2001 European Tour

The 2001 European Tour was the 30th official season of golf tournaments known as the PGA European Tour.[1]

2001 European Tour season
Duration16 November 2000 (2000-11-16) – 18 November 2001 (2001-11-18)
Number of official events46
Most wins3 – Retief Goosen*
* Tiger Woods won 4 events, but was not a European Tour member
Order of MeritRetief Goosen
Golfer of the YearRetief Goosen
Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the yearPaul Casey

The Order of Merit was won by South Africa's Retief Goosen.


The table below shows the 2001 European Tour schedule which was made up of 46 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 Dunhill Links Championship replacing the Dunhill Cup,[2] the Open de Madrid replacing the Turespaña Masters, the Standard Life Loch Lomond being rebranded as the revived Scottish Open,[3] the addition the Caltex Singapore Masters, the Argentine Open[4] and the São Paulo Brazil Open; the return of the Estoril Open; and the loss of both Brazilian 500 year anniversary tournaments and the Belgian Open.

Terrorist attacks in the United States on 11 September led to changes on the tour schedule with the WGC-American Express Championship being cancelled and the Ryder Cup matches at The Belfry being postponed until 2002. The Estoril Open was also cancelled in the wake of the attacks, and was replaced on the schedule with a revival of the Cannes Open.[5]

Dates Tournament Host country Winner[a] OWGR
16–19 Nov Johnnie Walker Classic Thailand   Tiger Woods (n/a) 24 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Davidoff Tour
3–7 Jan WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship Australia   Steve Stricker (n/a) 58 World Golf Championships
18–21 Jan Alfred Dunhill Championship South Africa   Adam Scott (1) 18 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
25–28 Jan Mercedes-Benz South African Open South Africa   Mark McNulty (16) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
1–4 Feb Heineken Classic Australia   Michael Campbell (4) 20 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
8–11 Feb Greg Norman Holden International Australia   Aaron Baddeley (1) 22 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
15–18 Feb Carlsberg Malaysian Open Malaysia   Vijay Singh (10) 18 Co-sanctioned with the Davidoff Tour
22–25 Feb Caltex Singapore Masters Singapore   Vijay Singh (11) 24 New tournament; co-sanctioned with the Davidoff Tour
1–4 Mar Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates   Thomas Bjørn (6) 44
8–11 Mar Qatar Masters Qatar   Tony Johnstone (6) 24
15–18 Mar Madeira Island Open Portugal   Des Smyth (8) 24
22–25 Mar São Paulo Brazil Open Brazil   Darren Fichardt (1) 24 New tournament
29 Mar – 1 Apr Open de Argentina Argentina   Ángel Cabrera (1) 24 New tournament; co-sanctioned with the Tour de las Américas
5–8 Apr Masters Tournament United States   Tiger Woods (n/a) 100 Major championship
12–15 Apr Moroccan Open Morocco   Ian Poulter (2) 24
19–22 Apr Via Digital Open de España Spain   Robert Karlsson (4) 24
26–29 Apr Algarve Open de Portugal Portugal   Phillip Price (2) 24
3–6 May Novotel Perrier Open de France France   José María Olazábal (21) 24
10–13 May Benson and Hedges International Open England   Henrik Stenson (1) 48
17–20 May Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe Germany   Tiger Woods (n/a) 54
25–28 May Volvo PGA Championship England   Andrew Oldcorn (3) 64 Flagship event
31 May – 3 Jun Victor Chandler British Masters England   Thomas Levet (2) 32
7–10 Jun Compass Group English Open England   Peter O'Malley (3) 28
14–17 Jun U.S. Open United States   Retief Goosen (5) 100 Major championship
21–24 Jun Great North Open England   Andrew Coltart (2) 24
28 Jun – 1 Jul Murphy's Irish Open Republic of Ireland   Colin Montgomerie (25) 30
5–8 Jul Smurfit European Open Republic of Ireland   Darren Clarke (8) 46
12–15 Jul The Scottish Open at Loch Lomond Scotland   Retief Goosen (6) 50
19–22 Jul The Open Championship England   David Duval (n/a) 100 Major championship
26–29 Jul TNT Dutch Open Netherlands   Bernhard Langer (40) 34
2–5 Aug Volvo Scandinavian Masters Sweden   Colin Montgomerie (26) 40
9–12 Aug Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open Wales   Paul McGinley (3) 24
16–19 Aug PGA Championship United States   David Toms (n/a) 100 Major championship
16–19 Aug North West of Ireland Open Republic of Ireland   Tobias Dier (1) 16 Alternate to the PGA Championship; also a Challenge Tour event
23–26 Aug WGC-NEC Invitational United States   Tiger Woods (n/a) 68 World Golf Championships
23–26 Aug Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship Scotland   Paul Casey (1) 24 Alternate to the WGC Invitational
30 Aug – 2 Sep BMW International Open Germany   John Daly (3) 42
6–9 Sep Omega European Masters Switzerland   Ricardo González (1) 24
13–16 Sep WGC-American Express Championship United States Cancelled World Golf Championships
20–23 Sep Trophée Lancôme France   Sergio García (3) 28
28–30 Sep Ryder Cup England Postponed Approved special event; team event
4–7 Oct Linde German Masters Germany   Bernhard Langer (41) 44
11–14 Oct Cisco World Match Play Championship England   Ian Woosnam (n/a) n/a[b] Approved special event
11–14 Oct Estoril Open Portugal Cancelled Alternate to the World Match Play Championship
11–14 Oct Cannes Open France   Jorge Berendt (1) 24 Alternate to the World Match Play Championship
18–21 Oct Dunhill Links Championship Scotland   Paul Lawrie (4) 48 New tournament
25–28 Oct Telefonica Open de Madrid Spain   Retief Goosen (7) 30
1–4 Nov Atlanet Italian Open Italy   Grégory Havret (1) 24
8–11 Nov Volvo Masters Andalucia Spain   Pádraig Harrington (4) 46
15–18 Nov WGC-World Cup Japan   South Africa 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.[7]

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 Retief Goosen   South Africa 2,862,806
2 Pádraig Harrington   Ireland 2,090,166
3 Darren Clarke   Northern Ireland 1,988,055
4 Ernie Els   South Africa 1,716,287
5 Colin Montgomerie   Scotland 1,578,676
6 Michael Campbell   New Zealand 1,577,130
7 Thomas Bjørn   Denmark 1,474,802
8 Paul McGinley   Ireland 1,464,434
9 Paul Lawrie   Scotland 1,428,831
10 Niclas Fasth   Sweden 1,224,588


Award Winner Country
European Tour Golfer of the Year Retief Goosen   South Africa
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Paul Casey   England

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Tour History". PGA European Tour. Archived from the original on 4 April 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  2. ^ "U.S. downs Japan as sponsors announce end of Dunhill Cup". The Daily Tribune. Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. AP. 15 October 2000. p. 14. Retrieved 4 May 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Scottish Open: Historic yet new". BBC Sport. 13 July 2001. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Golf". The Guardian. London, England. 23 January 2001. p. 31. Retrieved 4 May 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Cannes Open to replace Estoril". Golf Channel. 27 September 2001. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Events | European Tour | 2001". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  7. ^ "How the ranking evolved". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 5 May 2020.

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