1991 European Tour

The 1991 European Tour was the 20th official season of golf tournaments known as the PGA European Tour.[1]

1991 European Tour season
Duration7 February 1991 (1991-02-07) – 22 December 1991 (1991-12-22)
Number of official events34
Most wins2 – Seve Ballesteros, José María Olazábal, Craig Parry, Steven Richardson, Ian Woosnam
Order of MeritSeve Ballesteros
Golfer of the YearSeve Ballesteros
Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the yearPer-Ulrik Johansson

The Order of Merit was won by Spain's Seve Ballesteros for the sixth time, having previously won in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1986 and 1988.


The table below shows the 1991 European Tour schedule which was originally made up of 38 tournaments counting for the Order of Merit, and eight non-counting "Approved Special Events". There were several changes from the previous season, with the return of both the Catalan Open and the Jersey Open; the addition of the Girona Open; the loss of the Tenerife Open; and the Scandinavian Enterprise Open and the PLM Open were merged to create the Scandinavian Masters.[2]

After provisionally being scheduled for 14–17 October, the Portuguese Open was moved to 21–24 March, taking the venue and dates of the Atlantic Open, which was lost from the calendar.[3] Also before the season started, three more tournaments were removed from the schedule; the Dubai Desert Classic was cancelled due to the Gulf War, the El Bosque Open was cancelled due to lack of sponsorship, and the AGF Open was cancelled as sponsors sought to replace the event's promotion company.[4] These changes resulted in a reduction to 34 counting tournaments for the Order of Merit.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner[a] OWGR
7–10 Feb Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates Cancelled
14–17 Feb El Bosque Open Spain Cancelled
21–24 Feb Girona Open Spain   Steven Richardson (1) 24 New Tournament
28 Feb – 3 Mar Fujitsu Mediterranean Open France   Ian Woosnam (17) 38
7–10 Mar Open de Baleares Spain   Gavan Levenson (2) 30
14–17 Mar Open Catalonia Spain   José María Olazábal (10) 32
21–24 Mar Vinho Verde Atlantic Open Portugal Cancelled
21–24 Mar Portuguese Open Portugal   Steven Richardson (2) 16
28–31 Mar Volvo Open di Firenze Italy   Anders Forsbrand (2) 16
4–7 Apr AGF Open France Cancelled
11–14 Apr Masters Tournament United States   Ian Woosnam (18) 100 Major championship; non-tour event[a]
11–14 Apr Jersey European Airways Open Jersey   Sam Torrance (14) 16 Opposite the Masters Tournament
18–21 Apr Benson and Hedges International Open England   Bernhard Langer (24) 52
25–28 Apr Madrid Open Spain   Andrew Sherborne (1) 20
2–5 May Credit Lyonnais Cannes Open France   David Feherty (4) 24
9–12 May Peugeot Spanish Open Spain   Eduardo Romero (3) 48
16–19 May Lancia Martini Italian Open Italy   Craig Parry (3) 42
24–27 May Volvo PGA Championship England   Seve Ballesteros (44) 64 Flagship event
30 May – 2 Jun Dunhill British Masters England   Seve Ballesteros (45) 42
6–9 Jun Murphy's Cup England   Tony Johnstone (3) 34
13–16 Jun U.S. Open United States   Payne Stewart (n/a) 100 Major championship; non-tour event[a]
13–16 Jun Renault Belgian Open Belgium   Per-Ulrik Johansson (1) 16 Opposite the U.S. Open
20–23 Jun Carroll's Irish Open Republic of Ireland   Nick Faldo (22) 48
27–30 Jun Peugeot Open de France France   Eduardo Romero (4) 42
3–6 Jul Torras Monte Carlo Open Monaco   Ian Woosnam (19) 44
10–13 Jul Bell's Scottish Open Scotland   Craig Parry (4) 56
18–21 Jul The Open Championship England   Ian Baker-Finch (2) 100 Major championship
25–28 Jul Heineken Dutch Open Netherlands   Payne Stewart (n/a) 44
1–4 Aug Scandinavian Masters Sweden   Colin Montgomerie (2) 48 New tournament
8–11 Aug PGA Championship United States   John Daly (1) 100 Major championship; non-tour event[a]
8–11 Aug European Pro-Celebrity England   Paul Broadhurst (2) 16 Opposite the PGA Championship
15–18 Aug NM English Open England   David Gilford (1) 30
22–25 Aug Volvo German Open Germany   Mark McNulty (11) 30
29 Aug – 1 Sep GA European Open England   Mike Harwood (5) 52
5–8 Sep Canon European Masters Swiss Open Switzerland   Jeff Hawkes (1) 36
12–15 Sep Lancome Trophy France   Frank Nobilo (2) 56
16–17 Sep Equity & Law Challenge England   Brian Marchbank (n/a) n/a Approved Special Event
19–22 Sep Epson Grand Prix of Europe Wales   José María Olazábal (11) 38
26–29 Sep Mitsubishi Austrian Open Austria   Mark Davis (1) 16
27–29 Sep Ryder Cup United States   United States n/a Approved Special Event; team event
2–6 Oct Mercedes German Masters Germany   Bernhard Langer (25) 50
10–13 Oct BMW International Open Germany   Sandy Lyle (16) 38
10–13 Oct Dunhill Cup Scotland   Sweden n/a Approved Special Event; team event
17–20 Oct Toyota World Match Play Championship England   Seve Ballesteros (n/a) 48 Approved Special Event
24–27 Oct Volvo Masters Spain   Rodger Davis (6) 52
31 Oct – 3 Nov World Cup Italy   Sweden n/a Approved Special Event; team event
World Cup International Trophy   Ian Woosnam (n/a) n/a Approved Special Event; individual prize
7–10 Nov Benson & Hedges Trophy Spain   Anders Forsbrand & Helen Alfredsson n/a Approved Special Event; mixed pairs event
7–10 Nov Asahi Glass Four Tours World Championship Australia Europe n/a Approved Special Event; team event
19–22 Dec Johnnie Walker World Golf Championship Jamaica   Fred Couples (n/a) 64 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.

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[6][7] Country Prize money (£)
1 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 545,353
2 Steven Richardson   England 393,155
3 Bernhard Langer   Germany 372,703
4 Colin Montgomerie   Scotland 343,575
5 Craig Parry   Australia 328,116
6 Rodger Davis   Australia 317,441
7 José María Olazábal   Spain 302,270
8 Ian Woosnam   Wales 257,433
9 David Gilford   England 249,240
10 Nick Faldo   England 245,892


Award Winner Country
European Tour Golfer of the Year Seve Ballesteros   Spain
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Per-Ulrik Johansson   Sweden

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Tour History". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  2. ^ Platts, Mitchell (13 October 1990). "Tour offers £20m pickings". The Times. p. 30. Retrieved 25 April 2020 – via The Times Digital Archive.
  3. ^ "European Tour itinerary". The Observer. London, England. 24 February 1991. p. 46. Retrieved 25 April 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Sport in brief | Golf". The Guardian. London, England. 16 January 1991. p. 16. Retrieved 25 April 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Events | European Tour | 1991". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Weekend results | Golf". The Guardian. London, England. 28 October 1991. p. 19. Retrieved 26 April 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Final Scores from Valderrama". The Times. 28 October 1991. p. 40. Retrieved 26 April 2020 – via The Times Digital Archive.

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