1976 European Tour
The 1976 European Tour was a series of golf tournaments that comprised the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) Tournament Players’ Division circuit. It is officially recognised as the fifth season of the PGA European Tour.
Historically, the PGA's Order of Merit only included tournaments in Great Britain and Ireland, but in 1972 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 Spain's Seve Ballesteros.
The table below shows the 1976 European Tour schedule which was made up of 22 tournaments, which included the major national opens around Europe. The other tournaments were mostly held in England and Scotland. There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the Greater Manchester Open, the Uniroyal International and the Lancome Trophy, and the Benson & Hedges Festival being retitled as the Benson and Hedges International Open.
The three major championships played in the United States were not part of the tour at the time, but victories in them have since been retrospectively counted as official tour wins.
|8–11 Apr||Masters Tournament||United States||Raymond Floyd (n/a)|
|17–20 Jun||U.S. Open||United States||Jerry Pate (n/a)|
|12–15 Aug||PGA Championship||United States||Dave Stockton (n/a)|
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||Prize money (£)|
|10||Simon Hobday||South Africa||15,196|