1977 European Tour

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The 1977 European Tour was the sixth 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.

Schedule[edit]

The table below shows the 1977 European Tour schedule which was made up of 23 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 Callers of Newcastle and the Tournament Players Championship, and the loss of the Piccadilly Medal.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner Notes
6–9 Apr Portuguese Open Portugal Spain Manuel Ramos (1)
7–10 Apr Masters Tournament* United States United States Tom Watson (n/a)
13–16 Apr Spanish Open Spain Scotland Bernard Gallacher (5)
20–23 Apr Madrid Open Spain Spain Antonio Garrido (2)
28 Apr–1 May Italian Open Italy Spain Ángel Gallardo (1)
5–8 May French Open France Spain Seve Ballesteros (2)
11–14 May Benson and Hedges International Open England Spain Antonio Garrido (3)
18–21 May Sun Alliance Match Play Championship England South Africa Hugh Baiocchi (4)
25–28 May Penfold PGA Championship England Spain Manuel Piñero (3)
2–5 Jun Kerrygold International Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland Liam Higgins (1)
8–11 Jun Martini International England Australia Greg Norman (1)
16–19 Jun U.S. Open* United States United States Hubert Green (n/a)
16–19 Jun Greater Manchester Open England Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy (1)
22–25 Jun Uniroyal International Championship England Spain Seve Ballesteros (3)
6–9 Jul The Open Championship Scotland United States Tom Watson (n/a)
14–17 Jul Swiss Open Switzerland Spain Seve Ballesteros (4)
21–24 Jul Scandinavian Enterprise Open Sweden United States Bob Byman (1)
28–31 Jul Callers of Newcastle England South Africa John Fourie (1) New tournament
4–7 Aug German Open West Germany South Africa Tienie Britz (1)
11–14 Aug PGA Championship* United States United States Lanny Wadkins (n/a)
11–14 Aug Dutch Open Netherlands United States Bob Byman (2)
16–17 Aug Skol Lager Individual Scotland England Nick Faldo (1)
25–28 Aug Carroll's Irish Open Republic of Ireland United States Hubert Green (n/a)
7–10 Sept Tournament Players Championship England England Neil Coles (6) New tournament
28 Sept–1 Oct Dunlop Masters England England Guy Hunt (1)
13–16 Oct Lancome Trophy France Australia Graham Marsh (n/a) Unofficial event

*The three majors played in the United States were not official money events, but wins in them were retroactively made official.

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 46,436
2 Hugh Baiocchi  South Africa 32,251
3 Antonio Garrido  Spain 21,581
4 Manuel Piñero  Spain 26,569
5 Bob Byman  United States 19,452
6 Brian Barnes  Scotland 17,557
7 Peter Dawson  England 17,583
8 Nick Faldo  England 23,978
9 Francisco Abreu  Spain 13,294
10 Ángel Gallardo  Spain 14,765

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