2000 European Tour

The 2000 European Tour was the 29th official season of golf tournaments known as the PGA European Tour.[1]

2000 European Tour season
Duration11 November 1999 (1999-11-11) – 10 December 2000 (2000-12-10)
Number of official events44
Most wins5 – Lee Westwood
Order of MeritLee Westwood
Golfer of the YearLee Westwood
Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the yearIan Poulter

The Order of Merit was won by England's Lee Westwood who won six times during the season to end Colin Montgomerie's seven-year reign as Europe's number one.


The table below shows the 2000 European Tour schedule which was made up of 44 tournaments counting towards the Order of Merit, which included the four major championships and three World Golf Championships, and several non-counting "Approved Special Events".

There were several changes from the previous season, with the Alfred Dunhill Championship replacing the South African PGA Championship due to sponsorship reasons, the addition of two tournaments celebrating the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Brazil by Pedro Álvares Cabral in 1500, the Greg Norman Holden International, the Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open and The Eurobet Seve Ballesteros Trophy, and the loss of the Estoril Open, the German Open and the Sarazen World Open. Money earned from the Masters Tournament counted towards the Order of Merit for the first time.[1]

Dates Tournament Host country Winner[a] OWGR
11–14 Nov Johnnie Walker Classic Taiwan   Michael Campbell (1) 28 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Davidoff Tour
13–16 Jan Alfred Dunhill Championship South Africa   Anthony Wall (1) 12 New tournament; co-sanctioned with the Southern Africa Tour
20–23 Jan Mercedes-Benz South African Open South Africa   Mathias Grönberg (3) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Southern Africa Tour
27–30 Jan Heineken Classic Australia   Michael Campbell (2) 36 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
3–6 Feb Greg Norman Holden International Australia   Lucas Parsons (1) 34 New tournament; co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
10–13 Feb Benson and Hedges Malaysian Open Malaysia   Yeh Wei-tze (1) 12 Co-sanctioned with the Davidoff Tour
17–20 Feb Algarve Portuguese Open Portugal   Gary Orr (1) 24
23–27 Feb WGC-Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship United States   Darren Clarke (6) 76 World Golf Championships
2–5 Mar Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates   José Cóceres (2) 42
9–12 Mar Qatar Masters Qatar   Rolf Muntz (1) 24
16–19 Mar Madeira Island Open Portugal   Niclas Fasth (1) 24
23–26 Mar Brazil Rio de Janeiro 500 Years Open Brazil   Roger Chapman (1) 24 New tournament
30 Mar – 2 Apr Brazil São Paulo 500 Years Open Brazil   Pádraig Harrington (2) 24 New tournament
6–9 Apr Masters Tournament United States   Vijay Singh (9) 100 Major championship
14–16 Apr The Eurobet Seve Ballesteros Trophy Portugal   Continental Europe n/a New tournament; approved special event; team event
20–23 Apr Moroccan Open Méditel Morocco   Jamie Spence (2) 24
28 Apr – 1 May Peugeot Open de España Spain   Brian Davis (1) 30
4–7 May Novotel Perrier Open de France France   Colin Montgomerie (23) 24
11–14 May Benson and Hedges International Open England   José María Olazábal (20) 44
18–21 May Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe Germany   Lee Westwood (10) 52
26–29 May Volvo PGA Championship England   Colin Montgomerie (24) 64 Flagship event
1–4 Jun Compass Group English Open England   Darren Clarke (7) 30
8–11 Jun Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open Wales   Steen Tinning (1) 24 New tournament
15–18 Jun U.S. Open United States   Tiger Woods (n/a) 100 Major championship
22–25 Jun Compaq European Grand Prix England   Lee Westwood (11) 24
29 Jun – 2 Jul Murphy's Irish Open Republic of Ireland   Patrik Sjöland (2) 34
6–9 Jul Smurfit European Open Republic of Ireland   Lee Westwood (12) 44
12–15 Jul Standard Life Loch Lomond Scotland   Ernie Els (8) 52
20–23 Jul The Open Championship Scotland   Tiger Woods (n/a) 100 Major championship
27–30 Jul TNT Dutch Open Netherlands   Stephen Leaney (3) 26
3–6 Aug Volvo Scandinavian Masters Sweden   Lee Westwood (13) 34
10–13 Aug Victor Chandler British Masters England   Gary Orr (2) 30
17–20 Aug PGA Championship United States   Tiger Woods (n/a) 100 Major championship
17–20 Aug Buzzgolf.com North West of Ireland Open Republic of Ireland   Massimo Scarpa (1) 24 Alternate to PGA Championship; also a Challenge Tour event
24–27 Aug WGC-NEC Invitational United States   Tiger Woods (n/a) 64 World Golf Championships
24–27 Aug Scottish PGA Championship Scotland   Pierre Fulke (2) 24 Alternate to WGC Invitational
31 Aug – 3 Sep BMW International Open Germany   Thomas Bjørn (5) 32
7–10 Sep Canon European Masters Switzerland   Eduardo Romero (7) 34
14–17 Sep Trophée Lancôme France   Retief Goosen (4) 46
21–24 Sep Belgacom Open Belgium   Lee Westwood (14) 38
28 Sep – 1 Oct Linde German Masters Germany   Michael Campbell (3) 50
5–8 Oct Cisco World Match Play Championship England   Lee Westwood (n/a) n/a[b] Approved special event
12–15 Oct Alfred Dunhill Cup Scotland   Spain n/a Approved special event; team event
19–22 Oct BBVA Open Turespaña Masters Comunidad de Madrid Spain   Pádraig Harrington (3) 32
26–29 Oct Italian Open Italy   Ian Poulter (1) 24
2–5 Nov Volvo Masters Spain   Pierre Fulke (3) 48
9–12 Nov WGC-American Express Championship Spain   Mike Weir (n/a) 66 World Golf Championships
7–10 Dec WGC-World Cup Argentina   United States n/a World Golf Championships; approved special event; team event
  1. ^ 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 "Approved Special Events" are not recognised as official tour wins.
  2. ^ Limited field events were not eligible for ranking points between 2000 and 2003.[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 Euro.[1]

Position Player Country Prize money ()
1 Lee Westwood   England 3,125,147
2 Darren Clarke   Northern Ireland 2,717,965
3 Ernie Els   South Africa 2,017,248
4 Michael Campbell   New Zealand 1,993,550
5 Thomas Bjørn   Denmark 1,929,657
6 Colin Montgomerie   Scotland 1,740,917
7 Pádraig Harrington   Ireland 1,350,921
8 Phillip Price   Wales 1,331,591
9 José María Olazábal   Spain 1,174,564
10 Gary Orr   Scotland 1,009,473


Award Winner Country
European Tour Golfer of the Year Lee Westwood   England
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Ian Poulter   England

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Tour History". PGA European Tour. Archived from the original on 4 April 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Events | European Tour | 2000". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  3. ^ "How the ranking evolved". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 5 May 2020.

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