2002 European Tour

The 2002 European Tour was the 31st season of golf tournaments since the European Tour officially began in 1972.

2002 European Tour season
Duration22 November 2001 (2001-11-22) – 18 November 2002 (2002-11-18)
Number of official events44
Most wins4 – Ernie Els*
* Tiger Woods also won 4 events, but was not a European Tour member
Order of MeritRetief Goosen
Golfer of the YearErnie Els
Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the yearNick Dougherty

The Order of Merit was won by Retief Goosen, defending the title he won in 2001.


The table below shows the 2002 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" including the Ryder Cup which had been postponed from 2001.[1]

There were three new tournaments to the European Tour in 2002, the BMW Asian Open in Taiwan, the Omega Hong Kong Open and the ANZ Championship in Australia. The schedule also saw the return of the Open de Canarias, but this was ultimately combined with the Open de España, and the loss of the Greg Norman Holden International, the Moroccan Open, the São Paulo Brazil Open and the Argentine Open.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner[a] OWGR
22–25 Nov BMW Asian Open Taiwan   Jarmo Sandelin (5) 20 New tournament; co-sanctioned with the Davidoff Tour
29 Nov – 2 Dec Omega Hong Kong Open Hong Kong   José María Olazábal (22) 16 New tournament; co-sanctioned with the Davidoff Tour
10–13 Jan Bell's South African Open South Africa   Tim Clark (1) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
17–20 Jan Dunhill Championship South Africa   Justin Rose (1) 22 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
24–27 Jan Johnnie Walker Classic Australia   Retief Goosen (8) 42 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Davidoff Tour
31 Jan – 3 Feb Heineken Classic Australia   Ernie Els (9) 36 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
7–10 Feb ANZ Championship Australia   Richard S. Johnson (1) 20 New tournament; co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
20–24 Feb WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship United States   Kevin Sutherland (n/a) 76 World Golf Championships
21–24 Feb Caltex Singapore Masters Singapore   Arjun Atwal (1) 16 Alternate to the WGC Match Play; co-sanctioned with the Davidoff Tour
28 Feb – 3 Mar Carlsberg Malaysian Open Malaysia   Alastair Forsyth (1) 16 Co-sanctioned with the Davidoff Tour
7–10 Mar Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates   Ernie Els (10) 40
14–17 Mar Qatar Masters Qatar   Adam Scott (2) 24
21–24 Mar Madeira Island Open Portugal   Diego Borrego (2) 24 Also a Challenge Tour event
4–7 Apr Algarve Open de Portugal Portugal   Carl Pettersson (1) 24
11–14 Apr Masters Tournament United States   Tiger Woods (n/a) 100 Major championship
17–21 Apr Seve Trophy Ireland   Great Britain &   Ireland n/a Approved special event; team event
25–28 Apr Canarias Open de España Spain   Sergio García (4) 24
2–5 May Novotel Perrier Open de France France   Malcolm MacKenzie (1) 24
9–12 May Benson and Hedges International Open England   Ángel Cabrera (2) 46
16–19 May Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe Germany   Tiger Woods (n/a) 50
23–26 May Volvo PGA Championship England   Anders Hansen (1) 64 Flagship event
30 May – 2 Jun Victor Chandler British Masters England   Justin Rose (2) 26
6–9 Jun Compass Group English Open England   Darren Clarke (9) 24
13–16 Jun U.S. Open United States   Tiger Woods (n/a) 100 Major championship
20–23 Jun Great North Open England   Miles Tunnicliff (1) 24
27–30 Jun Murphy's Irish Open Ireland   Søren Hansen (1) 32
4–7 Jul Smurfit European Open Ireland   Michael Campbell (5) 48
11–14 Jul Barclays Scottish Open Scotland   Eduardo Romero (8) 54
18–21 Jul The Open Championship Scotland   Ernie Els (11) 100 Major championship
25–28 Jul TNT Dutch Open Netherlands   Tobias Dier (2) 32
1–4 Aug Volvo Scandinavian Masters Sweden   Graeme McDowell (1) 26
8–11 Aug Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open Wales   Paul Lawrie (5) 24
15–18 Aug PGA Championship United States   Rich Beem (1) 100 Major championship
15–18 Aug North West of Ireland Open Ireland   Adam Mednick (1) 16 Alternate to the PGA Championship; also a Challenge Tour event
22–25 Aug WGC-NEC Invitational United States   Craig Parry (5) 76 World Golf Championships
22–25 Aug Diageo Scottish PGA Championship Scotland   Adam Scott (3) 24 Alternate to the WGC Invitational
29 Aug – 1 Sep BMW International Open Germany   Thomas Bjørn (7) 24
5–8 Sep Omega European Masters Switzerland   Robert Karlsson (5) 34
12–15 Sep Linde German Masters Germany   Stephen Leaney (4) 50
19–22 Sep WGC-American Express Championship Ireland   Tiger Woods (n/a) 76 World Golf Championships
27–29 Sep Ryder Cup England   Europe n/a Approved special event; team event
3–6 Oct Dunhill Links Championship Scotland   Pádraig Harrington (5) 52
10–13 Oct Trophée Lancôme France   Alex Čejka (4) 34
17–20 Oct Cisco World Match Play Championship England   Ernie Els (n/a) n/a[b] Approved special event
24–27 Oct Telefonica Open de Madrid Spain   Steen Tinning (2) 24
31 Oct – 3 Nov Italian Open Telecom Italia Italy   Ian Poulter (3) 26
7–10 Nov Volvo Masters Andalucia Spain   Bernhard Langer (42)
  Colin Montgomerie (27)[c]
15–18 Nov WGC-World Cup Mexico   Japan 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]
  3. ^ Langer and Montgomerie remained level after two holes of a sudden-death playoff before darkness forced an end to play; they agreed to share the title instead of returning the following day.

Order of MeritEdit

In 2002, the European Tour's money list was known as the "Order of Merit". It was calculated in euro, although around half of the events had prize funds which were fixed in other currencies, mostly either British pounds or U.S. dollars. In these instances the amounts were converted into euro at the exchange rate for the week that the tournament was played. The top 10 golfers in 2002 were:

Position Player Country Prize money ()
1 Retief Goosen   South Africa 2,360,128
2 Pádraig Harrington   Ireland 2,334,655
3 Ernie Els   South Africa 2,251,708
4 Colin Montgomerie   Scotland 1,980,720
5 Eduardo Romero   Argentina 1,811,330
6 Sergio García   Spain 1,488,728
7 Adam Scott   Australia 1,361,776
8 Michael Campbell   New Zealand 1,325,404
9 Justin Rose   England 1,323,529
10 Paul Lawrie   Scotland 1,151,434


Award Winner Country
European Tour Golfer of the Year Ernie Els   South Africa
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Nick Dougherty   England


  1. ^ "Doubts over Dunhill Links future". BBC Sport. 26 October 2001. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Events | European Tour | 2002". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  3. ^ "How the ranking evolved". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 5 May 2020.

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