1997 European Tour

The 1997 European Tour was the 26th official season of golf tournaments known as the PGA European Tour.[1]

1997 European Tour season
Duration23 January 1997 (1997-01-23) – 4 January 1998 (1998-01-04)
Number of official events38
Most wins4 – Bernard Langer
Order of MeritColin Montgomerie
Golfer of the YearColin Montgomerie
Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the yearScott Henderson

The Order of Merit was won by Scotland's Colin Montgomerie for the fifth year in succession.


The table below shows the 1997 European Tour schedule which was made up of 34 tournaments counting for the Order of Merit, and several non-counting "Approved Special Events".[2] There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the South African Open, which replaced the FNB Players Championship, and the loss of the Catalan Open, the Austrian Open and the Scottish Open, which was effectively superseded by the Loch Lomond World Invitational.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner[a] OWGR
23–26 Jan Johnnie Walker Classic Australia   Ernie Els (4) 44 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
30 Jan – 2 Feb Heineken Classic Australia   Miguel Ángel Martín (2) 40 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
6–9 Feb South African Open South Africa   Vijay Singh (7) 34 New tournament; co-sanctioned with the Southern Africa Tour
13–16 Feb Dimension Data Pro-Am South Africa   Nick Price (6) 26 Co-sanctioned with the Southern Africa Tour
20–23 Feb Alfred Dunhill South African PGA Championship South Africa   Nick Price (7) 24 Co-sanctioned with the Southern Africa Tour
27 Feb – 2 Mar Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates   Richard Green (1) 40
6–9 Mar Moroccan Open Morocco   Clinton Whitelaw (1) 20
13–16 Mar Portuguese Open Portugal   Michael Jonzon (1) 20
20–23 Mar Turespaña Masters Open de Canarias Spain   José María Olazábal (17) 20
27–30 Mar Madeira Island Open Portugal   Peter Mitchell (2) 20
10–13 Apr Masters Tournament United States   Tiger Woods (n/a) 100 Major championship; non-tour event[a]
17–20 Apr Europe 1 Cannes Open France   Stuart Cage (1) 20
24–27 Apr Peugeot Open de España Spain   Mark James (18) 38
1–4 May Conte of Florence Italian Open Italy   Bernhard Langer (36) 28
8–11 May Benson and Hedges International Open England   Bernhard Langer (37) 36
15–18 May Alamo English Open England   Per-Ulrik Johansson (4) 34
23–26 May Volvo PGA Championship England   Ian Woosnam (29) 64 Flagship event
29 May – 1 Jun Deutsche Bank Open TPC of Europe Germany   Ross McFarlane (1) 26
5–8 Jun Compaq European Grand Prix England   Colin Montgomerie (13) 26
12–15 Jun U.S. Open United States   Ernie Els (5) 100 Major championship; non-tour event[a]
19–22 Jun Volvo German Open Germany   Ignacio Garrido (1) 24
26–29 Jun Peugeot Open de France France   Retief Goosen (2) 34
3–6 Jul Murphy's Irish Open Republic of Ireland   Colin Montgomerie (14) 38
9–12 Jul Gulfstream Loch Lomond World Invitational Scotland   Tom Lehman (n/a) 50
17–20 Jul The Open Championship Scotland   Justin Leonard (n/a) 100 Major championship
24–27 Jul Sun Microsystems Dutch Open Netherlands   Sven Strüver (2) 20
31 Jul – 3 Aug Volvo Scandinavian Masters Sweden   Joakim Haeggman (2) 34
7–10 Aug Chemapol Trophy Czech Open Czech Republic   Bernhard Langer (38) 24
14–17 Aug PGA Championship United States   Davis Love III (n/a) 100 Major championship; non-tour event[a]
21–24 Aug Smurfit European Open Republic of Ireland   Per-Ulrik Johansson (5) 32
28–31 Aug BMW International Open Germany   Robert Karlsson (2) 36
4–7 Sep Canon European Masters Switzerland   Costantino Rocca (4) 32
11–14 Sep Trophée Lancôme France   Mark O'Meara (n/a) 42
18–21 Sep One 2 One British Masters England   Greg Turner (4) 30
26–28 Sep Ryder Cup Spain   Europe n/a Approved special event; team event
2–5 Oct Linde German Masters Germany   Bernhard Langer (39) 38
9–12 Oct Toyota World Match Play Championship England   Vijay Singh (n/a) 42 Approved special event[a]
9–12 Oct Open Novotel Perrier France   Anders Forsbrand (n/a) &
  Michael Jonzon (n/a)
n/a Approved special event; pairs event
16–19 Oct Alfred Dunhill Cup Scotland   South Africa n/a Approved special event; team event
23–26 Oct Oki Pro-Am Spain   Paul McGinley (2) 20
30 Oct – 2 Nov Volvo Masters Spain   Lee Westwood (2) 28
6–9 Nov Sarazen World Open United States   Mark Calcavecchia (n/a) 40 Approved special event[a]
20–23 Nov World Cup of Golf United States   Ireland n/a Approved special event; team event
World Cup of Golf International Trophy   Colin Montgomerie (n/a) n/a Approved special event; individual prize
3–4 Jan Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf United States   Colin Montgomerie (n/a) 58 Approved special event[a]
  1. ^ a b c d e f g 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 retrospectively. 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][4]

Position Player Country Prize money (£)
1 Colin Montgomerie   Scotland 798,947
2 Bernhard Langer   Germany 692,398
3 Lee Westwood   England 588,718
4 Darren Clarke   Northern Ireland 537,409
5 Ian Woosnam   Wales 503,562
6 Ignacio Garrido   Spain 411,479
7 Retief Goosen   South Africa 394,597
8 Pádraig Harrington   Ireland 388,982
9 José María Olazábal   Spain 385,648
10 Robert Karlsson   Sweden 364,542


Award Winner Country
European Tour Golfer of the Year Colin Montgomerie   Scotland
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Scott Henderson   Scotland

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Tour History". PGA European Tour. Archived from the original on 4 April 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  2. ^ Hopkins, John (1 November 1996). "Schofield accepts the need for Tour to rebuild confidence". The Times. London, England. p. 48. Retrieved 2 May 2020 – via The Times Digital Archive.
  3. ^ "Events | European Tour | 1997". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  4. ^ "European Order of Merit". The Times. London, England. 5 November 1997. p. 50. Retrieved 2 May 2020 – via The Times Digital Archive.

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