1982 European Tour

The 1982 European Tour was the 11th official season of golf tournaments known as the PGA European Tour and organised by the Professional Golfers' Association. It was the first year that the schedule included a tournament outside Europe, visiting North Africa for the Tunisian Open.[1][2]

1982 European Tour season
Duration15 April 1982 (1982-04-15) – 7 November 1982 (1982-11-07)
Number of official events27
Most wins2 – Seve Ballesteros, Gordon Brand Jnr, Bernard Gallacher, Greg Norman, Sam Torrance
Order of MeritGreg Norman
Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the yearGordon Brand Jnr

The Official Money List was won by Australia's Greg Norman.


The table below shows the 1982 European Tour schedule which was made up of 27 tournaments counting for the Official Money List, and some non-counting "Approved Special Events". There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the Tunisian Open, the Car Care Plan International[2] and the Sanyo Open, the return of the Portuguese Open; and the Lancome Trophy became a counting event for the first time.[3]

Shortly after the start of the season, the Greater Manchester Open was cancelled.[4]

Dates Tournament Host country Winner[a] Notes
8–11 Apr Masters Tournament United States   Craig Stadler (n/a) Major championship; non-tour event[a]
15–18 Apr Tunisian Open Tunisia   Antonio Garrido (4) New tournament
22–25 Apr Cepsa Madrid Open Spain   Seve Ballesteros (17)
29 Apr – 2 May Italian Open Italy   Mark James (5)
6–9 May Paco Rabanne Open de France France   Seve Ballesteros (18)
13–16 May Martini International England   Bernard Gallacher (8)
20–23 May Car Care Plan International England   Brian Waites (2) New tournament
28–31 May Sun Alliance PGA Championship England   Tony Jacklin (8)
3–6 Jun Jersey Open Jersey   Bernard Gallacher (9)
10–13 Jun Dunlop Masters England   Greg Norman (7)
17–20 Jun U.S. Open United States   Tom Watson (n/a) Major championship; non-tour event[a]
17–20 Jun Greater Manchester Open England Cancelled
24–27 Jun Coral Classic Wales   Gordon Brand, Jnr (1)
1–4 Jul Scandinavian Enterprise Open Sweden   Bob Byman (4)
7–10 Jul State Express Classic England   Greg Norman (8)
15–18 Jul The Open Championship England   Tom Watson (n/a) Major championship
22–25 Jul Lawrence Batley International England   Sandy Lyle (7)
27 Jul – 1 Aug Lufthansa German Open West Germany   Bernhard Langer (4)
5–8 Aug PGA Championship United States   Raymond Floyd (n/a) Major championship; non-tour event[a]
5–8 Aug KLM Dutch Open Netherlands   Paul Way (1)
12–15 Aug Carroll's Irish Open Republic of Ireland   John O'Leary (2)
19–22 Aug Benson and Hedges International Open England   Greg Norman (9)
26–29 Aug Ebel Swiss Open Switzerland   Ian Woosnam (1)
2–5 Sep European Open England   Manuel Piñero (7)
9–12 Sep Hennessy Cognac Cup England   Great Britain and Ireland Approved special event; team event
Hennessy Cognac Cup Individual   Mark James (n/a) Approved special event
16–19 Sep Haig Whisky TPC Scotland   Nick Faldo (5)
23–26 Sep Bob Hope British Classic England   Gordon Brand, Jnr (2)
30 Sep – 3 Oct Benson and Hedges Spanish Open Spain   Sam Torrance (4)
7–10 Oct Sanyo Open Spain   Neil Coles (7) New tournament
14–17 Oct Suntory World Match Play England   Seve Ballesteros (n/a) Approved special event
21–24 Oct Lancome Trophy France   David Graham (n/a)
27–30 Oct Cacharel World Under-25 Championship France   Ian Woosnam (n/a) Approved special event
4–7 Nov Portuguese Open Portugal   Sam Torrance (5)
  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

The PGA European Tour's money list was known as the "Official Money List". It was based on prize money earned during the season and calculated in Pound sterling.

Position Player Country Prize money (£)
1 Greg Norman   Australia 66,406
2 Sandy Lyle   Scotland 61,518
3 Sam Torrance   Scotland 61,517
4 Nick Faldo   England 56,884
5 Manuel Piñero   Spain 54,211
6 Bernhard Langer   West Germany 43,848
7 Gordon Brand, Jnr   Scotland 38,842
8 Ian Woosnam   Wales 38,820
9 Bernard Gallacher   Scotland 38,589
10 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 38,437


Award Winner Country
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Gordon Brand Jnr   Scotland

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Tour History". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b Dobereiner, Peter (7 December 1981). "European prizes shooting up". The Guardian. London, England. p. 19. Retrieved 9 June 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Tour tourney". Aberdeen Evening Express. Aberdeen, Scotland. 15 March 1982. p. 14. Retrieved 9 June 2020 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ Hennessy, John (22 April 1982). "Tournament cancelled". The Times. London, England. p. 22. Retrieved 9 June 2020 – via The Times Digital Archive.

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