2005 European Tour

The 2005 European Tour was the 34th golf season since the European Tour officially began in 1972.

2005 European Tour season
Duration25 November 2004 (2004-11-25) – 20 November 2005 (2005-11-20)
Number of official events47
Most wins3 – Ernie Els*
* Tiger Woods won 4 events, but was not a European Tour member
Order of MeritColin Montgomerie
Golfer of the YearMichael Campbell
Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the yearGonzalo Fernández-Castaño

The Order of Merit race came down to the final tournament, and was won by Colin Montgomerie for a record eighth time, and the first since 1999. The Player of the Year award was given to Order of Merit runner up and U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell of New Zealand. The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year was Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño of Spain, who won his first title, the KLM Open during his début season.

Major tournamentsEdit

For a summary of the major tournaments and events of 2005, including the major championships and the World Golf Championships, see 2005 in golf.


The 2005 season began with three tournaments held in late 2004 and consisted of 47 official money events,[1] which was a new record total. This included four major championships and three World Golf Championships, which were also sanctioned by the PGA Tour. 27 events took place in Europe, 10 in Asia, six in the United States, two in South Africa and one each in Australia and New Zealand. Total prize money exceeded €97 million, including nearly €40 million in the four major championships and three individual World Golf Championships events.

Changes from the 2004 season included five new tournaments: the Volvo China Open and TCL Classic in China, making a total of five events in the country,[2] the Indonesia Open, the New Zealand Open and the Abama Open de Canarias, as the tour retained a stop in the Canary Islands. The ANZ Championship, Open de Sevilla and The Heritage were lost from the schedule.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner[a] OWGR
25–28 Nov Volvo China Open China   Stephen Dodd (1) 16 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
2–5 Dec Omega Hong Kong Open Hong Kong, China   Miguel Ángel Jiménez (12) 24 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
9–12 Dec Dunhill Championship South Africa   Charl Schwartzel (1) 18 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
20–23 Jan South African Airways Open South Africa   Tim Clark (2) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
27–30 Jan Caltex Masters Singapore   Nick Dougherty (1) 30 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
3–6 Feb Heineken Classic Australia   Craig Parry (6) 40 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
10–13 Feb Holden New Zealand Open New Zealand   Niclas Fasth (2) 24 New to European Tour; co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
17–20 Feb Carlsberg Malaysian Open Malaysia   Thongchai Jaidee (2) 26 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
23–27 Feb WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship United States   David Toms (n/a) 76 World Golf Championships
3–6 Mar Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates   Ernie Els (19) 36
10–13 Mar Qatar Masters Qatar   Ernie Els (20) 26
17–20 Mar TCL Classic China   Paul Casey (4) 20 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
24–27 Mar Enjoy Jakarta Standard Chartered Indonesia Open Indonesia   Thaworn Wiratchant (1) 16 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
31 Mar – 3 Apr Estoril Open de Portugal Caixa Geral de Depositos Portugal   Paul Broadhurst (5) 24
7–10 Apr Masters Tournament United States   Tiger Woods (n/a) 100 Major championship
7–10 Apr Madeira Island Open Portugal   Robert-Jan Derksen (2) 16 Alternate event; dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour
14–17 Apr Jazztel Open de España en Andalucía Spain   Peter Hanson (1) 24
21–24 Apr Johnnie Walker Classic China   Adam Scott (5) 46 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Asian Tour
28 Apr – 1 May BMW Asian Open China   Ernie Els (21) 38 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
5–8 May Telecom Italia Open Italy   Steve Webster (1) 24
12–15 May The Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters England   Thomas Bjørn (8) 36
19–22 May Nissan Irish Open Republic of Ireland   Stephen Dodd (2) 38
26–29 May BMW Championship England   Ángel Cabrera (3) 64 Flagship event
2–5 Jun Celtic Manor Wales Open Wales   Miguel Ángel Jiménez (13) 26
9–12 Jun KLM Open Netherlands   Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (1) 24
16–19 Jun U.S. Open United States   Michael Campbell (7) 100 Major championship
16–19 Jun Aa St Omer Open France   Joakim Bäckström (1) 16 Alternate event; dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour
23–26 Jun Open de France France   Jean-François Remésy (3) 24
30 Jun – 3 Jul Smurfit European Open Republic of Ireland   Kenneth Ferrie (2) 46
7–10 Jul Barclays Scottish Open Scotland   Tim Clark (3) 50
14–17 Jul The Open Championship United Kingdom   Tiger Woods (n/a) 100 Major championship
21–24 Jul Deutsche Bank Players Championship of Europe Germany   Niclas Fasth (3) 44
28–31 Jul Scandinavian Masters by Carlsberg Sweden   Mark Hensby (1) 24
4–7 Aug Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles Scotland   Emanuele Canonica (1) 24
11–15 Aug PGA Championship United States   Phil Mickelson (n/a) 100 Major championship
11–14 Aug Cadillac Russian Open Russia   Mikael Lundberg (1) 16 Alternate event; dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour
18–21 Aug WGC-NEC Invitational United States   Tiger Woods (n/a) 74 World Golf Championships
25–28 Aug BMW International Open Germany   David Howell (2) 36
1–4 Sep Omega European Masters Switzerland   Sergio García (6) 24
8–11 Sep Linde German Masters Germany   Retief Goosen (12) 46
15–18 Sep HSBC World Match Play Championship England   Michael Campbell (8) 36
22–25 Sep Seve Trophy England   Great Britain &   Ireland n/a Approved special event; team event
29 Sep – 2 Oct Dunhill Links Championship Scotland   Colin Montgomerie (29) 38
6–9 Oct WGC-American Express Championship United States   Tiger Woods (n/a) 72 World Golf Championships
6–9 Oct Abama Open de Canarias Spain   John Bickerton (1) 16 Alternate event; dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour
13–16 Oct Open de Madrid Spain   Raphaël Jacquelin (1) 24
20–23 Oct Mallorca Classic Spain   José María Olazábal (23) 24
27–30 Oct Volvo Masters Spain   Paul McGinley (4) 46
17–20 Nov WGC-World Cup Portugal   Wales 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.

Order of MeritEdit

In 2005, 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 2005 were:

Position Player Country Prize money ()
1. Colin Montgomerie   Scotland 2,794,223
2. Michael Campbell   New Zealand 2,496,269
3. Paul McGinley   Ireland 2,296,423
4. Retief Goosen   South Africa 2,261,211
5. Ángel Cabrera   Argentina 1,866,277
6. Sergio García   Spain 1,828,545
7. David Howell   England 1,798,308
8. Henrik Stenson   Sweden 1,585,750
9. Thomas Bjørn   Denmark 1,561,190
10. José María Olazábal   Spain 1,489,016


Award Winner Country
European Tour Golfer of the Year Michael Campbell   New Zealand
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño   Spain

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "European Tour 2005". BBC Sport. 16 October 2005. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  2. ^ "European tour confirms China date". BBC Sport. 8 February 2005. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Events | European Tour | 2005". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 5 May 2020.

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