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PGA European Tour
The PGA European Tour is an organisation which operates the three leading men’s professional golf tours in Europe: the elite European Tour, the European Seniors Tour and the developmental Challenge Tour. Its headquarters are at Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, Surrey, England. The European Tour is the primary golf tour in Europe and is second to the United States-based PGA Tour in worldwide prestige. The European Tour was established by the British-based Professional Golfers’ Association, and responsibility was transferred to an independent PGA European Tour organisation in 1984. Most events on the PGA European Tour’s three tours are held in Europe, but in recent years an increasing number have been held in other parts of the world outside of North America. The PGA European Tour is a golfer-controlled organisation whose primary purpose is to maximise the income of tournament golfers. It is a company limited by guarantee and is run by a professional staff but controlled by its playing members via a board of directors composed of 12 elected past and present tour players and a tournament committee of 14 current players. As of 2007, the chairman of the board is Neil Coles and the chairman of the tournament committee is Thomas Bjørn. The European-based events on the European Tour are nearly all played in Western Europe and the most lucrative of them take place in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France and Spain. The PGA European Tour also conducts the Ryder Cup Matches in cooperation with the PGA of America. tournament was The Open Championship, which was introduced in 1860. That year it was for professionals only, and it attracted a field of eight. The following year, amateurs were permitted to enter. In contrast to 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. 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 that ultimately created the European Tour. By the post-World War II period prize money was becoming more significant, encouraged by the introduction of television coverage. However, each event was still organised separately by a golf club or 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, mainly in Great Britain and Ireland. For example, the 1972 season consisted of 20 tournaments, of which 12 were in the United Kingdom and one was in Ireland. Of the seven events in Continental Europe, six were "national opens", namely the Dutch, German, Italian, French, Spanish and Swiss Opens, with the seventh being the Madrid Open. Over the next three decades the tour gradually lengthened and globalised. The first event held outside of Europe was the 1982 Tunisian Open. 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.

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 stroke play

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The European Tour has always been sensitive to the risk that its best players will leave to play on the PGA Tour for many reasons. The PGA Tour usually offers higher purses and European players want to increase their chances of glory in the three majors played in the U.S. by playing on more U.S.-style courses to acclimate themselves. In an attempt to counter this phenomenon, the European Tour introduced the "Volvo Bonus Pool" in 1988. This was extra 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 could receive a share. This system continued until 1998, after which renewed emphasis was placed on maximising prize money in individual tournaments. 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 up to February. A first visit to East Asia for the Tour occurred at the 1992 Johnnie Walker Classic in Bangkok. This has since proven 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 former Soviet region remains low and sponsors there are unable to compete financially with their Western 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. There is no overall governing body in the worldwide sport of golf. While the golf authorities in the various parts of the world cooperate harmoniously overall, there is still some rivalry. The European Tour is very selfconscious about its position relative to the PGA Tour, but the two have also steadily formed a partnership. In 1998, the European Tour added the three U.S. majors — the

PGA European Tour
Masters Tournament, the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open — 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 has yet to do so. For the 2009 season, the number of minimum events required for members was increased to twelve.

Status and prize money
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. At the start of 2006 five of the top 10 players in the Official World Golf Rankings were full members of the European Tour, namely Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Sergio García, Adam Scott and Colin Montgomerie. Two years later, at the start of 2008, the number of full European Tour members in the top 10 remained at five, namely Els, Justin Rose, Scott, Pádraig Harrington, and Vijay Singh. At the start of 2009, that number increased to seven—García, Harrington, Singh, Robert Karlsson, Henrik Stenson, Els, and Lee Westwood. Apart from Montgomerie and Karlsson they are also members of the PGA Tour, and moved to it as their main or joint main tour after playing in Europe first. Singh had

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largely abandoned the European Tour for the PGA Tour in the late 1990s, but rejoined the European Tour in 2006. It is unknown for elite players to move from the PGA Tour to the European Tour on a primary basis. The European Tour is traditionally the first overseas move for outstanding players from non-European countries in the Commonwealth, long a major source for elite golfers, such as Greg Norman and Nick Price. These players tended to move to the PGA Tour as a second step. However, lately the European Tour is losing this role as more Commonwealth golfers choose to move directly to the U.S. There is also a current trend for young UK golfers to play primarily on the PGA Tour. In some cases, such as that of Luke Donald, this is a natural consequence after completing a golf scholarship at a U.S. university. Such scholarships are not available (or even legal) in Europe. When Continental Europe produced its first global golf stars in the 1970s, such as Seve Ballesteros, and especially when Europe began to notch 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 ebbed away as several major European countries, such as Germany and Italy, have not produced high-ranked golfers on a regular basis as was formerly anticipated. Nonetheless, the number of European countries which have produced winners on the European Tour has increased steadily, with notable golfing depth developing in the Scandinavian countries. Illustrating the latter point, not only did the 2008 end-of-year world top 10 feature two Swedes (Karlsson and Stenson), but five other Swedes won events on either the PGA Tour or European Tour in 2008; Karlsson and Stenson were joined by the Dane Søren Hansen on Team Europe at the 2008 Ryder Cup; and the season-ending Volvo Masters was won in 2008 by Hansen’s countryman Søren Kjeldsen. 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, around 60 percent of what the American tour offers. 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. Excluding these, the

PGA European Tour
European Tour offers approximately 50 percent as much prize money as the PGA Tour. It can be argued that since PGA Tour members have had far more wins and top 10 finishes in the seven co-sanctioned events in recent years, the 50 percent figure is a better reflection of the actual financial resources of the European Tour relative to its rival. 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 on the European Tour than on the PGA Tour. Two key tiers can be identified: those not far away from a million Euro, and those in the three to four million Euro 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 the February 2009 exchange rate of USD 1.25 per euro, the richer group of European tournaments offer slightly less prize money than a typical "regular" event on the PGA Tour, with its 2008 prize fund of $5-6 million. The prize funds of many European Tour events have increased rapidly since the late 1990s. Nonetheless, in 2005, an increasing amount of media attention was given to the perceived failure of the European Tour to attract as many leading players to its events as in the recent past. It is unclear how this contradiction between the Tour’s apparently weakening on-course position and its seemingly strong sponsorship position will play out in the future. The role of Asia may be crucial; in November 2005 a new European Tour-sanctioned event in China called the HSBC Champions tournament was played for the first time. With a purse of $5 million, it was by far the richest tournament ever played in Asia.

The structure of the European Tour season
Outline of the season
Since 2000 the season has actually started late in the previous calendar year, but the seasons are still named by calendar year, rather than for example 2005–06, which would reflect the actual span of play. All of the events up until late March take place outside of Europe, with most of these being cosanctioned with other tours. From then on,

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the tour plays mainly in Europe, and the events in its home continent generally have higher prize money than those held elsewhere, excluding the major championships, which were added to the tour schedule in 1998, and the three individual World Golf Championships events, added the following year, most of which take place in the United States. There are generally only minor variations in the overall pattern from one year to the next. Occasionally tournaments change venue, and quite often change name, particularly 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.

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Madeira Island Open in mid-March. Away from Europe, there are three events in China plus two in Hong Kong, China; three events in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates; two in Australia; and single events in Qatar, Malaysia, Indonesia, and South Korea; plus the United States based major championships and WGC events. One event that was due to be held in India was cancelled. In December 2008 the Indian Masters, scheduled for February, was cancelled due to fallout from the ongoing financial crisis,[5] and then in January 2009 it was announced that the revival of the English Open, scheduled for August, would be postponed for at least two years after developers of the St. Mellion International Resort ran into financial difficulties.[6] In May it was announced that due to lack of sponsorship the British Masters had also been dropped from the schedule, with the Austrian Open being rescheduled from June to take its place on the calendar in September.[7] The numbers in brackets after the winners’ names show the number of career wins they had on the European Tour up to and including that event. This is only shown for members of the European Tour. To give such a number for non-members would misrepresent the amount of time some international golfers spend on the European Tour; as the Tour co-sanctions the major championships and World Golf Championships events, some top players accumulate a significant number of wins in European Tour sanctioned events without really playing on it. For example, Tiger Woods has won more than 30 events sanctioned by the European Tour, but has never played a sufficient number of European Tour-sanctioned events to qualify for membership. Schedule correct as of 23 November 2008.[8]

Race to Dubai
In 2009, the Order of Merit was replaced by The Race To Dubai, with a bonus pool of $10 million to be distributed among the top 15 players at the end of the season, of which the winner takes $2 million. The new name reflects the addition of a new season ending tournament, the Dubai World Championship, to be held at the end of November in Dubai. The tournament also has a $10 million prize fund, and will be contested by the leading 60 players in the race following the seasons penultimate event, the Hong Kong Open. The winner of the Race To Dubai also receives a ten-year European Tour exemption, while the winner of the Dubai World Championship tournament receives a five-year European Tour exemption.[1][2] [3][4]

2009 schedule
The table below shows the 2009 schedule. There are 53 official money events, of which the first five events take place in late 2008. The season runs for 55 weeks, with a twoweek break over Christmas and the New Year, and four weeks when no event is scheduled. There are four weeks when two official money events are played, with alternative tournaments being held alongside the majors and WGC championships. Due to plans to realign the schedule with the calendar year for 2010, the HSBC Champions and Hong Kong Open will both be held twice during the 2009 season. The 2009 schedule includes five events held late in the previous year, with the tour travelling outside of Europe until the

2009 Race to Dubai
As of 17 May 2009.[9]

Order of Merit winners
The European Tour’s money list was known as the "Order of Merit" until 2009, when it was replaced by the Race to Dubai. It is calculated in euro, although around half of the events have prize funds which are fixed in other currencies, mainly British pounds or U.S. dollars. In these instances, the amounts

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Dates Tournament 6-10 Nov 20-23 Nov 27-30 Nov 11-14 Dec 18-21 Dec 8-11 Jan 8-11 Jan HSBC Champions Host country China Winner Sergio García (8)

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OWGR Notes points 52 Co-sanctioned by the Asian, Australasian and Sunshine Tours Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour Team event - Europe vs. Asia. Co-sanctioned with the Asian and Japan Golf Tours

UBS Hong Kong Open Sportsbet Australian Masters Alfred Dunhill Championship South African Open Championship Joburg Open Royal Trophy

Hong Kong, Lin WenChina tang (1) Australia Rod Pampling (1) Richard Sterne (4) Richard Sterne (5) Anders Hansen (3) Asia

32 22

South Africa South Africa South Africa Thailand

24 40 20 n/a

15-18 Jan 22-25 Jan 29 Jan-1 Feb 5-8 Feb 12-15 Feb 19-22 Feb

Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

United Arab Paul Casey Emirates (9) Álvaro Quirós (3)

48 54 52

Commercialbank Qatar Qatar Masters Dubai Desert Classic

United Arab Rory McIlEmirates roy (1) India Malaysia

Indian Masters Maybank Malaysian Open

Tournament cancelled
[5]

Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia World Golf Championships Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour; alternate to WGC event World Golf Championships First event in Europe

Anthony Kang (1)

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Johnnie Walker Classic Australia

Danny Lee 32 (n/a) (amateur)

25 Fe- WGC-Accenture Match United b-1 Play Championship States Mar 26 Fe- Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Indonesia b-1 Open Mar 12-15 Mar 19-22 Mar 26-29 Mar WGC-CA Championship United States Madeira Islands Open BPI - Portugal Open de Andalucia Portugal Spain

Geoff Ogilvy 76 (4) Thongchai Jaidee (3) Phil Mickelson (n/a) Estanislao Goya (1) 20

78 24

Søren Kjeld- 24 sen (3)

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2-5 Apr 9-12 Apr 16-19 Apr 23-26 Apr 30 Apr-3 May 7-10 May 14-17 May 21-24 May 28-31 May 4-7 Jun Estoril Open de Portugal Portugal Michael Hoey (1) Ángel Cabrera (5) Scott Strange (2) Thongchai Jaidee (4) Thomas Levet (5) 24 100 18

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Masters Tournament United States Volvo China Open China

Major championship Co-sanctioned with the OneAsia Super Series Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour

Ballantine’s Championship Open de España

South Korea Spain

32 24

BMW Italian Open The 3 Irish Open BMW PGA Championship European Open Celtic Manor Wales Open

Italy

Daniel Vanc- 24 sik (2)

Republic of Shane Lowry 40 Ireland (n/a) (amateur) England England Wales United States France 100 Major championship Alternate to U.S. Open; also a Challenge Tour event The European Tour’s "Home Tournament"

18-21 U.S. Open Jun 18-21 Jun 25-28 Jun 9-12 Jul Saint-Omer Open

BMW International Open

Germany France

2-5 Jul Open de France

Barclays Scottish Open Scotland United Kingdom Sweden Czech Republic United States United States England
[6]

16-19 The Open Jul Championship 23-26 Jul 30 Jul-2 Aug 6-9 Aug SAS Masters Czech Golf Open

100

Major championship

New tournament

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

World Golf Championships 100 Tournament cancelled Major championship Alternate to PGA Championship; last played in 2002

13-16 PGA Championship Aug 13-16 Aug English Open

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20-23 Aug 27-30 Aug 3-6 Sep 10-13 Sep 17-20 Sep 17-20 Sep KLM Open Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles Omega European Masters Mercedes-Benz Championship British Masters Netherlands Scotland Switzerland Germany England Tournament cancelled
[7]

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Bank Austria GolfOpen Austria

Rescheduled from 11-14 June, following cancellation of the British Masters Team event - Continental Europe v. Great Britain & Ireland Celebrity pro-am

24-27 Sep 1-4 Oct 8-11 Oct 15-18 Oct 22-25 Oct

The Vivendi Trophy with Severiano Ballesteros Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Madrid Masters Portugal Masters

France

Scotland Spain Portugal

Castelló Masters Costa Spain Azahar Spain Last played in 2007

29 Oct Volvo World Match -1 Play Championship Nov 5-8 Nov 12-15 Nov 19-22 Nov

WGC-HSBC Champions China UBS Hong Kong Open Dubai World Championship Hong Kong, China United Arab Emirates Country Australia England Argentina Northern Ireland England Spain England Thailand Spain South Africa

World Golf Championships Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour New tournament

Rank Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Geoff Ogilvy Paul Casey Ángel Cabrera Rory McIlroy Oliver Wilson Sergio García Robert Rock Thongchai Jaidee Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño Louis Oosthuizen

Events 4 8 2 10 9 7 11 9 10 13

Prize money (€) 1,464,867 1,198,431 1,041,145 950,534 903,795 877,529 727,890 636,266 617,271 603,734

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Year 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 Year 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978 1977 1976 1975 Order of Merit leader Robert Karlsson Justin Rose Pádraig Harrington Colin Montgomerie Ernie Els Ernie Els Retief Goosen Retief Goosen Lee Westwood Colin Montgomerie Order of Merit leader Colin Montgomerie Colin Montgomerie Colin Montgomerie Colin Montgomerie Colin Montgomerie Colin Montgomerie Nick Faldo Seve Ballesteros Ian Woosnam Ronan Rafferty Seve Ballesteros Ian Woosnam Seve Ballesteros Sandy Lyle Bernhard Langer Nick Faldo Greg Norman Bernhard Langer Sandy Lyle Sandy Lyle Seve Ballesteros Seve Ballesteros Seve Ballesteros Dale Hayes Country Sweden England Ireland Scotland South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa England Scotland Country Scotland Scotland Scotland Scotland Scotland Scotland England Spain Wales Northern Ireland Spain Wales Spain Scotland West Germany England Australia West Germany Scotland Scotland Spain Spain Spain South Africa

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Earnings (€) 2,732,748 2,944,945 2,489,337 2,794,223 4,061,905 2,975,374 2,360,128 2,862,806 3,125,147 1,822,880 Earnings (£) 993,077 798,948 875,146 835,051 762,720 613,683 708,522 545,354 574,166 400,311 451,560 253,717 242,209 162,553 139,344 119,416 66,406 81,036 66,060 49,233 54,348 46,436 39,504 20,508

are converted into euro at the exchange rate for the week that the tournament is played. The winner of the Order of Merit receives the Harry Vardon Trophy, not to be confused with the Vardon Trophy awarded by the PGA

of America. Robert Karlsson was the last winner in 2008. Up to 1998, the Order of Merit was calculated in Pounds sterling.

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Year Order of Merit leader 1974 Peter Oosterhuis England 1973 Peter Oosterhuis England 1972 Peter Oosterhuis England 1971 Peter Oosterhuis England Rank 1 2 3 4 T5 Player Colin Montgomerie Seve Ballesteros Peter Oosterhuis Sandy Lyle Ernie Els Retief Goosen Nick Faldo Ian Woosnam Bernhard Langer Country Scotland Spain England Scotland South Africa South Africa England Wales West Germany Wins 8 6 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 9,270 Gary Player 18,525 Bob Charles 17,455 Tony Jacklin Country Earnings (£) 32,127 Leading money winner Peter Oosterhuis

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Country England England New Zealand South Africa Last Win 2005 1991 1974 1985 2004 2002 1992 1990 1984 Earnings (£) 32,127 24,840 18,538 11,281

First Win 1993 1976 1971 1979 2003 2001 1983 1987 1981

Before 1975 the Order of Merit was based on a points system, so it was not necessarily headed by the golfer who won the most money.

As of 1 February 2009. There is a list of the top 100 on the European Tour’s website here.

Multiple Order of Merit winners
The European Tour officially began in 1972, but there is a money 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, see here.

Players and rookies of the year
The European Tour’s Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award is named after the English three-time Open Champion Sir Henry Cotton. The winner is now selected by a panel comprising the PGA European Tour, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St.Andrews and the Association of Golf Writers. It is usually given to the rookie who places highest on the Order of Merit, but this is not always the case. The award predates the founding of the formal tour in 1972. There have been five years when no award was made.

Leading career money winners
The table below shows the top 10 career money leaders on the European Tour after the 2008 season. Due to increases in prize money over the years, it is dominated by current players. The figures are not the players’ complete career earnings as most of them have earned millions more on other tours (especially the PGA Tour) or from non-tour events. In addition, elite golfers often earn several times as much from endorsements and golf-related business interests as they do from prize money.

Multiple Player of the Year winners

See also
• Golfers with most European Tour wins • Challenge Tour: the second-tier tour operated by the PGA European Tour.

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Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Player Colin Montgomerie Ernie Els Pádraig Harrington Retief Goosen Darren Clarke Lee Westwood Miguel Ángel Jiménez Vijay Singh Sergio Garcia Thomas Bjørn Country Scotland South Africa Ireland South Africa Northern Ireland England Spain Fiji Spain Denmark

PGA European Tour
Prize money (€) 23,625,692 21,866,322 19,535,633 18,451,215 16,716,986 16,542,680 14,289,899 13,299,221 12,822,687 12,587,859

• Alps Tour, EPD Tour and PGA EuroPro Tour: the three third-tier tours in Europe. They are recognised by the PGA European Tour, but it does not operate them. • European Seniors Tour: the over-50s tour operated by the PGA European Tour. • Ladies European Tour: the top European women’s professional tour.

References
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[5] ^ "Golf-Financial crisis claims next year’s Indian Masters". Reuters. December 5, 2008. http://uk.reuters.com/ article/golfNews/ idUKL551612820081205. Retrieved on 2008-12-05. [6] ^ "Crunch delays golf championships". BBC News. January 21, 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/ cornwall/7842513.stm. Retrieved on 2009-02-14. "US boss welcomes European windfall". [7] ^ "British Masters dropped from Tour". BBC Sport. November 21, 2007. BBC News. May 13, 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/golf/ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/golf/ 7105686.stm. Retrieved on 2008-11-12. 8048940.stm. Retrieved on 2009-05-14. "Dubai Link with European Tour". [8] "European Tour Schedule 2009". European Tour. europeantour.com. http://www.europeantour.com/ http://www.europeantour.com/ default.sps?pagegid=%7B5A258B31%2D8294%2D4C0E%2DB8B9%2DA796F6009E52%7D&newsid= default.sps?pageid=100&pagegid=%7BBD331171%2 Retrieved on 2007-11-19. Retrieved on 2008-11-23. "Race to Dubai". European Tour. [9] "European Tour Race To Dubai". http://www.europeantour.com/ europeantour.com. 17 May 2009. default.sps?pagegid=%7BBD7FAD7F%2D8A0E%2D4A4C%2DB1AA%2DEC4C735BC15B%7D. http://www.europeantour.com/ Retrieved on 2008-11-12. default.sps?pagegid=%7B7E944807%2D48EC%2D41 "Euro Tour Unveils Race to Dubai". Golf Retrieved on 2009-05-18. Channel. November 19, 2007. http://www.thegolfchannel.com/ core.aspx?page=15100&select=24432. Retrieved on 2008-10-06. • Official site

External links

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Year Player of the year 2008 Pádraig Harrington 2007 Pádraig Harrington 2006 Paul Casey 2005 Michael Campbell 2004 Vijay Singh 2003 Ernie Els 2002 Ernie Els 2001 Retief Goosen 2000 Lee Westwood 1999 Colin Montgomerie 1998 Lee Westwood 1997 Colin Montgomerie 1996 Colin Montgomerie 1995 Colin Montgomerie 1994 Ernie Els 1993 Bernhard Langer 1992 Nick Faldo 1991 Seve Ballesteros 1990 Nick Faldo 1989 Nick Faldo 1988 Seve Ballesteros 1987 Ian Woosnam 1986 Seve Ballesteros 1985 Bernhard Langer 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978 1977 1976 1975 1974 1973 1972 1971 1970 Country Ireland Ireland England New Zealand Fiji South Africa South Africa South Africa England Scotland England Scotland Scotland Scotland South Africa Germany England Spain England England Spain Wales Spain Germany Rookie of the year Pablo Larrazábal Martin Kaymer Marc Warren

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Country Spain Germany Scotland Spain Scotland Ireland England England England Spain France Scotland Denmark Sweden England Scotland England Sweden England England Scotland England Spain Wales Wales England Scotland England England Scotland Scotland England England England England Scotland Wales England

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño Scott Drummond Peter Lawrie Nick Dougherty Paul Casey Ian Poulter Sergio García Olivier Edmond Scott Henderson Thomas Bjørn Jarmo Sandelin Jonathan Lomas Gary Orr Jim Payne Per-Ulrik Johansson Russell Claydon Paul Broadhurst Colin Montgomerie Peter Baker José María Olazábal Paul Thomas Philip Parkin Grant Turner Gordon Brand Jnr Jeremy Bennett Paul Hoad Mike Miller Sandy Lyle Nick Faldo Mark James No award Carl Mason Pip Elson Sam Torrance David Llewellyn Stuart Brown

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1969 1968 1967 1966 1965 1964 1963 1962 1961 1960 Rank 1 T2 Player Colin Montgomerie Ernie Els Nick Faldo Seve Ballesteros T5 Pádraig Harrington Lee Westwood Bernhard Langer Country Scotland South Africa England Spain Ireland England Germany Peter Oosterhuis Bernard Gallacher No award Robin Liddle No award No award Tony Jacklin No award Alex Caygill Tommy Goodwin Wins 4 3 3 3 2 2 2

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England Scotland Scotland

England England England Last Win 1999 2003 1992 1991 2008 2000 1993 First Win 1995 1994 1989 1986 2007 1998 1985

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