1975 European Tour

The 1975 European Tour was a series of golf tournaments that comprised the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) Tournament Players’ Section circuit. It is officially recognised as the fourth season of the PGA European Tour.

1975 European Tour season
Duration8 April 1975 (1975-04-08) – 19 October 1975 (1975-10-19)
Number of official events19
Most wins2 – George Burns, Arnold Palmer, Bob Shearer
Order of MeritDale Hayes
Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the yearno award

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 South Africa's Dale Hayes.


The table below shows the 1975 European Tour schedule which was made up of 19 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 the other tournaments mostly held in England and Scotland.[2][3]

There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the Carroll's Irish Open, which replaced the Carroll's International, and the Kerrygold International Classic; and the loss of the Penfold Tournament, the W.D. & H.O. Wills Tournament and the El Paraiso Open. Following the withdrawal of sponsors, Lord Derby's Young Professionals' Tournament and the Coca-Cola Young Professionals' Championship were also lost from the schedule, the PGA ultimately decided to sponsor an under-25's event themselves.[4]

Dates Tournament Host country Winner[a] Notes
8–11 Apr Portuguese Open Portugal   Hal Underwood (1)
10–13 Apr Masters Tournament United States   Jack Nicklaus (n/a) Major championship; non-tour event[a]
16–19 Apr Spanish Open Spain   Arnold Palmer (n/a)
23–26 Apr Madrid Open Spain   Bob Shearer (1)
1–4 May French Open France   Brian Barnes (3)
7–10 May Piccadilly Medal England   Bob Shearer (2)
14–17 May Sumrie-Bournemouth Better-Ball England   Jack Newton (n/a) &
  John O'Leary (n/a)
Pairs event; not counting for the Order of Merit[a]
23–26 May Penfold PGA Championship England   Arnold Palmer (n/a)
11–14 Jun Martini International England   Christy O'Connor Jnr (1)
  Ian Stanley (1)[b]
19–22 Jun U.S. Open United States   Lou Graham (n/a) Major championship; non-tour event[a]
9–12 Jul The Open Championship Scotland   Tom Watson (n/a) Major championship
17–20 Jul Swiss Open Switzerland   Dale Hayes (1)
24–27 Jul Scandinavian Enterprise Open Sweden   George Burns (1)
31 Jul – 3 Aug German Open West Germany   Maurice Bembridge (5)
7–10 Aug PGA Championship United States   Jack Nicklaus (n/a) Major championship; non-tour event[a]
7–10 Aug Dutch Open Netherlands   Hugh Baiocchi (2)
13–16 Aug Benson & Hedges Festival England   Vicente Fernández (1)
28–31 Aug Carroll's Irish Open Republic of Ireland   Christy O'Connor Jnr (2) New tournament
3–6 Sep Sun Alliance Match Play Championship England   Eddie Polland (2)
11–14 Sep Kerrygold International Classic Republic of Ireland   George Burns (2) New tournament
18–20 Sep T.P.D. Young Professionals' Championship England   Dale Hayes (n/a) Approved special event
19–21 Sep Ryder Cup United States   United States Approved special event; team event
23–24 Sep Double Diamond Strokeplay Scotland   Peter Dawson (1)
25–27 Sep Double Diamond International Scotland   The Americas Approved special event; team event
1–4 Oct Dunlop Masters England   Bernard Gallacher (3)
9–11 Oct Piccadilly World Match Play England   Hale Irwin (n/a) Approved special event[a]
16–19 Oct Italian Open Italy   Billy Casper (n/a)
  1. ^ a b c d e f 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.
  2. ^ Titled shared.[5]

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.[6]

Position Player Country Points Prize money (£)
1 Dale Hayes   South Africa 17,487 20,507
2 Bob Shearer   Australia 13,920 16,040
3 Eamonn Darcy   Ireland 11,988 14,845
4 Brian Barnes   Scotland 10,491 13,492
5 Bernard Gallacher   Scotland 9,995 12,039
6 Hugh Baiocchi   South Africa 9,063 9,631
7 Christy O'Connor Jnr   Ireland 8,680 11,978
8 Jack Newton   Australia 8,631 16,394
9 Vicente Fernández   Argentina 8,263 10,108
10 Neil Coles   England 8,237 11,769

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Tour History". PGA European Tour. Archived from the original on 4 April 2010.
  2. ^ Ward-Thomas, Pat (18 December 1974). "Sun boost to £629,000". The Guardian. p. 23. Retrieved 14 June 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (18 December 1974). "Golf prize fund is only slightly down". Glasgow Herald. p. 3. Retrieved 14 June 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  4. ^ Ward-Thomas, Pat (25 February 1975). "The big hitters checked". The Guardian. p. 25. Retrieved 14 June 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (16 June 1975). "Two stroke it rich in Martini". Glasgow Herald. p. 17. Retrieved 14 June 2020 – via Google News Archive.
  6. ^ "Hayes tops merit table". Aberdeen Press and Journal. 11 November 1975. p. 20. Retrieved 14 June 2020 – via British Newspaper Archive.

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