1979 European Tour
The 1979 European Tour was a series of golf tournaments that comprised the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) European Tournament Players' Division (ETPD) run PGA European Golf Tour. It was the first time the circuit carried the European Tour name and is officially recognised as the eighth season of the PGA European Tour.
|Duration||12 April 1979– 28 October 1979|
|Number of official events||23|
|Most wins||3 – Sandy Lyle|
|Order of Merit||Sandy Lyle|
|Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the year||Mike Miller|
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, and adopted the title PGA European Golf Tour for the 1979 season. Also for the first time in 1979, players from continental Europe were eligible for the Ryder Cup.
The Order of Merit was won by Scotland's Sandy Lyle.
The table below shows the 1979 European Tour schedule which was made up of 23 tournaments counting for the Order of Merit, and some non-counting tournaments that later became known as "Approved Special Events". It included the major national opens around Europe, with the other tournaments mostly being held in England, Wales and Scotland. There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the Welsh Golf Classic and Lada English Golf Classic. A new team event was also planned for France, replacing the Sumrie Better-Ball, but it was not held.
- 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 "Approved Special Events" 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.
|Position||Player||Country||Prize money (£)|
|4||Dale Hayes||South Africa||32,540|
|Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year||Mike Miller||Scotland|