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

The Order of Merit was won by Scotland's Colin Montgomerie.


The table below shows the 1997 European Tour schedule which was made up of 35 regular tournaments, which included the major national opens around Europe. 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Players Championship, and the loss of the Catalan Open, the Austrian Open and the Scottish Open, which was effectively superseded by the Loch Lomond World Invitational.

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 Jan Johnnie Walker Classic Australia   Ernie Els (4)
30 Jan – 2 Feb Heineken Classic Australia   Miguel Ángel Martín (2)
6–9 Feb South African Open South Africa   Vijay Singh (7) New Tournament
13–16 Feb Dimension Data Pro-Am South Africa   Nick Price (6)
20–23 Feb Alfred Dunhill South African PGA Championship South Africa   Nick Price (7)
27 Feb – 2 Mar Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates   Richard Green (1)
6–9 Mar Moroccan Open Morocco   Clinton Whitelaw (1)
13–16 Mar Portuguese Open Portugal   Michael Jonzon (1)
20–23 Mar Turespana Masters Open de Canarias Spain   José María Olazábal (17)
27–30 Mar Madeira Island Open Portugal   Peter Mitchell (2)
10–13 Apr Masters Tournament United States   Tiger Woods (n/a) Unofficial money
17–20 Apr Europe 1 Cannes Open France   Stuart Cage (1)
24–27 Apr Peugeot Open de Espana Spain   Mark James (18)
1–4 May Conte of Florence Italian Open Italy   Bernhard Langer (36)
8–11 May Benson and Hedges International Open England   Bernhard Langer (37)
15–18 May Alamo English Open England   Per-Ulrik Johansson (4)
23–26 May Volvo PGA Championship England   Ian Woosnam (29)
29 May – 1 Jun Deutsche Bank Open TPC of Europe Germany   Ross McFarlane (1)
5–8 Jun Compaq European Grand Prix England   Colin Montgomerie (13)
12–15 Jun U.S. Open United States   Ernie Els (5) Unofficial money
19–22 Jun Volvo German Open Germany   Ignacio Garrido (1)
26–29 Jun Peugeot Open de France France   Retief Goosen (2)
3–6 Jul Murphy's Irish Open Republic of Ireland   Colin Montgomerie (14)
9–12 Jul Gulfstream Loch Lomond World Invitational Scotland   Tom Lehman (n/a)
17–20 Jul The Open Championship Scotland   Justin Leonard (n/a)
24–27 Jul Sun Microsystems Dutch Open Netherlands   Sven Strüver (2)
31 Jul – 3 Aug Volvo Scandinavian Masters Sweden   Joakim Haeggman (2)
7–10 Aug Chemapol Trophy Czech Open Czech Republic   Bernhard Langer (38)
14–17 Aug PGA Championship United States   Davis Love III (n/a) Unofficial money
21–24 Aug Smurfit European Open Republic of Ireland   Per-Ulrik Johansson (5)
28–31 Aug BMW International Open Germany   Robert Karlsson (2)
4–7 Sep Canon European Masters Switzerland   Costantino Rocca (4)
11–14 Sep Trophée Lancôme France   Mark O'Meara (n/a)
18–21 Sep One 2 One British Masters England   Greg Turner (4)
26–28 Sep Ryder Cup Spain   Europe Team event
2–5 Oct Linde German Masters Germany   Bernhard Langer (39)
9–12 Oct Toyota World Match Play Championship England   Vijay Singh (n/a) Unofficial money
16–19 Oct Alfred Dunhill Cup Scotland   South Africa Team event
23–26 Oct Oki Pro-Am Spain   Paul McGinley (2)
30 Oct – 2 Nov Volvo Masters Spain   Lee Westwood (2)

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] but is now converted to Euro.

Position Player Country Prize money ()
1 Colin Montgomerie   Scotland 1,118,527
2 Bernhard Langer   Germany 969,358
3 Lee Westwood   England 824,205
4 Darren Clarke   Northern Ireland 752,373
5 Ian Woosnam   Wales 704,988
6 Ignacio Garrido   Spain 576,072
7 Retief Goosen   South Africa 552,437
8 Pádraig Harrington   Ireland 544,575
9 José María Olazábal   Spain 539,908
10 Robert Karlsson   Sweden 510,359

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Tour History". PGA European Tour. Archived from the original on 4 April 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2013.

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