1999 European Tour

The 1999 European Tour was the 28th official season of golf tournaments known as the PGA European Tour.[1]

1999 European Tour season
Duration14 January 1999 (1999-01-14) – 21 November 1999 (1999-11-21)
Number of official events41
Most wins5 – Colin Montgomerie
Order of MeritColin Montgomerie
Golfer of the YearColin Montgomerie
Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the yearSergio García

The Order of Merit was won by Scotland's Colin Montgomerie for the seventh successive year; he won five official-money tournaments during the season, including Volvo PGA Championship, and also added the Cisco World Match Play Championship.[2]


The table below shows the 1999 European Tour schedule which was made up of 41 tournaments counting towards the Order of Merit, which included the U.S. Open and PGA Championship for the first time; and several non-counting "Approved Special Events".[3]

There were many changes from the previous season, with the addition of three new World Golf Championships, the Davidoff Tour co-sanctioned Malaysian Open, the Estoril Open,[4] the West of Ireland Golf Classic (also a Challenge Tour event),[5] and the Scottish PGA Championship;[6] and the loss of the Johnnie Walker Classic due to rescheduling from January to November, and the Cannes Open. The Open Novotel Perrier was also lost from the schedule as sponsors switched to support the Open de France; the Sarazen World Open, which had been discontinued as a result of the creation of the WGCs, was revived as a full tour event and took the dates on the calendar opposite the Cisco World Match Play Championship.[7]

Dates Tournament Host country Winner[a] OWGR
14–17 Jan Alfred Dunhill South African PGA Championship South Africa   Ernie Els (7) 24 Co-sanctioned with the Southern Africa Tour
21–24 Jan Mercedes-Benz - Vodacom South African Open South Africa   David Frost (2) 34 Co-sanctioned with the Southern Africa Tour
28–31 Jan Heineken Classic Australia   Jarrod Moseley (1) 30 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
4–7 Feb Benson and Hedges Malaysian Open Malaysia   Gerry Norquist (1) 24 New tournament; co-sanctioned with the Davidoff Tour
11–14 Feb Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates   David Howell (1) 42
17–20 Feb Qatar Masters Qatar   Paul Lawrie (2) 24
24–28 Feb WGC-Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship United States   Jeff Maggert (n/a) 76 New tournament; World Golf Championships
4–7 Mar Algarve Portuguese Open Portugal   Van Phillips (1) 24
11–14 Mar Turespaña Masters - Open Andalucía Spain   Miguel Ángel Jiménez (5) 24
25–28 Mar Madeira Island Open Portugal   Pedro Linhart (1) 24
8–11 Apr Masters Tournament United States   José María Olazábal (19) 100 Major championship; unofficial money
15–18 Apr Estoril Open Portugal   Jean-François Remésy (1) 24 New tournament
22–25 Apr Peugeot Open de España Spain   Jarmo Sandelin (3) 26
29 Apr – 2 May Fiat and Fila Italian Open Italy   Dean Robertson (1) 28
6–9 May Novotel Perrier Open de France France   Retief Goosen (3) 24
13–16 May Benson and Hedges International Open England   Colin Montgomerie (18) 38
21–24 May Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe Germany   Tiger Woods (n/a) 50
28–31 May Volvo PGA Championship England   Colin Montgomerie (19) 64 Flagship event
3–6 Jun Compass Group English Open England   Darren Clarke (5) 30
10–13 Jun German Open Germany   Jarmo Sandelin (4) 24
17–20 Jun Moroccan Open Morocco   Miguel Ángel Martín (3) 24
17–20 Jun U.S. Open United States   Payne Stewart (n/a) 100 Major championship
24–27 Jun Compaq European Grand Prix England   David Park (1) 26
1–4 Jul Murphy's Irish Open Republic of Ireland   Sergio García (1) 36
8–11 Jul Standard Life Loch Lomond Scotland   Colin Montgomerie (20) 46
15–18 Jul The Open Championship Scotland   Paul Lawrie (3) 100 Major championship
22–25 Jul TNT Dutch Open Netherlands   Lee Westwood (7) 32
30 Jul – 2 Aug Smurfit European Open Republic of Ireland   Lee Westwood (8) 42
5–8 Aug Volvo Scandinavian Masters Sweden   Colin Montgomerie (21) 28
12–15 Aug PGA Championship United States   Tiger Woods (n/a) 100 Major championship
12–15 Aug West of Ireland Golf Classic Republic of Ireland   Costantino Rocca (5) 24 New tournament; alternate to the PGA Championship;
also a Challenge Tour event
19–22 Aug BMW International Open Germany   Colin Montgomerie (22) 26
26–29 Aug WGC-NEC Invitational United States   Tiger Woods (n/a) 68 New tournament; World Golf Championships
27–30 Aug Scottish PGA Championship Scotland   Warren Bennett (1) 24 New tournament; alternate to the WGC Invitational
2–5 Sep Canon European Masters Switzerland   Lee Westwood (9) 26
9–12 Sep Victor Chandler British Masters England   Bob May (1) 40
16–19 Sep Trophée Lancôme France   Pierre Fulke (1) 42
24–27 Sep Ryder Cup United States   United States n/a Approved special event; team event
30 Sep – 3 Oct Linde German Masters Germany   Sergio García (2) 46
7–10 Oct Alfred Dunhill Cup Scotland   Spain n/a Approved special event; team event
14–17 Oct Cisco World Match Play Championship England   Colin Montgomerie (n/a) 34 Approved special event[a]
14–17 Oct Open Novotel Perrier France Cancelled Approved special event; team event;
alternate to World Match Play
14–17 Oct Sarazen World Open Spain   Thomas Bjørn (4) 24 Alternate to World Match Play
21–24 Oct Belgacom Open Belgium   Robert Karlsson (3) 28
28–31 Oct Volvo Masters Spain   Miguel Ángel Jiménez (6) 46
4–7 Nov WGC-American Express Championship Spain   Tiger Woods (n/a) 70 New tournament; World Golf Championships
18–21 Nov World Cup of Golf Malaysia   United States n/a Approved special event; team event
World Cup of Golf International Trophy   Tiger Woods (n/a) n/a Approved special event; individual prize
  1. ^ a b 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 which were included on the schedule for the first time in 1998 and have been retrospectively recognised as official tour wins. Victories in other "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 Euro.[1]

Position Player Country Prize money ()
1 Colin Montgomerie   Scotland 1,822,880
2 Lee Westwood   England 1,320,805
3 Sergio García   Spain 1,317,693
4 Miguel Ángel Jiménez   Spain 1,148,290
5 Retief Goosen   South Africa 1,059,985
6 Paul Lawrie   Scotland 901,453
7 Pádraig Harrington   Ireland 855,163
8 Darren Clarke   Northern Ireland 731,291
9 Jarmo Sandelin   Sweden 629,132
10 Ángel Cabrera   Argentina 622,852


Award Winner Country
European Tour Golfer of the Year Colin Montgomerie   Scotland
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Sergio García   Spain

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Tour History". PGA European Tour. Archived from the original on 4 April 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Four of the best seasons in European Tour history". PGA European Tour. 19 March 2020. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  3. ^ Davies, David (10 October 1998). "European Tour succeeds in adding all times to all men in all places". The Guardian. London, England. p. 32. Retrieved 3 May 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Briefs | New event for European Tour". The Age. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 3 September 1999. p. 49. Retrieved 3 May 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Galway first". Irish Independent. Dublin, Ireland. 9 March 1999. p. 19. Retrieved 3 May 2020 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ Darroch, Stuart (23 June 1999). "PGA sponsor". Aberdeen Press and Journal. Aberdeen, Scotland. p. 29. Retrieved 3 May 2020 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ "In brief | Great event". Aberdeen Press and Journal. Aberdeen, Scotland. 23 June 1999. p. 30. Retrieved 3 May 2020 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ "Events | European Tour | 1999". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 3 May 2020.

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