2003 European Tour

The 2003 European Tour was the 32nd season of golf tournaments since the European Tour officially began in 1972.

2003 European Tour season
Duration21 November 2002 (2002-11-21) – 18 November 2003 (2003-11-18)
Number of official events45
Most wins4 – Ernie Els
Order of MeritErnie Els
Golfer of the YearErnie Els
Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the yearPeter Lawrie

The Order of Merit was won for the first time by South African Ernie Els.


The table below shows the 2003 European Tour schedule which was made up of 45 tournaments counting towards the Order of Merit, which included the four major championships and three World Golf Championships, and three non-counting "Approved Special Events".

There were four new tournaments to the European Tour in 2003, the Nordic Open[1] and three dual-ranking events, the Aa St Omer Open, BMW Russian Open and Mallorca Classic. Lost from the tour schedule were the English Open, Great North Open and the dual-ranking North West of Ireland Open.[2]

Dates Tournament Host country Winner[a] OWGR
21–24 Nov BMW Asian Open Taiwan   Pádraig Harrington (6) 16 Co-sanctioned with the Davidoff Tour
28 Nov – 1 Dec Omega Hong Kong Open Hong Kong   Fredrik Jacobson (1) 16 Co-sanctioned with the Davidoff Tour
9–12 Jan South African Airways Open South Africa   Trevor Immelman (1) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
16–19 Jan Dunhill Championship South Africa   Mark Foster (1) 18 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
23–26 Jan Caltex Masters Singapore   Zhang Lianwei (1) 20 Co-sanctioned with the Davidoff Tour
30 Jan – 2 Feb Heineken Classic Australia   Ernie Els (12) 30 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
6–9 Feb ANZ Championship Australia   Paul Casey (2) 30 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
13–16 Feb Johnnie Walker Classic Australia   Ernie Els (13) 44 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Davidoff Tour
20–23 Feb Carlsberg Malaysian Open Malaysia   Arjun Atwal (2) 20 Co-sanctioned with the Davidoff Tour
26 Feb – 2 Mar WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship United States   Tiger Woods (n/a) 76 World Golf Championships
6–9 Mar Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates   Robert-Jan Derksen (1) 30
13–16 Mar Qatar Masters Qatar   Darren Fichardt (2) 24
20–23 Mar Madeira Island Open Portugal   Bradley Dredge (1) 24 Dual ranking event with the Challenge Tour
10–13 Apr Masters Tournament United States   Mike Weir (n/a) 100 Major championship
17–20 Apr Algarve Open de Portugal Portugal   Fredrik Jacobson (2) 24
24–27 Apr Canarias Open de España Spain   Kenneth Ferrie (1) 24
1–4 May Italian Open Telecom Italia Italy   Mathias Grönberg (4) 24
8–11 May Benson and Hedges International Open England   Paul Casey (3) 42
15–18 May Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe Germany   Pádraig Harrington (7) 48
22–25 May Volvo PGA Championship England   Ignacio Garrido (2) 64 Flagship event
29 May – 1 Jun Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open Wales   Ian Poulter (4) 24
5–8 Jun Daily Telegraph Damovo British Masters England   Greg Owen (1) 24
12–15 Jun U.S. Open United States   Jim Furyk (n/a) 100 Major championship
12–15 Jun Aa St Omer Open France   Brett Rumford (1) 16 Alternate to the U.S. Open; dual ranking event with the Challenge Tour
19–22 Jun Diageo Championship at Gleneagles Scotland   Søren Kjeldsen (1) 24
26–29 Jun Open de France France   Philip Golding (1) 24
3–6 Jul Smurfit European Open Ireland   Phillip Price (3) 44
10–13 Jul Barclays Scottish Open Scotland   Ernie Els (14) 50
17–20 Jul The Open Championship Scotland   Ben Curtis (n/a) 100 Major championship
24–27 Jul Nissan Irish Open Ireland   Michael Campbell (6) 24
31 Jul – 3 Aug Scandic Carlsberg Scandinavian Masters Sweden   Adam Scott (4) 24
7–10 Aug Nordic Open Denmark   Ian Poulter (5) 24
14–17 Aug PGA Championship United States   Shaun Micheel (n/a) 100 Major championship
14–17 Aug BMW Russian Open Russia   Marcus Fraser (1) 16 Alternate to the PGA Championship; dual ranking event with the Challenge Tour
21–24 Aug WGC-NEC Invitational United States   Darren Clarke (10) 78 World Golf Championships
28–31 Aug BMW International Open Germany   Lee Westwood (15) 30
4–7 Sep Omega European Masters Switzerland   Ernie Els (15) 30
11–14 Sep Trophée Lancôme France   Retief Goosen (9) 26
18–21 Sep Linde German Masters Germany   K. J. Choi (1) 48
25–28 Sep Dunhill Links Championship Scotland   Lee Westwood (16) 52
2–5 Oct WGC-American Express Championship United States   Tiger Woods (n/a) 76 World Golf Championships
9–12 Oct Dutch Open Netherlands   Maarten Lafeber (1) 24
16–19 Oct HSBC World Match Play Championship England   Ernie Els (n/a) n/a[b] Approved special event
16–19 Oct Turespaña Mallorca Classic Spain   Miguel Ángel Jiménez (7) 16 Alternate to the World Match Play; dual ranking event with the Challenge Tour
23–26 Oct Telefonica Open de Madrid Spain   Ricardo González (2) 30
30 Oct – 2 Nov Volvo Masters Andalucia Spain   Fredrik Jacobson (3) 46
6–9 Nov Seve Trophy Spain   Great Britain &   Ireland n/a Approved special event; team event
15–18 Nov WGC-World Cup United States   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.[4]

Order of MeritEdit

In 2003, 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 2003 were:

Position Player Country Prize money ()
1 Ernie Els   South Africa 2,975,374
2 Darren Clarke   Northern Ireland 2,210,051
3 Pádraig Harrington   Ireland 1,555,623
4 Fredrik Jacobson   Sweden 1,521,303
5 Ian Poulter   England 1,500,855
6 Paul Casey   England 1,360,456
7 Lee Westwood   England 1,330,713
8 Thomas Bjørn   Denmark 1,327,148
9 Brian Davis   England 1,245,513
10 Phillip Price   Wales 1,234,018


Award Winner Country
European Tour Golfer of the Year Ernie Els   South Africa
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Peter Lawrie   Ireland

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Nordic Open will make debut in 2003". ESPN. Reuters. 6 November 2002. Retrieved 5 May 2003.
  2. ^ "Golf". The Charlotte Observer. Charlotte, North Carolina. 27 November 2002. p. 2C. Retrieved 5 May 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Events | European Tour | 2003". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  4. ^ "How the ranking evolved". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 5 May 2020.

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