PGA European Tour

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The PGA European Tour is an organisation which operates the three leading men's professional golf tours in Europe: the elite European Tour, which is the principal golf tour in Europe; the European Senior Tour, for players aged fifty or older; and the developmental Challenge Tour. Its headquarters are at Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, Surrey, England. The European Tour was established by the British-based Professional Golfers' Association through the 1970s, and responsibility was transferred to an independent PGA European Tour organisation in 1984.[1]

PGA European Tour
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2020 European Tour
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SportGolf
Inaugural season1972 (officially)
CEOKeith Pelley
DirectorDavid Williams (Chairman)
CountriesBased in Europe.
Schedule includes events outside Europe,
in Asia, Africa, and the United States.
Most titlesOrder of Merit titles:
8 – Colin Montgomerie
Tournament wins:
50 – Seve Ballesteros
Related
competitions
Challenge Tour
European Senior Tour
Safari Circuit
Official websiteEuropeanTour.com

Most tournaments on the PGA European Tour's three tours are held in Europe, but starting in the 1980s an increasing number have been held in other parts of the world; in 2015 a majority of the ranking events on the European Tour were held outside Europe, though this included both Majors and World Golf Championship events that are ranking events for multiple tours. Europe-based events are nearly all played in Western Europe, with the most lucrative of them taking place in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France and Spain.

The PGA European Tour is a golfer-controlled organisation whose primary purpose is to maximise the income of tournament golfers. It is a company limited by guarantee and is run by a professional staff but controlled by its playing members via a board of directors composed of 12 elected past and present tour players and a tournament committee of 14 current players. The chairman of the board is David Williams who replaced Neil Coles who had held the post for 38 years.[2] The chairman of the tournament committee is Thomas Bjørn.

The PGA European Tour is the lead partner in Ryder Cup Europe, a joint venture also including the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland and PGA of Europe that operates the Ryder Cup Matches in cooperation with the PGA of America. The PGA European Tour has a 60% interest in Ryder Cup Europe, with each of its junior partners holding 20%.[3]

HistoryEdit

Professional golf began in Europe, specifically in Scotland. The first professionals were clubmakers and greenkeepers who also taught golf to the wealthy men who could afford to play the game (early handmade equipment was expensive) and played "challenge matches" against one another for purses put up by wealthy backers. The first multi-competitor stroke play tournament was The Open Championship, which was introduced in 1860. Over the following decades, the number of golf tournaments offering prize money increased slowly but steadily. Most were in the United Kingdom, but there were also several "national opens" in various countries of Continental Europe.

In 1901, The Professional Golfers' Association was founded to represent the interests of professional golfers throughout Great Britain and Ireland, and it was this body that ultimately created the European Tour. As the tournament circuit grew, in 1937 the Harry Vardon Trophy was created to be awarded to the member of the PGA with the best stroke average in select major stroke play tournaments of the season. This would later become known as the Order of Merit, and at different times has been calculated using stroke average, a points system and money earned. Each year the PGA would determine which tournaments were to be included for the Order of Merit.

By the post-World War II period prize money was becoming more significant, with sponsors being attracted by the introduction of television coverage, and as such it was becoming more feasible for professional golfers to make a living by playing alone. In the United States a formal organised tour, which later became known as the PGA Tour, had been administered by the PGA of America since the 1930s. However even into the 1960s and 1970s, the majority of tournaments in Europe were still organised separately by the host golf club or association, or a commercial promoter.

In 1972 The Professional Golfers' Association created an integrated "European tour" with the inclusion of eight major tournaments in Continental Europe on their Order of Merit schedule. These tournaments were the French Open, which was first included in 1970; the Italian, Spanish, German and Swiss Opens, which were included in 1971; and the Dutch Open, the Madrid Open and the Lancia d'Oro tournament, which were included for the first time.[4] As such the 1972 season is now officially recognised as the first season of the PGA European Tour. For several years, the British PGA and continental circuits continued to run separately, each with their own Order of Merit. Following the example set in the United States, and having been threatened with a breakaway,[5] in 1975 the PGA agreed to amend their constitution giving the tournament side more autonomy with the formation of the Tournament Players Division.[6] In 1977 the Tournament Players Division joined with the Continental Tournament Players Association to become the European Tournament Players Division,[7][8][9] and the following year it was agreed with the European Golf Association that the Continental Order of Merit would be discontinued.[10]

In its early years the season ran for six months from April to October, and was based entirely in Europe, mainly in Great Britain and Ireland. Over the next three decades the tour gradually lengthened and globalised. The first event held outside Europe was the 1982 Tunisian Open.[1] That year, there were 27 tournaments and the season stretched into November for the first time. In 1984, the PGA European Tour became independent of The Professional Golfers' Association. The following year, the tour became "all-exempt" with the end of pre-qualifying for tournaments.[11]

The European Tour has always been sensitive to the risk that its best players will leave to play on the PGA Tour for many reasons. The PGA Tour usually offers higher purses and European players want to increase their chances of glory in the three majors played in the U.S. by playing on more U.S.-style courses to acclimate themselves. In an attempt to counter this phenomenon, the European Tour introduced the "Volvo Bonus Pool" in 1988. This was extra prize money which was distributed at the end of the season to the most successful players of the year—but only golfers who had played in a high number of the European Tour's events could receive a share. This system continued until 1998, after which renewed emphasis was placed on maximising prize money in individual tournaments.

In 1989, the tour visited Asia for the first time for the Dubai Desert Classic. By 1990, there were 38 events on the schedule, including 37 in Europe, and the start of the season had moved up to February. A first visit to East Asia for the Tour occurred at the 1992 Johnnie Walker Classic in Bangkok. This has since proven to be one of the most notable initiatives in the history of the tour, as East Asia is becoming almost its second home. Shortly afterwards the tour also made its debut in the former Soviet Bloc at the 1994 Czech Open, but much less has come of this development as participation in golf in the former Soviet region remains low and sponsors there are unable to compete financially with their Western European rivals for the limited number of slots available on the main tour each summer. However, the second-tier Challenge Tour has visited Central and Eastern Europe somewhat more frequently. In 1995, the European Tour began a policy of co-sanctioning tournaments with other PGA Tours, by endorsing the South African PGA Championship on the Southern African Tour (now the Sunshine Tour). This policy was extended to the PGA Tour of Australasia in 1996, and most extensively to the Asian Tour.

In 1998, the European Tour added the three U.S. majors — the Masters Tournament, the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open — to its official schedule. The leading European Tour players had all been competing in them for many years, but now their prize money counted towards the Order of Merit (a year later for the Masters Tournament), which sometimes made a great deal of difference to the end-of-season rankings. The following year, in 1999, the World Golf Championships were established with the three individual tournaments, also offering substantially more prize money than most European events, added to the European Tour schedule.

Since the minimum number of events that a player must play to retain membership of the European Tour was eleven, the addition of the majors and WGCs meant that players could potentially become members, or retain membership, of the tour by playing just four other events. Players such as Ernie Els and Retief Goosen have taken advantage of this to play the PGA and European Tours concurrently. For the 2009 season, the minimum number of events required for members was increased to twelve;[12] this coincided with the elevation of the HSBC Champions, previously a European Tour event co-sanctioned by three other tours, to World Golf Championships status. The minimum increased to 13 in 2011, but beginning in 2013 team events such as the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup were allowed to count towards the minimum.[13] In 2016 the 13-event minimum was changed to five events, not counting the four majors and four WGCs;[14] while this change did not affect players eligible for all the majors and WGCs, it made it easier for players not eligible for these to retain European Tour membership while playing a full PGA Tour schedule. The minimum was reduced from five to four in 2018.[15]

Status and prize moneyEdit

The European Tour is considered the second most important tour in men's golf, behind the United States based PGA Tour, but retains significantly higher standing than other leading golf tours around the world. This status is reflected by the minimum world ranking points available in each tours respective tournaments, and prize money available. The total prize money available on the European Tour is approximately half that of the PGA Tour. However this includes the majors and World Golf Championships, which are the most lucrative on the schedule, so the difference for regular tournaments is substantially higher. There is also much more variation in prize funds between tournaments on the European Tour than on the PGA Tour. Even though the prize funds of many European Tour events have increased rapidly since the late 1990s, especially with the introduction of the Race to Dubai and the Rolex Series, on occasion the European Tour has failed to attract as many leading players to its events as in the past, with even some of the top European players staying away.

For many players, the European Tour is seen a stepping-stone to the PGA Tour.[16] During the late twentieth century, the European Tour was traditionally the first overseas move for outstanding players from non-European countries, particularly in the Commonwealth, long a major source for elite golfers, such as Greg Norman, Nick Price and Ernie Els.[17] These players tended to move to the PGA Tour as a second step. When Continental Europe produced its first global golf stars in the 1970s, such as Seve Ballesteros, and especially when Europe began to notch wins over the United States in the Ryder Cup in the mid 1980s, there was widespread optimism about the future standing of the European Tour relative to the PGA Tour. This has ebbed away as leading players continued to base themselves in the United States and several major European countries, such as Germany and Italy, have not produced high-ranked golfers on a regular basis as was formerly anticipated. Nonetheless, the number of European countries which have produced winners on the European Tour and PGA Tour has increased, with notable golfing depth developing in the Scandinavian countries.

However, since the late 1990s more young golfers from around the world are starting their careers directly in the United States, often having attended college as amateurs, usually with golf scholarships, before turning professional. Conversely, some young American players have sought to kick-start their professional careers in Europe, having failed to qualify for either PGA Tour or its development tour. For example, former world number one amateur, Peter Uihlein, announced in December 2011 that he would not return for his final semester at Oklahoma State University and would begin professional play in Europe the following month, both through sponsor's exemptions on the main European Tour and on the developmental Challenge Tour.[18] It is a route that has been successfully followed, most notably by multiple major winner Brooks Koepka.[17]

It has been claimed that finances of the European Tour are heavily dependent on the Ryder Cup. Days before the start of the 2014 Ryder Cup, American golf journalist Bob Harig noted,

In simple terms, the European Tour loses money in non-Ryder Cup years, makes a tidy profit in years the event is played in the United States (where the PGA of America, not the PGA Tour, owns the event and reaps the majority of the income), and then hits the lottery in years the tournament is staged in Europe. Earlier this year, Golfweek reported that the European Tour made more than 14 million pounds in pre-tax profit in 2010, the last time the Ryder Cup was staged in Europe. A year later, when there was no Ryder Cup, it lost more than 2.2 million pounds.[3]

Harig also added that the PGA European Tour extracts significant concessions from Ryder Cup venues. The owners of the 2006 and 2010 venues (respectively Sir Michael Smurfit and Sir Terry Matthews) committed to hosting European Tour events at their venues for more than a decade after winning bidding, and also guaranteed the purses for those tour events.[3]

The structure of the European Tour seasonEdit

Outline of the seasonEdit

Since 2000, with the exception of 2012, the season has actually started late in the previous calendar year, but the seasons are still named by calendar year, rather than for example 2005–06, which would reflect the actual span of play. All of the events up until late March take place outside Europe, with most of these being co-sanctioned with other tours. From then on, the tour plays mainly in Europe, and the events in its home continent generally have higher prize money than those held elsewhere, excluding the major championships, which were added to the tour schedule in 1998; three individual World Golf Championships events, added the following year, most of which take place in the United States; and the HSBC Champions, elevated to World Golf Championships status in 2009.

There are generally only minor variations in the overall pattern from one year to the next. Occasionally tournaments change venue, and quite often change name, particularly when they get a new sponsor, but the principal events have fixed and traditional places in the schedule, and this determines the rhythm of the season.

Rolex SeriesEdit

For the 2017 season, the European Tour launched the Rolex Series, a series of events with higher prize funds than regular tour events. The series began with eight events, each with a minimum prize fund of US$7 million; plans are to increase the number of series events in the future. The initial Rolex Series events are:[19][20]

From the 2019 season onwards, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship was designated to a Rolex Series event and the Open de France was relegated to a regular tour event.[21]

Rolex Series Winners

Year Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open BMW PGA Championship Italian Open Turkish Airlines Open Nedbank Golf Challenge DP World Tour Championship
2020   Lee Westwood (2)              
2019   Shane Lowry   Jon Rahm (3)   Bernd Wiesberger   Danny Willett (2)   Bernd Wiesberger (2)   Tyrrell Hatton (2)   Tommy Fleetwood (2)   Jon Rahm (4)
Year BMW PGA Championship HNA Open de France Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open Italian Open Turkish Airlines Open Nedbank Golf Challenge DP World Tour Championship
2018   Francesco Molinari   Alex Norén (2)   Russell Knox   Brandon Stone   Thorbjørn Olesen   Justin Rose (2)   Lee Westwood   Danny Willett
2017   Alex Norén   Tommy Fleetwood   Jon Rahm   Rafa Cabrera-Bello   Tyrrell Hatton   Justin Rose   Branden Grace   Jon Rahm (2)

Race to DubaiEdit

In 2009, the Order of Merit was replaced by The Race To Dubai, with a bonus pool of $7.5 million[22] (originally $10 million) distributed among the top 15 players at the end of the season, with the winner taking $1.5 million[22] (originally $2 million). The new name reflected the addition of a new season ending tournament, the Dubai World Championship, held at the end of November in Dubai. The tournament also had a $7.5 million prize fund[22] (originally $10 million), and was contested by the leading 60 players in the race following the season's penultimate event, the Hong Kong Open. The winner of the Race To Dubai also receives a ten-year European Tour exemption, while the winner of the Dubai World Championship tournament receives a five-year European Tour exemption.[23][24][25] The reduction in prize money, announced in September 2009,[22] was due to the global economic downturn. In 2012, the bonus pool was reduced to $3.75 million with the winner getting $1.0 million and only the top 10 golfers getting a bonus.[26] The bonus pool was increased to $5.0 million in 2014 with the top 15 players earning part of the pool.[27][28] In 2019 further changes were made, in 2018 the top 10 finishers on the Race to Dubai shared the bonus pool of $5m, but as of 2019 that sum will be split between only the leading five finishers. Whoever tops the standings will receive an additional $2m compared with the $1.25m won by Molinari in 2018. In addition, the Dubai World Championship was cut to the top 50 golfers on the Race to Dubai list, the prize pool was kept at $8m but the winner's share was increased to $3m. This was designed to increase interest and player participation in the event.[29]

Final Series individual tournament winnersEdit

Year Turkish Airlines Open Nedbank Golf Challenge DP World Tour Championship
2016   Thorbjørn Olesen   Alex Norén   Matthew Fitzpatrick
Year Turkish Airlines Open WGC-HSBC Champions BMW Masters DP World Tour Championship
2015   Victor Dubuisson (2)   Russell Knox   Kristoffer Broberg   Rory McIlroy
2014   Brooks Koepka   Bubba Watson   Marcel Siem   Henrik Stenson (2)
2013   Victor Dubuisson   Dustin Johnson   Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño   Henrik Stenson

Current seasonEdit

Order of Merit winnersEdit

The European Tour's money list was known as the "Order of Merit" until 2009, when it was replaced by the Race to Dubai. It is calculated in euro, although around half of the events have prize funds which are fixed in other currencies, mainly pounds sterling or U.S. dollars. In these instances, the amounts are converted into euro at the exchange rate for the week that the tournament is played. The winner of the Order of Merit receives the Harry Vardon Trophy, not to be confused with the Vardon Trophy awarded by the PGA of America.

Leading career money winnersEdit

The table below shows the top 10 career money leaders on the European Tour. Due to increases in prize money over the years, it is dominated by current players. The figures are not the players' complete career earnings as most of them have earned millions more on other tours (especially the PGA Tour) or from non-tour events. In addition, elite golfers often earn several times as much from endorsements and golf-related business interests as they do from prize money.

Rank Player Country Prize money ()
1 Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland 39,034,004
2 Lee Westwood   England 38,622,516
3 Sergio García   Spain 31,189,904
4 Henrik Stenson   Sweden 29,421,222
5 Ernie Els   South Africa 28,894,967
6 Justin Rose   England 28,675,283
7 Ian Poulter   England 26,640,979
8 Pádraig Harrington   Ireland 25,960,962
9 Colin Montgomerie   Scotland 24,493,990
10 Miguel Ángel Jiménez   Spain 24,362,300

As of 2020 season (8 Mar 2020).

There is a list of the top 100 on the European Tour's website here [1].

AwardsEdit

The European Tour Golfer of the Year, since 2009 official known as The Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Year is an award handed by a panel comprising members of the Association of Golf Writers and commentators from television and radio.

The European Tour's Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award is named after the English three-time Open Champion Sir Henry Cotton. Originally chosen by Henry Cotton himself, the winner was later selected by a panel comprising the PGA European Tour, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and the Association of Golf Writers. It is currently given to the rookie who places highest in the Race to Dubai.[30] The award was first presented in 1960, and thus predates the official start of the tour in 1972.[31] There have been five years when no award was made.

The European Tour Players' Player of the Year was inaugurated in 2008, with the winner being determined by a vote of tour members. In 2017 the award was renamed as The Seve Ballesteros Award in honour of the legendary Spanish golfer.[32][33][34]

Year Golfer of the Year Country Rookie of the Year Country Players' Player of the Year Country
2019 Jon Rahm   Spain Robert MacIntyre   Scotland Jon Rahm   Spain
2018 Francesco Molinari   Italy Shubhankar Sharma   India Francesco Molinari   Italy
2017 Sergio García   Spain Jon Rahm   Spain Tommy Fleetwood   England
2016 Henrik Stenson   Sweden Wang Jeung-hun   South Korea Henrik Stenson   Sweden
2015 Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland An Byeong-hun   South Korea Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland
2014 Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland Brooks Koepka   United States Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland
2013 Henrik Stenson   Sweden Peter Uihlein   United States Henrik Stenson   Sweden
2012 Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland Ricardo Santos   Portugal Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland
2011 Luke Donald   England Tom Lewis   England Luke Donald   England
2010 Martin Kaymer &
Graeme McDowell (shared)
  Germany
  Northern Ireland
Matteo Manassero   Italy Martin Kaymer   Germany
2009 Lee Westwood   England Chris Wood   England Lee Westwood   England
2008 Pádraig Harrington   Ireland Pablo Larrazábal   Spain Pádraig Harrington   Ireland
2007 Pádraig Harrington   Ireland Martin Kaymer   Germany
2006 Paul Casey   England Marc Warren   Scotland
2005 Michael Campbell   New Zealand Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño   Spain
2004 Vijay Singh   Fiji Scott Drummond   Scotland
2003 Ernie Els   South Africa Peter Lawrie   Ireland
2002 Ernie Els   South Africa Nick Dougherty   England
2001 Retief Goosen   South Africa Paul Casey   England
2000 Lee Westwood   England Ian Poulter   England
1999 Colin Montgomerie   Scotland Sergio García   Spain
1998 Lee Westwood   England Olivier Edmond   France
1997 Colin Montgomerie   Scotland Scott Henderson   Scotland
1996 Colin Montgomerie   Scotland Thomas Bjørn   Denmark
1995 Colin Montgomerie   Scotland Jarmo Sandelin   Sweden
1994 Ernie Els   South Africa Jonathan Lomas   England
1993 Bernhard Langer   Germany Gary Orr   Scotland
1992 Nick Faldo   England Jim Payne   England
1991 Seve Ballesteros   Spain Per-Ulrik Johansson   Sweden
1990 Nick Faldo   England Russell Claydon   England
1989 Nick Faldo   England Paul Broadhurst   England
1988 Seve Ballesteros   Spain Colin Montgomerie   Scotland
1987 Ian Woosnam   Wales Peter Baker   England
1986 Seve Ballesteros   Spain José María Olazábal   Spain
1985 Bernhard Langer   West Germany Paul Thomas   Wales
1984 Philip Parkin   Wales
1983 Grant Turner   England
1982 Gordon Brand Jnr   Scotland
1981 Jeremy Bennett   England
1980 Paul Hoad   England
1979 Mike Miller   Scotland
1978 Sandy Lyle   Scotland
1977 Nick Faldo   England
1976 Mark James   England
1975 No award
1974 Carl Mason   England
1973 Pip Elson   England
1972 Sam Torrance   Scotland
1971 David Llewellyn   Wales
1970 Stuart Brown   England
1969 Peter Oosterhuis   England
1968 Bernard Gallacher   Scotland
1967 No award
1966 Robin Liddle   Scotland
1965 No award
1964 No award
1963 Tony Jacklin   England
1962 No award
1961 Alex Caygill   England
1960 Tommy Goodwin   England

Multiple winners – Golfer of the YearEdit

Rank Player Country Wins Last win First win
1 Colin Montgomerie   Scotland 4 1999 1995
T2 Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland 3 2015 2012
Lee Westwood   England 3 2009 1998
Ernie Els   South Africa 3 2003 1994
Nick Faldo   England 3 1992 1989
Seve Ballesteros   Spain 3 1991 1986
T7 Henrik Stenson   Sweden 2 2016 2013
Pádraig Harrington   Ireland 2 2008 2007
Bernhard Langer   Germany 2 1993 1985

TelevisionEdit

Innovation HubEdit

In September 2019, Tata Communications and the European Tour launched the Innovation Hub. This contest that offers the opportunity for start-ups from across the globe to convert concepts into reality.[35]

See alsoEdit

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