1979 European Tour

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The 1979 European Tour was the eighth 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 Scotland's Sandy Lyle.


The table below shows the 1979 European Tour schedule which was made up of 24 tournaments, which included the major national opens around Europe. The other tournaments were mostly held in England, Wales and Scotland. There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the Welsh Golf Classic and Lada English Golf Classic, and the return of the Lancome Trophy.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner Notes
12–15 Apr Portuguese Open Portugal Scotland Brian Barnes
19–22 Apr Spanish Open Spain South Africa Dale Hayes
26–29 Apr Madrid Open Spain South Africa Simon Hobday
3–6 May Italian Open Italy Scotland Brian Barnes
10–13 May French Open France Scotland Bernard Gallacher
17–20 May Colgate PGA Championship England Argentina Vicente Fernandez
25–28 May Martini International England Australia Greg Norman
31 May–3 Jun B.A./Avis Open Jersey Scotland Sandy Lyle
7–10 Jun Belgian Open Belgium South Africa Gavan Levenson
14–17 Jun Welsh Golf Classic Wales England Mark James New tournament
21–24 Jun Greater Manchester Open England Rhodesia Mark McNulty
28 Jun–1 Jul Lada English Golf Classic England Spain Seve Ballesteros New tournament
5–8 Jul Scandinavian Enterprise Open Sweden Scotland Sandy Lyle
18–21 Jul The Open Championship Scotland Spain Seve Ballesteros
26–29 Jul Dutch Open Netherlands Australia Graham Marsh
2–5 Aug Sun Alliance Match Play Championship Scotland Republic of Ireland Des Smyth
9–12 Aug Benson and Hedges International Open England England Maurice Bembridge
16–19 Aug Braun German Open West Germany England Tony Jacklin
23–26 Aug Carroll's Irish Open Republic of Ireland England Mark James
30 Aug–2 Sept Swiss Open Switzerland South Africa Hugh Baiocchi
6–8 Sept European Open England Scotland Sandy Lyle
20–23 Sept SOS Talisman TPC England England Michael King
3–6 Oct Dunlop Masters Wales Australia Graham Marsh
25–28 Oct Lancome Trophy France United States Johnny Miller

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 Sandy Lyle  Scotland 49,233
2 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 47,411
3 Mark James  England 38,534
4 Dale Hayes  South Africa 32,540
5 Michael King  England 29,725
6 Brian Barnes  Scotland 28,204
7 Ken Brown  Scotland 25,407
8 Antonio Garrido  Spain 24,665
9 Tony Jacklin  England 22,179
10 Neil Coles  England 21,351

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