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.[1]

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.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner Notes
14–17 Apr Portuguese Open Portugal   Salvador Balbuena (1)
21–24 Apr Spanish Open Spain   Eddie Polland (3)
28 Apr – 1 May Madrid Open Spain   Francisco Abreu (2)
6–9 May French Open France   Vincent Tshabalala (1)
12–15 May Piccadilly Medal England   Sam Torrance (1)
28–31 May Penfold PGA Championship England   Neil Coles (5)
4–7 Jun Kerrygold International Classic Republic of Ireland   Tony Jacklin (5)
9–12 Jun Martini International England   Sam Torrance (2)
17–20 Jun Greater Manchester Open England   John O'Leary (1) New tournament
23–26 Jun Uniroyal International England   Tommy Horton (3) New tournament
7–10 Jul The Open Championship Scotland   Johnny Miller (n/a)
15–18 Jul Scandinavian Enterprise Open Sweden   Hugh Baiocchi (3)
22–25 Jul Swiss Open Switzerland   Manuel Piñero (2)
5–8 Aug Dutch Open Netherlands   Seve Ballesteros (1)
12–15 Aug German Open West Germany   Simon Hobday (1)
17–18 Aug Double Diamond Individual Championship Scotland   Simon Owen (2)
26–29 Aug Carroll's Irish Open Republic of Ireland   Ben Crenshaw (n/a)
2–5 Sep Sun Alliance Match Play Championship England   Brian Barnes (4)
22–25 Sep Benson and Hedges International Open England   Graham Marsh (4)
29 Sep – 2 Oct Dunlop Masters Wales   Baldovino Dassù (1)
7–9 Oct Piccadilly World Match Play England   David Graham (n/a) Unofficial event
14–17 Oct Lancome Trophy France   Seve Ballesteros (n/a) New tournament
Unofficial money
21–24 Oct Italian Open Italy   Baldovino Dassù (2)

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.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner Notes
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 (£)
1 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 39,504
2 Eamonn Darcy   Ireland 25,027
3 Sam Torrance   Scotland 20,917
4 Manuel Piñero   Spain 19,946
5 Tommy Horton   England 22,781
6 Neil Coles   England 20,543
7 Martin Foster   England 17,436
8 Brian Barnes   Scotland 23,350
9 Baldovino Dassù   Italy 13,405
10 Simon Hobday   South Africa 15,196

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Tour History". PGA European Tour. Archived from the original on 4 April 2010.

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