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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.

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, 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 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, the Belgian Open and the Lancome Trophy.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner Notes
10–13 Apr Masters Tournament* United States   Seve Ballesteros (11)
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)
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)
24–27 Jul Dutch Open Netherlands   Seve Ballesteros (14)
7–10 Aug PGA Championship* United States   Jack Nicklaus (n/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)
11–13 Sep Merseyside International Open England   Ian Mosey (1) New tournament
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) Unofficial event

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

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".[1] 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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Tour History". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 21 June 2013.

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