1976 European Tour

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The 1976 European Tour was the fifth official season of golf tournaments known as the PGA European Tour and organised by the Professional Golfers' Association.

The Order of Merit was won by Spain's Seve Ballesteros.


The table below shows the 1976 European Tour schedule which was made up of 22 tournaments, which included the major national opens around Europe. The other tournaments were mostly held in England and Scotland. There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the Greater Manchester Open, the Uniroyal International and the Lancome Trophy, and the Benson & Hedges Festival being retitled as the Benson and Hedges International Open.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner Notes
14–17 Apr Portuguese Open Portugal Spain Salvador Balbuena
21–24 Apr Spanish Open Spain Northern Ireland Eddie Polland
28 Apr–1 May Madrid Open Spain Spain Francisco Abreu
6–9 May French Open France South Africa Vincent Tshabalala
12 15 May Piccadilly Medal England Scotland Sam Torrance
28–31 May Penfold PGA Championship England England Neil Coles
4–7 Jun Kerrygold International Classic Republic of Ireland England Tony Jacklin
9–12 Jun Martini International England Scotland Sam Torrance
17–20 Jun Greater Manchester Open England Republic of Ireland John O'Leary New tournament
23–26 Jun Uniroyal International England England Tommy Horton New tournament
7–10 Jul The Open Championship Scotland United States Johnny Miller
15–18 Jul Scandinavian Enterprise Open Sweden South Africa Hugh Baiocchi
22–25 Jul Swiss Open Switzerland Spain Manuel Piñero
5–8 Aug Dutch Open Netherlands Spain Seve Ballesteros
12–15 Aug German Open West Germany South Africa Simon Hobday
17–18 Aug Double Diamond Individual Championship Scotland New Zealand Simon Owen
26–29 Aug Carroll's Irish Open Republic of Ireland United States Ben Crenshaw
2–5 Sept Sun Alliance Match Play Championship England Scotland Brian Barnes
22–25 Sept Benson and Hedges International Open England Australia Graham Marsh
29 Sept–2 Oct Dunlop Masters Wales Italy Baldovino Dassù
14–17 Oct Lancome Trophy France Spain Seve Ballesteros New tournament
21–24 Oct Italian Open Italy Italy Baldovino Dassù

Order of Merit[edit]

The PGA European Tour's money list was known as the "Order of Merit". It was based on a points system, which meant that some players could finish lower than others despite accumulating more prize money.

Position Player Country Prize money (£)
1 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 39,504
2 Eamonn Darcy  Ireland 25,027
3 Sam Torrance  Scotland 20,917
4 Manuel Piñero  Spain 19,946
5 Tommy Horton  England 22,781
6 Neil Coles  England 20,543
7 Martin Foster  England 17,436
8 Brian Barnes  Scotland 23,350
9 Baldovino Dassù  Italy 13,405
10 Simon Hobday  South Africa 15,196

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