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.
|Duration||8 April 1975– 19 October 1975|
|Number of official events||19|
|Most wins||2 – George Burns, Arnold Palmer, Bob Shearer|
|Order of Merit||Dale Hayes|
|Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the year||no 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Titled shared.
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.
|Position||Player||Country||Points||Prize money (£)|
|1||Dale Hayes||South Africa||17,487||20,507|
|6||Hugh Baiocchi||South Africa||9,063||9,631|
|7||Christy O'Connor Jnr||Ireland||8,680||11,978|
- "Tour History". PGA European Tour. Archived from the original on 4 April 2010.
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