 man matchplay event. Highest 1st prize in golf.
39 Seve Trophy varies Team event
40 Dunhill Links Championship Scotland Celebrity pro-am
41 WGC-American Express Championship varies World Golf Championships
41 Abamba Open de Canarias Spain
42 TBC TBC
43 Mallorca Classic Spain
44 Volvo Masters Spain The "tour championship"

For the latest version of the tour schedule on the European Tour's website, with this year's tournament dates, champions' names, prize fund totals and links to full results, click here (http://www.europeantour.com/tournaments/schedule.sps?iTourID=1r). The Asian Golf Tour is the principal mens professional golf tour in Asia except for Japan, which has a separate tour. ... The Hong Kong Open is a golf tournament which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the European Tour. ... The Asian Golf Tour is the principal mens professional golf tour in Asia except for Japan, which has a separate tour. ... The Sunshine Tour is a mens professional golf tour based in Southern Africa. ... The South African Open is one of the principal golf tournaments on the Sunshine Tour and since 1997 it has been co-sanctioned by the PGA European Tour. ... The Sunshine Tour is a mens professional golf tour based in Southern Africa. ... The Asian Golf Tour is the principal mens professional golf tour in Asia except for Japan, which has a separate tour. ... The PGA Tour of Australasia is a prominent golf tour for men. ... The PGA Tour of Australasia is a prominent golf tour for men. ... The Asian Golf Tour is the principal mens professional golf tour in Asia except for Japan, which has a separate tour. ... The WGC-Accenture World Matchplay Championship is one of the annual World Golf Championships for male professional golfers. ... The World Golf Championships are a group of four annual events for male professional golfers created by the International Federation of PGA Tours. ... The Dubai Desert Classic is an annual golf tourament which is usually played in March. ... The Qatar Masters, which was established in 1998 is one of the two PGA European Tour golf tournaments which are staged in the Gulf States, the other being the Dubai Desert Classic. ... The Asian Golf Tour is the principal mens professional golf tour in Asia except for Japan, which has a separate tour. ... The Asian Golf Tour is the principal mens professional golf tour in Asia except for Japan, which has a separate tour. ... The Asian Golf Tour is the principal mens professional golf tour in Asia except for Japan, which has a separate tour. ... World map showing location of Europe A satellite composite image of Europe Europe is geologically and geographically a peninsula, forming the westernmost part of Eurasia. ... The Masters is one of four major championships in mens golf, and the first to take place each year. ... The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the Majors are the four most prestigious annual golf tournaments in mens professional golf. ... The Open de España (formerly the Spanish Open) is the national open golf championship of Spain. ... The Johnnie Walker Classic is a PGA European Tour golf tournament which is played in the Asia Pacific region. ... The Asian Golf Tour is the principal mens professional golf tour in Asia except for Japan, which has a separate tour. ... The Asian Golf Tour is the principal mens professional golf tour in Asia except for Japan, which has a separate tour. ... The Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters is a PGA European Tour golf tournament which takes place each May. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... The Irish Open is a PGA European Tour golf tournament which is currently played in May each year. ... The BMW Championship, known as the Volvo PGA Championship for many years up to 2004, is an annual mens professional golf tournament on the PGA European Tour. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... The Celtic Manor Wales Open is a PGA European Tour golf tournament which was founded in 2000 and is played each June. ... National motto: Cymru am byth (Welsh: Wales for ever) Waless location within the UK Official languages English(100%), Welsh(20. ... The KLM Open is an annual European Tour golf tournament played in The Netherlands. ... The United States Open Golf Tournament is an annual mens golf tournament staged by the United States Golf Association each June. ... The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the Majors are the four most prestigious annual golf tournaments in mens professional golf. ... The Open de France is a PGA European Tour golf tournament. ... The Smurfit European Open is a PGA European Tour golf tournament played annually at The Kildare Hotel and Golf Club (K Club), Straffan, Ireland. ... The Scottish Open, which is currently sponsored by Barclays Bank, is one of the richer golf tournaments on the PGA European Tour. ... Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Alba) is a country in northwest Europe, occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain. ... The Champions Belt & The Claret Jug. ... The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the Majors are the four most prestigious annual golf tournaments in mens professional golf. ... The Scandinavian Masters is an annual golf tournament on the PGA European Tour which is played in Sweden at the end of July or the beginning of August each year. ... The Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles is a PGA European Tour golf tournament which is played at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, which has been one of the best known golf resorts in Scotland since the 1920s. ... Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Alba) is a country in northwest Europe, occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain. ... The PGA Championship is an annual golf tournament, conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America as part of the PGA TOUR. The PGA Championship is one of the four Major Championships in mens golf, and it is the golf seasons final major, being played in August. ... The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the Majors are the four most prestigious annual golf tournaments in mens professional golf. ... The WGC-NEC Invitational is one of the annual World Golf Championships for male professional golfers. ... The World Golf Championships are a group of four annual events for male professional golfers created by the International Federation of PGA Tours. ... The HSBC World Match Play Championship is the current sponsored name of a matchplay golf tournament played each September at Wentworth Club near London. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... Match play is a scoring system for golf (compare to stroke play). ... The Seve Trophy is a biennial golf tournament between teams of professional male golfers representing Great Britain and Ireland (in political terms, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland) and Continental Europe. ... The Dunhill Links Championship is one of the richest golf tournaments on the PGA European Tour. ... Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Alba) is a country in northwest Europe, occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain. ... The WGC-American Express Championship is one of the annual World Golf Championships for male professional golfers. ... The World Golf Championships are a group of four annual events for male professional golfers created by the International Federation of PGA Tours. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The Volvo Masters Andalucia is the concluding official money event of the PGA European Tour season, the equivalent of the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour. ...


Order of Merit winners

The European Tour's money list is known as the "Order of Merit". It is calculated in Euros, although some of the events have prize funds which are fixed in British Pounds or U.S. Dollars. In these instances the amounts are converted into Euros at the exchange rate for the week that the tournament is played.

Year Order of Merit leader Country Earnings (€)
2004 Ernie Els South Africa 4,061,904
2003 Ernie Els South Africa 2,975,374
2002 Retief Goosen South Africa 2,360,127
2001 Retief Goosen South Africa 2,862,806
2000 Lee Westwood England 3,125,146
1999 Colin Montgomerie Scotland 1,822,880

Up to 1998, the Order of Merit was calculated in British Pounds. Theodore Ernest (Ernie) Els (born October 17, 1969) is a South African golfer. ... Theodore Ernest (Ernie) Els (born October 17, 1969) is a South African golfer. ... Retief Goosen (born February 3, 1969 in Pietersburg (now Polokwane), South Africa) is a professional golfer. ... Retief Goosen (born February 3, 1969 in Pietersburg (now Polokwane), South Africa) is a professional golfer. ... Lee Westwood (born 24 April 1973) is an English professional golfer. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... Colin Montgomerie, OBE (born June 23, 1963) is a Scottish golfer. ... Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Alba) is a country in northwest Europe, occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain. ...

Year Order of Merit leader Country Earnings (£)
1998 Colin Montgomerie Scotland 993,077
1997 Colin Montgomerie Scotland 798,947
1996 Colin Montgomerie Scotland 875,146
1995 Colin Montgomerie Scotland 835,051
1994 Colin Montgomerie Scotland 762,719
1993 Colin Montgomerie Scotland 613,682
1992 Nick Faldo England 708,522
1991 Seve Ballesteros Spain 545,353
1990 Ian Woosnam Wales 574,166
1989 Rohan Rafferty Northern Ireland 400,311
1988 Seve Ballesteros Spain 451,559
1987 Ian Woosnam Wales 253,717
1986 Seve Ballesteros Spain 242,208
1985 Sandy Lyle Scotland 162,552
1984 Bernhard Langer Germany 139,344
1983 Nick Faldo England 119,416
1982 Greg Norman Australia 66,405
1981 Bernhard Langer Germany 81,036
1980 Greg Norman Australia 74,828
1979 Sandy Lyle Scotland 49,232
1978 Seve Ballesteros Spain 54,348
1977 Seve Ballesteros Spain 46,435
1976 Seve Ballesteros Spain 39,503
1975 Dale Hayes South Africa 20,507
1974 Peter Oosterhuis England 32,127
1973 Tony Jacklin England 24,839
1972 Peter Oosterhuis England 18,525
1971 Neil Coles England 10,479

The European Tour officially began in 1972 [1] (http://www.europeantour.com/tournaments/fullreport.sps?iTourNo=2004025&id=1102364), but there is an Order fo Merit list for 1971 on the Tour's official site and unofficial or semi-official money lists existed before that. For full Order of Merit details for each season from 1971 onwards click here (http://www.europeantour.com/stats/OrderOfMerit.sps?iTourID=1). Colin Montgomerie, OBE (born June 23, 1963) is a Scottish golfer. ... Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Alba) is a country in northwest Europe, occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain. ... Colin Montgomerie, OBE (born June 23, 1963) is a Scottish golfer. ... Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Alba) is a country in northwest Europe, occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain. ... Colin Montgomerie, OBE (born June 23, 1963) is a Scottish golfer. ... Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Alba) is a country in northwest Europe, occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain. ... Colin Montgomerie, OBE (born June 23, 1963) is a Scottish golfer. ... Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Alba) is a country in northwest Europe, occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain. ... Colin Montgomerie, OBE (born June 23, 1963) is a Scottish golfer. ... Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Alba) is a country in northwest Europe, occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain. ... Colin Montgomerie, OBE (born June 23, 1963) is a Scottish golfer. ... Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Alba) is a country in northwest Europe, occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain. ... Nicholas Alexander Faldo (born July 18, 1957) is an English golfer on the PGA European Tour. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... Severiano Seve Ballesteros (born 9 April 1957 in Pedreña, Spain) is a Spanish golfer who was one of the sports leading figures in the 1980s and 1990s. ... Ian Woosnam (March 2, 1958, Oswestry, England) is a British golf player representing Wales. ... National motto: Cymru am byth (Welsh: Wales for ever) Waless location within the UK Official languages English(100%), Welsh(20. ... Ronan Rafferty (b. ... Northern Ireland is one of four constituent parts of the United Kingdom. ... Severiano Seve Ballesteros (born 9 April 1957 in Pedreña, Spain) is a Spanish golfer who was one of the sports leading figures in the 1980s and 1990s. ... Ian Woosnam (March 2, 1958, Oswestry, England) is a British golf player representing Wales. ... National motto: Cymru am byth (Welsh: Wales for ever) Waless location within the UK Official languages English(100%), Welsh(20. ... Severiano Seve Ballesteros (born 9 April 1957 in Pedreña, Spain) is a Spanish golfer who was one of the sports leading figures in the 1980s and 1990s. ... Alexander Walter Lyle (Sandy Lyle) (born February 9, 1958) is a British golfer. ... Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Alba) is a country in northwest Europe, occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain. ... Bernhard Langer (born August 27, 1957 in Anhausen near Augsburg, Germany) is a professional German golfer. ... Nicholas Alexander Faldo (born July 18, 1957) is an English golfer on the PGA European Tour. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... Greg Norman (born February 10, 1955 in Queensland, Australia), is an Australian professional golfer who spent 331 weeks as the worlds number one ranked golfer in the 1980s and 1990s. ... Bernhard Langer (born August 27, 1957 in Anhausen near Augsburg, Germany) is a professional German golfer. ... Greg Norman (born February 10, 1955 in Queensland, Australia), is an Australian professional golfer who spent 331 weeks as the worlds number one ranked golfer in the 1980s and 1990s. ... Alexander Walter Lyle (Sandy Lyle) (born February 9, 1958) is a British golfer. ... Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Alba) is a country in northwest Europe, occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain. ... Severiano Seve Ballesteros (born 9 April 1957 in Pedreña, Spain) is a Spanish golfer who was one of the sports leading figures in the 1980s and 1990s. ... Severiano Seve Ballesteros (born 9 April 1957 in Pedreña, Spain) is a Spanish golfer who was one of the sports leading figures in the 1980s and 1990s. ... Severiano Seve Ballesteros (born 9 April 1957 in Pedreña, Spain) is a Spanish golfer who was one of the sports leading figures in the 1980s and 1990s. ... Dale Hayes (born 1 Jul 1952) is a South African golfer. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... Tony Jacklin (born July 7, 1944) is an English golfer, who was arguably the most successful UK player of his generation. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... Neil Coles (b. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion...


See also

Professional golf is one of the more lucrative professional sports in the world for both men and women, but it is has a very different structure from other sports, especially team sports. ... This is a list of golfers who have won ten or more events on the PGA European Tour since it was established in 1970. ...

External links

  • Official site (http://www.europeantour.com)

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