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The 1989 European Tour was the 18th official season of golf tournaments known as the PGA European Tour. It marked the tour's first visit to Asia, with the inaugural Karl Litten Desert Classic.[1]

The Order of Merit was won by Northern Ireland's Ronan Rafferty.


The table below shows the 1989 European Tour schedule which was made up of 36 tournaments, which included the major national opens around Europe. There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the Tenerife Open, the Dubai Desert Classic, the Volvo Open Championship, the Murphy's Cup, the BMW International Open and the Catalan Open, which replaced the Barcelona Open.

The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names show the number of career wins they had on the European Tour up to and including that event. This is only shown for members of the European Tour.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner Notes
23–26 Feb Tenerife Open Spain   José María Olazábal (5) New tournament
2–5 Mar Karl Litten Desert Classic United Arab Emirates   Mark James (10) New tournament
9–13 Mar Open Renault de Baleares Spain   Ove Sellberg (2)
16–19 Mar Massimo Dutti Catalan Open Spain   Mark Roe (1) New tournament
24–27 Mar AGF Open France   Mark James (11)
30 Mar – 2 Apr Volvo Open Championship Italy   Vijay Singh (1) New tournament
6–9 Apr Masters Tournament United States   Nick Faldo (16) Unofficial money
6–9 Apr Jersey European Airways Open Jersey   Christy O'Connor Jnr (3)
13–16 Apr Credit Lyonnais Cannes Open France   Paul Broadhurst (1)
19–23 Apr Cepsa Madrid Open Spain   Seve Ballesteros (40)
27–30 Apr Peugeot Spanish Open Spain   Bernhard Langer (20)
4–7 May Epson Grand Prix of Europe Wales   Seve Ballesteros (41)
11–14 May Volvo Belgian Open Belgium   Gordon J. Brand (1)
18–21 May Lancia Italian Open Italy   Ronan Rafferty (1)
27–30 May Volvo PGA Championship England   Nick Faldo (17)
1–4 Jun Dunhill British Masters England   Nick Faldo (18)
8–11 Jun Wang Four Stars England   Craig Parry (1)
15–18 Jun U.S. Open United States   Curtis Strange (n/a) Unofficial money
15–18 Jun NM English Open England   Mark James (12)
22–25 Jun Carroll's Irish Open Republic of Ireland   Ian Woosnam (12)
29 Jun – 2 Jul Peugeot Open de France France   Nick Faldo (19)
5–8 Jul Torras Monte Carlo Open Monaco   Mark McNulty (8)
12–15 Jul Bell's Scottish Open Scotland   Michael Allen (1)
20–23 Jul The Open Championship Scotland   Mark Calcavecchia (n/a)
27–30 Jul KLM Dutch Open Netherlands   José María Olazábal (6)
3–6 Aug Scandinavian Enterprise Open Sweden   Ronan Rafferty (2)
10–13 Aug PGA Championship United States   Payne Stewart (n/a) Unofficial money
10–13 Aug Benson and Hedges International Open England   Gordon Brand, Jnr (7)
16–19 Aug Murphy's Cup Wales   Hugh Baiocchi (7) New tournament
17–20 Aug PLM Open Sweden   Mike Harwood (2)
24–27 Aug German Open West Germany   Craig Parry (2)
31 Aug – 3 Sep Ebel European Masters Swiss Open Switzerland   Seve Ballesteros (42)
7–10 Sep Panasonic European Open England   Andrew Murray (1)
14–17 Sep Lancome Trophy France   Eduardo Romero (1)
5–8 Oct German Masters West Germany   Bernhard Langer (21)
12–15 Oct BMW International Open West Germany   David Feherty (3) New tournament
12–15 Oct Suntory World Match Play England   Nick Faldo (n/a) Unofficial money
19–22 Oct Portuguese Open TPC Portugal   Colin Montgomerie (1)
26–29 Oct Volvo Masters Spain   Ronan Rafferty (3)

Order of MeritEdit

The PGA European Tour's money list was known as the "Volvo Order of Merit". It was based on prize money earned during the season and calculated in Pound sterling.[1]

Position Player Country Prize money (£)
1 Ronan Rafferty   Northern Ireland 400,311
2 José María Olazábal   Spain 336,239
3 Craig Parry   Australia 277,322
4 Nick Faldo   England 261,553
5 Mark James   England 245,917
6 Ian Woosnam   Wales 210,101
7 Bernhard Langer   West Germany 205,195
8 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 202,763
9 Mark McNulty   Zimbabwe 179,694
10 David Feherty   Northern Ireland 178,167

See alsoEdit


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

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