1973 European Tour

The 1973 European Tour was a series of golf tournaments that comprised the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) tournament circuit. It is officially recognised as the second season of the PGA European Tour.

1973 European Tour season
Duration28 March 1972 (1972-03-28) – 13 October 1972 (1972-10-13)
Number of official events21
Most wins3 – Peter Oosterhuis
Order of MeritPeter Oosterhuis
Leading money winnerTony Jacklin
Sir Henry Cotton
rookie of the year
Pip Elson

Historically, the PGA's Order of Merit only included tournaments in Great Britain and Ireland, but in 1970 events in continental Europe were included for the first time. The circuit and organisation evolved further over the following years, adopting the name PGA European Golf Tour in 1979.[1]

The Order of Merit was won by England's Peter Oosterhuis.


The table below shows the 1973 European Tour schedule which was made up of 21 tournaments counting for the Order of Merit, and some non-counting tournaments that later became known as "Approved Special Events". The schedule included the major national opens around Europe, with other tournaments mostly held in England, Scotland and Wales.[2]

There were three changes from the previous season, with the addition of the Portuguese Open and the Scandinavian Enterprise Open, and the loss of the John Player Trophy.[3]

Dates Tournament Host country Winner[a] Notes
28–31 Mar Madrid Open Spain   Germán Garrido (1)
4–7 Apr Portuguese Open Portugal   Jaime Benito (1) New tournament to the circuit
5–8 Apr Masters Tournament United States   Tommy Aaron (n/a) Major championship; non-tour event[a]
11–14 Apr Spanish Open Spain   Neil Coles (2)
18–21 Apr Italian Open Italy   Tony Jacklin (2)
25–28 Apr Piccadilly Medal England   Peter Oosterhuis (2)
10–12 May Penfold-Bournemouth Tournament England   Eddie Polland (1)
16–19 May Sumrie Better-Ball England   Neil Coles (n/a) &
  Bernard Hunt (n/a)
Pairs event; not counting for the Order of Merit[a]
23–26 May Benson & Hedges Match Play Championship England   Neil Coles (3)
31 May – 3 Jun French Open France   Peter Oosterhuis (3)
6–9 Jun Martini International Scotland   Maurice Bembridge (1)
14–16 Jun Coca-Cola Young Professionals' Championship England   Bernard Gallacher (n/a) Approved special event
14–17 Jun U.S. Open United States   Johnny Miller (n/a) Major championship; non-tour event[a]
21–24 Jun Carroll's International Republic of Ireland   Paddy McGuirk (1)
27–30 Jun Sunbeam Electric Scottish Open Scotland   Graham Marsh (3)
11–14 Jul The Open Championship Scotland   Tom Weiskopf (n/a) Major championship
19–22 Jul Scandinavian Enterprise Open Sweden   Bob Charles (3) New tournament
26–29 Jul Swiss Open Switzerland   Hugh Baiocchi (1)
2–5 Aug German Open West Germany   Francisco Abreu (1)
8–12 Aug Dutch Open Netherlands   Doug McClelland (1)
9–12 Aug PGA Championship United States   Jack Nicklaus (n/a) Major championship; non-tour event[a]
15–18 Aug Benson & Hedges Festival England   Vin Baker (1)
22–25 Aug Viyella PGA Championship England   Peter Oosterhuis (4)
30 Aug – 1 Sep Double Diamond International England   Scotland Approved special event; team event
5–8 Sep W.D. & H.O. Wills Tournament England   Charles Coody (n/a)
20–22 Sept Ryder Cup Scotland   United States Approved special event; team event
26–29 Sep John Player Classic Scotland   Charles Coody (n/a)
3–6 Oct Dunlop Masters Wales   Tony Jacklin (3)
11–13 Oct Piccadilly World Match Play England   Gary Player (n/a) Approved special event
  1. ^ a b c d e The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names show the number of official career wins they had on the European Tour up to and including that event. Totals are only shown for members of the European Tour and are inclusive of the three United States-based major championships since, although not official tour events at the time, they have been recognised as such retrospecively. Victories in tournaments later designated as "Approved Special Events", along with other events not counting towards the Order of Merit, are not recognised as official tour wins.

Order of MeritEdit

The PGA European Tour's money list was known as the "Order of Merit". It was based on a points system, which meant that some players could finish lower than others despite accumulating more prize money.[4]

Position Player Country Points Prize money (£)
1 Peter Oosterhuis   England 3,440.42 17,455
2 Maurice Bembridge   England 2,980.14 10,773
3 Hugh Baiocchi   South Africa 2,904.35 11,870
4 Dale Hayes   South Africa 2,736.07 10,188
5 Brian Barnes   Scotland 2,675.62 9,778
6 Eddie Polland   Northern Ireland 2,635.25 8,146
7 Tony Jacklin   England 24,840
8 Bernard Gallacher   Scotland 8,676
9 Neil Coles   England 14,748
10 Jack Newton   Australia 7,939


Award Winner Country
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Pip Elson   England

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Tour History". PGA European Tour. Archived from the original on 4 April 2010.
  2. ^ "£½m. to be won on PGA circuit". Glasgow Herald. 19 January 1973. p. 4. Retrieved 15 June 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  3. ^ Rodney, Bob (26 January 1973). "Top two for Player Classic". Daily Mirror. p. 27. Retrieved 15 June 2020 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ "Oosty ahead of Bembridge". Birmingham Daily Post. 13 October 1973. p. 21. Retrieved 15 June 2020 – via British Newspaper Archive.

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