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2005 European Tour

The 2005 European Tour was the 34th golf season since the European Tour officially began in 1972. The 2005 season consisted of 47 official money events, 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.

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.

Main tournamentsEdit

For details of what happened in the main tournaments of 2005, including the major championships and the World Golf Championships, see 2005 in golf.

Table of resultsEdit

The first three events actually took place in late 2004. The numbers in brackets 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. To give such a number for non-members would misrepresent the amount of time some international golfers spend on the European Tour; as the Tour co-sanctions the major championships and World Golf Championships events, some top players accumulate a significant number of wins in European Tour sanctioned events without really playing on it.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner 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 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 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 Asian Tour
and PGA Tour of Australasia
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 The European Tour's 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 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 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 16-man match play event; highest 1st prize in golf
22–25 Sep Seve Trophy England Great Britain & Ireland n/a Team event - Great Britain & Ireland v. Continental Europe
29 Sep – 2 Oct Dunhill Links Championship Scotland   Colin Montgomerie (29) 38 Celebrity pro-am
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 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 Tour Championship

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

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