2007 European Tour
|Duration||9 November 2006– 25 November 2007|
|Number of official events||52|
|Most wins||2 – Ernie Els, Pádraig Harrington, Mikko Ilonen, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood*|
* Tiger Woods won 3 events, but was not a European Tour member
|Order of Merit||Justin Rose|
|Golfer of the Year||Pádraig Harrington|
|Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the year||Martin Kaymer|
The Order of Merit race came down to the closing holes of the final tournament, and was won by Justin Rose for the first time despite the Englishman playing the majority of his golf in America. Rose overtook Ernie Els and held off the challenge of the defending Order of Merit champion Pádraig Harrington. The Player of the Year award was given to Harrington after his victories at The Open Championship and the Irish Open. The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year was Martin Kaymer of Germany.
The 2007 season began with six tournaments in late 2006 and consisted of record 52 official money events, surpassing the 2005 and 2006 seasons. This included the four major championships and three World Golf Championships, which were also sanctioned by the PGA Tour. 29 events took place in Europe, 12 in Asia, six in the United States, three in South Africa, one in Australia and one in New Zealand. The PGA Tour's introduction of the FedEx Cup prompted the European Tour to extend the season into November and several tournaments moved away from their traditional dates.
There were three new tournaments, the Joburg Open in South Africa, the Open de Andalucía in Spain and the Portugal Masters. In addition, the long-established Australian Masters joined the tour schedule and two tournaments returned after missing the 2006 season; the New Zealand Open skipped a season due to date changes, and the German Masters having not been held in 2006, came back with a new sponsor and was re-titled as the Mercedes-Benz Championship.
- 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.
- First official tournament victory by an amateur on the European Tour.
Order of MeritEdit
In 2007, 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 2007 were:
|Position||Player||Country||Prize money (€)|
|2||Ernie Els||South Africa||2,496,237|
|9||Retief Goosen||South Africa||1,478,245|
Tiger Woods earned more money in European Tour events in 2007 than any other golfer, but was not a member of the European Tour so was not eligible for the Order of Merit.
|European Tour Golfer of the Year||Pádraig Harrington||Ireland|
|Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year||Martin Kaymer||Germany|
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