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The PGA European Tour is an organisation which operates the three leading men's professional golf tour in Europe: the elite European Tour, the European Seniors Tour and the developmental Challenge Tour. Its headquarters are at Wentworth Clubmarker in Virginia Watermarker, Surreymarker, Englandmarker. The European Tour is the primary golf tour in Europe and is second to the United Statesmarker-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 Kingdommarker, Irelandmarker, Germanymarker, Francemarker and Spainmarker.

The PGA European Tour also conducts the Ryder Cup Matches in cooperation with the PGA of America.


Professional golf began in Europe, specifically in Scotlandmarker. 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 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.

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 self-conscious 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 Masters Tournamentmarker, 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 three of the current four 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; this coincided with the elevation of the HSBC Champions, previously a European Tour event co-sanctioned by three other tours, to World Golf Championships status.

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 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 Danemarker 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 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 Chinamarker 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. It now has a purse of $7 million, and will become a World Golf Championships event starting in 2009.

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 co-sanctioned with other tours. From then on, 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; three individual World Golf Championships events, added the following year, most of which take place in the United States; and the HSBC Champions, elevated to World Golf Championships status in 2009.

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.

Race to Dubai

In 2009, the Order of Merit was replaced by The Race To Dubai, with a bonus pool of $7.5 million (originally $10 million) to be distributed among the top 15 players at the end of the season, of which the winner takes $1.5 million (originally $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 $7.5 million prize fund (originally $10 million), 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. The reduction in prize money, announced in September 2009, was due to the global economic downturn.

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 two-week 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 were held twice during the 2009 season. The HSBC Champions became a WGC event effective with its November 2009 edition.

The 2009 schedule includes five events held late in the previous year, with the tour travelling outside of Europe until the Madeira Island Open in mid-March. Away from Europe, there are two regular events and one WGC event in China plus two in Hong Kongmarker, China; three events in South Africa and the United Arab Emiratesmarker; two in Australia; and single events in Qatarmarker, Malaysiamarker, Indonesiamarker, and South Koreamarker; plus the United States based major championships and WGC events. One event that was due to be held in Indiamarker was cancelled.

In December 2008 the Indian Masters, scheduled for February, was cancelled due to fallout from the ongoing financial crisis, 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 Resortmarker ran into financial difficulties. 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.

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 nearly 40 events sanctioned by the European Tour, but has never played a sufficient number of European Tour-sanctioned events to qualify for membership.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner OWGR points Notes
6-10 Nov HSBC Champions Chinamarker Sergio García (8) 52 Co-sanctioned by the Asian, Australasian and Sunshine Tours
20-23 Nov UBS Hong Kong Open Hong Kongmarker, Chinamarker Lin Wen-tang (1) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
27-30 Nov Sportsbet Australian Masters Australia Rod Pampling (1) 22 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
11-14 Dec Alfred Dunhill Championship South Africa Richard Sterne (4) 24 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
18-21 Dec South African Open Championship South Africa Richard Sterne (5) 40 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
8-11 Jan Joburg Open South Africa Anders Hansen (3) 20 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
8-11 Jan Royal Trophy Thailandmarker Asia n/a Team event - Europe vs. Asia.Co-sanctioned with the Asian and Japan Golf Tours
15-18 Jan Abu Dhabi Golf Championship United Arab Emiratesmarker Paul Casey (9) 48
22-25 Jan Commercialbank Qatar Masters Qatarmarker Álvaro Quirós (3) 54
29 Jan-1 Feb Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emiratesmarker Rory McIlroy (1) 52
5-8 Feb Indian Masters Indiamarker Tournament cancelled Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
12-15 Feb Maybank Malaysian Open Malaysiamarker Anthony Kang (1) 30 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
19-22 Feb Johnnie Walker Classic Australia Danny Lee (n/a) (amateur) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia
25 Feb-1 Mar WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship United Statesmarker Geoff Ogilvy (4) 76 World Golf Championships
26 Feb-1 Mar Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open Indonesiamarker Thongchai Jaidee (3) 20 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour; alternate to WGC event
12-15 Mar WGC-CA Championship United Statesmarker Phil Mickelson (n/a) 78 World Golf Championships
19-22 Mar Madeira Islands Open BPI - Portugal Portugalmarker Estanislao Goya (1) 24 First event in Europe
26-29 Mar Open de Andalucia Spainmarker Søren Kjeldsen (3) 24
2-5 Apr Estoril Open de Portugal Portugalmarker Michael Hoey (1) 24
9-12 Apr Masters Tournamentmarker United Statesmarker Ángel Cabrera (5) 100 Major championship
16-19 Apr Volvo China Open Chinamarker Scott Strange (2) 18 Co-sanctioned with the OneAsia Tour
23-26 Apr Ballantine's Championship South Koreamarker Thongchai Jaidee (4) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
30 Apr-3 May Open de España Spainmarker Thomas Levet (5) 24
7-10 May BMW Italian Open Italymarker Daniel Vancsik (2) 24
14-17 May The 3 Irish Open Republic of Irelandmarker Shane Lowry (1) (amateur) 40
21-24 May BMW PGA Championship Englandmarker Paul Casey (10) 64 The European Tour's "Home Tournament"
28-31 May European Open Englandmarker Christian Cévaër (2) 48
4-7 Jun Celtic Manor Wales Openmarker Walesmarker Jeppe Huldahl (1) 24
18-22 Jun U.S. Open United Statesmarker Lucas Glover (n/a) 100 Major championship
18-21 Jun Saint-Omer Open Francemarker Christian Nilsson (1) 18 Alternate to U.S. Open; also a Challenge Tour event
25-28 Jun BMW International Open Germanymarker Nick Dougherty (3) 36
2-5 Jul Open de France Francemarker Martin Kaymer (3) 44
9-12 Jul Barclays Scottish Open Scotlandmarker Martin Kaymer (4) 54
16-19 Jul The Open Championship United Kingdommarker Stewart Cink (n/a) 100 Major championship
23-26 Jul SAS Masters Swedenmarker Ricardo González (4) 24
30 Jul-2 Aug Moravia Silesia Open Czech Republicmarker Oskar Henningsson (1) 24 New tournament
6-9 Aug WGC-Bridgestone Invitational United Statesmarker Tiger Woods (n/a) 76 World Golf Championships
13-16 Aug PGA Championship United Statesmarker Yang Yong-eun (2) 100 Major championship
13-16 Aug English Open Englandmarker Tournament cancelled Alternate to PGA Championship; last played in 2002
20-23 Aug KLM Open Netherlandsmarker Simon Dyson (3) 24
27-30 Aug Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles Scotlandmarker Peter Hedblom (3) 24
3-6 Sep Omega European Masters Switzerlandmarker Alexander Norén (1) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
10-13 Sep Mercedes-Benz Championship Germanymarker James Kingston (2) 40
17-20 Sep British Masters Englandmarker Tournament cancelled
17-20 Sep Austria Golf Open Austriamarker Rafael Cabrera-Bello (1) 24 Rescheduled from 11-14 June, following cancellation of the British Masters
24-27 Sep The Vivendi Trophy with Severiano Ballesteros Francemarker Great Britain & Ireland n/a Team event - Continental Europe v. Great Britain & Ireland
1-5 Oct Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Scotlandmarker Simon Dyson (4) 46 Celebrity pro-am
8-11 Oct Madrid Masters Spainmarker Ross McGowan (1) 26
15-18 Oct Portugal Masters Portugalmarker Lee Westwood (19) 46
22-25 Oct Castelló Masters Costa Azahar Spainmarker Michael Jonzon (2) 28
29 Oct - 1 Nov Volvo World Match Play Championship Spainmarker Ross Fisher (3) 42 Last played in 2007
29 Oct - 1 Nov Barclays Singapore Open Singaporemarker Ian Poulter (8) 46 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
5-8 Nov WGC-HSBC Champions Chinamarker Phil Mickelson (n/a) 66 World Golf Championships
12-15 Nov UBS Hong Kong Open Hong Kong, Chinamarker Grégory Bourdy (3) 44 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
12-15 Nov JBWere Masters Australia Tiger Woods (n/a) 28 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
19-22 Nov Dubai World Championship United Arab Emiratesmarker Lee Westwood (20) 56 New tournament

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2009 Race to Dubai

The following table shows the final Race to Dubai standings for 2009.

Rank Player Country Events Prize money ()
1 Lee Westwood 26 4,237,762
2 Rory McIlroy 25 3,610,020
3 Martin Kaymer 20 2,864,342
4 Ross Fisher 22 2,531,183
5 Paul Casey 14 2,362,947
6 Geoff Ogilvy 13 2,202,814
7 Oliver Wilson 25 2,010,158
8 Simon Dyson 32 1,807,753
9 Ian Poulter 15 1,773,470
10 Sergio García 17 1,660,788
11 Ernie Els 17 1,571,577
12 Ross McGowan 30 1,558,808
13 Søren Kjeldsen 26 1,529,253
14 Francesco Molinari 27 1,505,010
15 Pádraig Harrington 16 1,468,232

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 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.

Year Race to Dubai leader Country Earnings (€)
2009 Lee Westwood 4,237,762

Year Order of Merit leader Country Earnings (€)
2008 Robert Karlsson 2,732,748
2007 Justin Rose 2,944,945
2006 Pádraig Harrington 2,489,337
2005 Colin Montgomerie 2,794,223
2004 Ernie Els 4,061,905
2003 Ernie Els 2,975,374
2002 Retief Goosen 2,360,128
2001 Retief Goosen 2,862,806
2000 Lee Westwood 3,125,147
1999 Colin Montgomerie 1,822,880

Up to 1998, the Order of Merit was calculated in Pounds sterling.

Year Order of Merit leader Country Earnings (£)
1998 Colin Montgomerie 993,077
1997 Colin Montgomerie 798,948
1996 Colin Montgomerie 875,146
1995 Colin Montgomerie 835,051
1994 Colin Montgomerie 762,720
1993 Colin Montgomerie 613,683
1992 Nick Faldo 708,522
1991 Seve Ballesteros 545,354
1990 Ian Woosnam 574,166
1989 Ronan Rafferty 400,311
1988 Seve Ballesteros 451,560
1987 Ian Woosnam 253,717
1986 Seve Ballesteros 242,209
1985 Sandy Lyle 162,553
1984 Bernhard Langer 139,344
1983 Nick Faldo 119,416
1982 Greg Norman 66,406
1981 Bernhard Langer 81,036
1980 Sandy Lyle 66,060
1979 Sandy Lyle 49,233
1978 Seve Ballesteros 54,348
1977 Seve Ballesteros 46,436
1976 Seve Ballesteros 39,504
1975 Dale Hayes 20,508

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.

Year Order of Merit leader Country Earnings (£) Leading money winner Country Earnings (£)
1974 Peter Oosterhuis 32,127 Peter Oosterhuis 32,127
1973 Peter Oosterhuis 17,455 Tony Jacklin 24,840
1972 Peter Oosterhuis 18,525 Bob Charles 18,538
1971 Peter Oosterhuis 9,270 Gary Player 11,281

Multiple Order of Merit winners

Rank Player Country Wins Last Win First Win
1 Colin Montgomerie 8 2005 1993
2 Seve Ballesteros 6 1991 1976
3 Peter Oosterhuis 4 1974 1971
4 Sandy Lyle 3 1985 1979
T5 Lee Westwood 2 2009 2000
Ernie Els 2 2004 2003
Retief Goosen 2 2002 2001
Nick Faldo 2 1992 1983
Ian Woosnam 2 1990 1987
Bernhard Langer 2 1984 1981

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.

Leading career money winners

The table below shows the top 10 career money leaders on the European Tour after the 2009 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.

Rank Player Country Prize money ()
1 Colin Montgomerie 23,911,733
2 Ernie Els 23,369,797
3 Pádraig Harrington 20,883,785
4 Lee Westwood 20,684,654
5 Retief Goosen 19,362,203
6 Darren Clarke 17,230,216
7 Miguel Ángel Jiménez 15,232,725
8 Sergio García 13,719,993
9 Vijay Singh 13,628,802
10 Ángel Cabrera 13,239,431
As of 22 November 2009.

There is a list of the top 100 on the European Tour's website 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.

Year Player of the year Country Rookie of the year Country
2009 Chris Wood
2008 Pádraig Harrington Pablo Larrazábal
2007 Pádraig Harrington Martin Kaymer
2006 Paul Casey Marc Warren
2005 Michael Campbell Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño
2004 Vijay Singh Scott Drummond
2003 Ernie Els Peter Lawrie
2002 Ernie Els Nick Dougherty
2001 Retief Goosen Paul Casey
2000 Lee Westwood Ian Poulter
1999 Colin Montgomerie Sergio García
1998 Lee Westwood Olivier Edmond
1997 Colin Montgomerie Scott Henderson
1996 Colin Montgomerie Thomas Bjørn
1995 Colin Montgomerie Jarmo Sandelin
1994 Ernie Els Jonathan Lomas
1993 Bernhard Langer Gary Orr
1992 Nick Faldo Jim Payne
1991 Seve Ballesteros Per-Ulrik Johansson
1990 Nick Faldo Russell Claydon
1989 Nick Faldo Paul Broadhurst
1988 Seve Ballesteros Colin Montgomerie
1987 Ian Woosnam Peter Baker
1986 Seve Ballesteros José María Olazábal
1985 Bernhard Langer Paul Thomas
1984 Philip Parkin
1983 Grant Turner
1982 Gordon Brand Jnr
1981 Jeremy Bennett
1980 Paul Hoad
1979 Mike Miller
1978 Sandy Lyle
1977 Nick Faldo
1976 Mark James
1975 No award
1974 Carl Mason
1973 Pip Elson
1972 Sam Torrance
1971 David Llewellyn
1970 Stuart Brown
1969 Peter Oosterhuis
1968 Bernard Gallacher
1967 No award
1966 Robin Liddle
1965 No award
1964 No award
1963 Tony Jacklin
1962 No award
1961 Alex Caygill
1960 Tommy Goodwin

Multiple Player of the Year winners

Rank Player Country Wins Last Win First Win
1 Colin Montgomerie 4 1999 1995
T2 Ernie Els 3 2003 1994
Nick Faldo 3 1992 1989
Seve Ballesteros 3 1991 1986
T5 Pádraig Harrington 2 2008 2007
Lee Westwood 2 2000 1998
Bernhard Langer 2 1993 1985

See also


  1. Dubai tourney winnings cut 25 percent

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