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The 1979 European Tour was the eighth official season of golf tournaments known as the PGA European Tour and organised by the Professional Golfers' Association.

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 24 tournaments, which included the major national opens around Europe. The other tournaments were mostly 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, and the return of the Lancome Trophy.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner Notes
12–15 Apr Masters Tournament* United States   Fuzzy Zoeller (n/a)
12–15 Apr Portuguese Open Portugal   Brian Barnes (7)
19–22 Apr Spanish Open Spain   Dale Hayes (4)
26–29 Apr Madrid Open Spain   Simon Hobday (2)
3–6 May Italian Open Italy   Brian Barnes (8)
10–13 May French Open France   Bernard Gallacher (5)
17–20 May Colgate PGA Championship England   Vicente Fernández (2)
25–28 May Martini International England   Greg Norman (2)
31 May – 3 Jun B.A./Avis Open Jersey   Sandy Lyle (1)
7–10 Jun Belgian Open Belgium   Gavan Levenson (1)
14–17 Jun U.S. Open* United States   Hale Irwin (n/a)
14–17 Jun Welsh Golf Classic Wales   Mark James (2) New tournament
21–24 Jun Greater Manchester Open England   Mark McNulty (1)
28 Jun – 1 Jul Lada English Golf Classic England   Seve Ballesteros (9) New tournament
5–8 Jul Scandinavian Enterprise Open Sweden   Sandy Lyle (2)
18–21 Jul The Open Championship Scotland   Seve Ballesteros (10)
26–29 Jul Dutch Open Netherlands   Graham Marsh (5)
2–5 Aug PGA Championship* United States   David Graham (n/a)
2–5 Aug Sun Alliance Match Play Championship Scotland   Des Smyth (1)
9–12 Aug Benson and Hedges International Open England   Maurice Bembridge (6)
16–19 Aug Braun German Open West Germany   Tony Jacklin (6)
23–26 Aug Carroll's Irish Open Republic of Ireland   Mark James (3)
30 Aug – 2 Sep Swiss Open Switzerland   Hugh Baiocchi (5)
6–9 Sep European Open England   Sandy Lyle (3)
20–23 Sep SOS Talisman TPC England   Michael King (1)
3–6 Oct Dunlop Masters Wales   Graham Marsh (6)
11–14 Oct Suntory World Match Play England   Bill Rogers (n/a) Unofficial event
25–28 Oct Lancome Trophy France   Johnny Miller (n/a) Unofficial event

*The three majors played in the United States were not official money events, but wins in them were retroactively made official.

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 Sandy Lyle   Scotland 49,233
2 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 47,411
3 Mark James   England 38,534
4 Dale Hayes   South Africa 32,540
5 Michael King   England 29,725
6 Brian Barnes   Scotland 28,204
7 Ken Brown   Scotland 25,407
8 Antonio Garrido   Spain 24,665
9 Tony Jacklin   England 22,179
10 Neil Coles   England 21,351

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