2007 European Tour

The 2007 European Tour was the 36th golf season since the European Tour officially began in 1972.

2007 European Tour season
Duration9 November 2006 (2006-11-09) – 25 November 2007 (2007-11-25)
Number of official events52
Most wins2 – 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 MeritJustin Rose
Golfer of the YearPádraig Harrington
Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the yearMartin Kaymer
2006
2008

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.

Major tournamentsEdit

For a summary of the major tournaments and events of 2007, including the major championships and the World Golf Championships, see 2007 in golf.

ScheduleEdit

The 2007 season began with six tournaments in late 2006 and consisted of record 52 official money events,[1][2] 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.[2] 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,[3] 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.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner[a] OWGR
points[4]
Notes
9–12 Nov HSBC Champions China   Yang Yong-eun (1) 52 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia, and Sunshine Tour
16–19 Nov UBS Hong Kong Open Hong Kong   José Manuel Lara (1) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
23–26 Nov MasterCard Masters Australia   Justin Rose (3) 30 New to European Tour; co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
30 Nov – 3 Dec Blue Chip New Zealand Open New Zealand   Nathan Green (1) 20 Returning tournament; co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
7–10 Dec Alfred Dunhill Championship South Africa   Álvaro Quirós (1) 18 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
14–17 Dec South African Airways Open South Africa   Ernie Els (23) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
11–14 Jan Joburg Open South Africa   Ariel Cañete (1) 20 New tournament; co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
18–21 Jan Abu Dhabi Golf Championship United Arab Emirates   Paul Casey (8) 44
25–28 Jan The Commercialbank Qatar Masters Qatar   Retief Goosen (14) 48 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
1–4 Feb Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates   Henrik Stenson (5) 50
8–11 Feb Maybank Malaysian Open Malaysia   Peter Hedblom (2) 26 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
15–18 Feb Indonesia Open Indonesia   Mikko Ilonen (1) 20 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
22–25 Feb WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship United States   Henrik Stenson (6) 76 World Golf Championships
1–4 Mar Johnnie Walker Classic Thailand   Anton Haig (1) 40 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Asian Tour
8–11 Mar Singapore Masters Singapore   Liang Wenchong (1) 30 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
15–18 Mar TCL Classic China   Chapchai Nirat (1) 20 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
22–25 Mar WGC-CA Championship United States   Tiger Woods (n/a) 76 World Golf Championships
22–25 Mar Madeira Island Open Portugal   Daniel Vancsik (1) 24 Alternate event
29 Mar – 1 Apr Estoril Open de Portugal Portugal   Pablo Martín (am)[b] (1) 24
5–8 Apr Masters Tournament United States   Zach Johnson (n/a) 100 Major championship
12–15 Apr Volvo China Open China   Markus Brier (2) 20 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
19–22 Apr BMW Asian Open China   Raphaël Jacquelin (2) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
26–29 Apr Open de España Spain   Charl Schwartzel (2) 24
3–6 May Telecom Italia Open Italy   Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (3) 24
10–13 May Valle Romano Open de Andalucía Spain   Lee Westwood (17) 24 New tournament
17–20 May Irish Open Ireland   Pádraig Harrington (11) 28
24–27 May BMW PGA Championship England   Anders Hansen (2) 64 Flagship event
31 May – 3 Jun Celtic Manor Wales Open Wales   Richard Sterne (2) 26
7–10 Jun BA-CA Golf Open Austria   Richard Green (2) 24
14–17 Jun U.S. Open United States   Ángel Cabrera (4) 100 Major championship
14–17 Jun Open de Saint-Omer France   Carl Suneson (1) 18 Alternate event; dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour
21–24 Jun BMW International Open Germany   Niclas Fasth (6) 34
28 Jun – 1 Jul Open de France France   Graeme Storm (1) 30
5–8 Jul Smurfit European Open Ireland   Colin Montgomerie (31) 32
12–15 Jul Barclays Scottish Open Scotland   Grégory Havret (2) 50
19–22 Jul The Open Championship Scotland   Pádraig Harrington (12) 100 Major championship
26–29 Jul Deutsche Bank Players Championship of Europe Germany   Andrés Romero (1) 40
2–5 Aug WGC-Bridgestone Invitational United States   Tiger Woods (n/a) 76 World Golf Championships
2–5 Aug Russian Open Russia   Per-Ulrik Johansson (6) 24 Alternate event
9–12 Aug PGA Championship United States   Tiger Woods (n/a) 100 Major championship
16–19 Aug Scandinavian Masters Sweden   Mikko Ilonen (2) 24
23–26 Aug KLM Open Netherlands   Ross Fisher (1) 24
30 Aug – 2 Sep Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles Scotland   Marc Warren (2) 24
6–9 Sep Omega European Masters Switzerland   Brett Rumford (3) 30
13–16 Sep Mercedes-Benz Championship Germany   Søren Hansen (2) 40 Returning tournament, previously known as the German Masters
20–23 Sep Quinn Direct British Masters England   Lee Westwood (18) 32
27–30 Sep Seve Trophy Ireland   Great Britain &   Ireland n/a Approved special event; team event
4–7 Oct Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Scotland   Nick Dougherty (2) 48
11–14 Oct HSBC World Match Play Championship England   Ernie Els (24) 40
11–14 Oct Open de Madrid Spain   Mads Vibe-Hastrup (1) 24 Alternate event
18–21 Oct Portugal Masters Portugal   Steve Webster (2) 34 New tournament
25–28 Oct Mallorca Classic Spain   Grégory Bourdy (1) 24
1–4 Nov Volvo Masters Spain   Justin Rose (4) 46
22–25 Nov Mission Hills World Cup China   Scotland n/a 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. ^ First official tournament victory by an amateur on the European Tour.[5]

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 ()
1 Justin Rose   England 2,944,945
2 Ernie Els   South Africa 2,496,237
3 Pádraig Harrington   Ireland 2,463,742
4 Henrik Stenson   Sweden 2,014,841
5 Niclas Fasth   Sweden 1,919,339
6 Ángel Cabrera   Argentina 1,753,024
7 Andrés Romero   Argentina 1,741,707
8 Søren Hansen   Denmark 1,692,054
9 Retief Goosen   South Africa 1,478,245
10 Lee Westwood   England 1,420,327

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.[6]

AwardsEdit

Award Winner Country
European Tour Golfer of the Year Pádraig Harrington   Ireland
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Martin Kaymer   Germany

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "European Tour 2007". BBC Sport. 6 January 2007. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Euro Tour breaks 50 events mark". BBC Sport. 9 October 2006. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Shanghai kicks off 2007 Euro Tour". BBC Sport. 27 March 2006. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Events | European Tour | 2007". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Amateur Martin takes historic win". BBC Sport. 1 April 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2009.
  6. ^ "Harry Vardon Trophy should be restricted to Europeans". The Herald. 16 October 2007. Archived from the original on 4 August 2007.

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