1980 European Tour

The 1980 European Tour was the ninth official season of golf tournaments known as the PGA European Tour and organised by the Professional Golfers' Association.

1980 European Tour season
Duration17 April 1980 (1980-04-17) – 26 October 1980 (1980-10-26)
Number of official events23
Most wins3 – Seve Ballesteros
Order of MeritSandy Lyle
Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the yearPaul Hoad

The Order of Merit was won by Scotland's Sandy Lyle.


The table below shows the 1980 European Tour schedule which was made up of 23 tournaments counting for the Official Money List, and some non-counting tournaments later known as "Approved Special Events". There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the Newcastle Brown "900" Open, the Merseyside International Open and the Bob Hope British Classic; and the loss of the British PGA Matchplay Championship, the Portuguese Open and the Belgian Open.[1][2]

Dates Tournament Host country Winner[a] Notes
10–13 Apr Masters Tournament United States   Seve Ballesteros (11) Major championship; non-tour event[a]
17–20 Apr Italian Open Italy   Massimo Mannelli (1)
24–27 Apr Madrid Open Spain   Seve Ballesteros (12)
1–4 May Benson and Hedges Spanish Open Spain   Eddie Polland (4)
8–11 May Paco Rabanne Open de France France   Greg Norman (3)
15–18 May Martini International England   Seve Ballesteros (13)
23–26 May Sun Alliance PGA Championship England   Nick Faldo (3)
29 May – 1 Jun Avis Jersey Open Jersey   José Maria Cañizares (1)
5–8 Jun Newcastle Brown "900" Open England   Des Smyth (2) New tournament
12–15 Jun U.S. Open United States   Jack Nicklaus (n/a) Major championship; non-tour event[a]
19–22 Jun Cold Shield Greater Manchester Open England   Des Smyth (3)
26–29 Jun Coral Welsh Classic Wales   Sandy Lyle (4)
3–6 Jul Scandinavian Enterprise Open Sweden   Greg Norman (4)
9–12 Jul Mazda Cars English Classic England   Manuel Piñero (4)
17–20 Jul The Open Championship Scotland   Tom Watson (n/a) Major championship
24–27 Jul Dutch Open Netherlands   Seve Ballesteros (14)
7–10 Aug PGA Championship United States   Jack Nicklaus (n/a) Major championship; non-tour event[a]
7–10 Aug Benson and Hedges International Open England   Graham Marsh (7)
14–17 Aug Carroll's Irish Open Republic of Ireland   Mark James (4)
21–24 Aug Braun German Open West Germany   Mark McNulty (2)
28–31 Aug Swiss Open Switzerland   Nick Price (1)
4–7 Sep European Open England   Tom Kite (n/a)
11–14 Sep Hennessy Cognac Cup England   Great Britain and Ireland Approved special event; team event
11–13 Sep Merseyside International Open England   Ian Mosey (1) New tournament; alternate to the Hennessy Cognac Cup
18–21 Sep Haig Whisky TPC England   Bernard Gallacher (6)
25–28 Sep Bob Hope British Classic England   José Maria Cañizares (2) New tournament
1–4 Oct Dunlop Masters Wales   Bernhard Langer (1)
9–12 Oct Suntory World Match Play England   Greg Norman (n/a) Approved special event
16–19 Oct Trophée Lancôme France   Lee Trevino (n/a) Approved special event
23–26 Oct Cacharel World Under-25 Championship France   Jack Renner (n/a) Approved special event
  1. ^ a b c d 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.

Official Money ListEdit

In 1980, the PGA European Tour's money list was retitled as the "Official Money List" having previously been known as the "Order of Merit".[3] 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 66,060
2 Greg Norman   Australia 74,829
3 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 52,090
4 Nick Faldo   England 46,054
5 Brian Barnes   Scotland 38,598
6 Mark James   England 33,907
7 José Maria Cañizares   Spain 35,534
8 Ken Brown   Scotland 33,220
9 Bernhard Langer   West Germany 32,395
10 Des Smyth   Ireland 31,521


Award Winner Country
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Paul Hoad   England

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Plumridge, Christopher (19 December 1979). "Television feat on 1980 tour". The Guardian. London, England. p. 21. Retrieved 10 June 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Now Euro stars chase record £1.8m in circuit cash bonanza". Coventry Evening Telegraph. Coventry, England. 20 December 1979. p. 33. Retrieved 10 June 2020 – via British Newspapers Archive.
  3. ^ "Tour History". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 21 June 2013.

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