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2003 European Tour

The 2003 European Tour was the 32nd season of golf tournaments since the European Tour officially began in 1972. The 2003 season consisted of 46 official money events, which included the four major championships and three World Golf Championships which were also sanctioned by the PGA Tour. Ernie Els won the Order of Merit.

Table of resultsEdit

The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names show the number of career wins they had on the European Tour up to and including that event. This is only shown for members of the European Tour.

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

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

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