1997 European Tour

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The 1997 European Tour was the 26th official season of golf tournaments known as the PGA European Tour.[1]

The Order of Merit was won by Scotland's Colin Montgomerie.

Schedule[edit]

The table below shows the 1997 European Tour schedule which was made up of 35 regular tournaments, which included the major national opens around Europe. There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the South African Open, which replaced the FNB Players Championship, and the loss of the Catalan Open, the Austrian Open and the Scottish Open, which was effectively superseded by the Loch Lomond World Invitational.

The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names show the number of career wins they had on the European Tour up to and including that event. This is only shown for members of the European Tour.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner Notes
23–26 Jan Johnnie Walker Classic Australia South Africa Ernie Els (4)
30 Jan–2 Feb Heineken Classic Australia Spain Miguel Ángel Martín (2)
6–9 Feb South African Open South Africa Fiji Vijay Singh (7) New Tournament
13–16 Feb Dimension Data Pro-Am South Africa Zimbabwe Nick Price (6)
20–23 Feb Alfred Dunhill South African PGA Championship South Africa Zimbabwe Nick Price (7)
27 Feb–2 Mar Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates Australia Richard Green (1)
6–9 Mar Moroccan Open Morocco South Africa Clinton Whitelaw (1)
13–16 Mar Portuguese Open Portugal Sweden Michael Jonzon (1)
20–23 Mar Turespana Masters Open de Canarias Spain Spain José María Olazábal (17)
27–30 Mar Madeira Island Open Portugal England Peter Mitchell (2)
10–13 Apr Masters Tournament United States United States Tiger Woods (n/a) Unofficial money
17–20 Apr Europe 1 Cannes Open France England Stuart Cage (1)
24–27 Apr Peugeot Open de Espana Spain England Mark James (18)
1–4 May Conte of Florence Italian Open Italy Germany Bernhard Langer (36)
8–11 May Benson and Hedges International Open England Germany Bernhard Langer (37)
15–18 May Alamo English Open England Sweden Per-Ulrik Johansson (4)
23–26 May Volvo PGA Championship England Wales Ian Woosnam (29)
29 Jun–1 Jul Deutsche Bank Open TPC of Europe Germany England Ross McFarlane (1)
5–8 Jun Compaq European Grand Prix England Scotland Colin Montgomerie (13)
12–15 Jun U.S. Open United States South Africa Ernie Els (5) Unofficial money
19–22 Jun Volvo German Open Germany Spain Ignacio Garrido (1)
26–29 Jun Peugeot Open de France France South Africa Retief Goosen (2)
3–6 Jul Murphy's Irish Open Republic of Ireland Scotland Colin Montgomerie (14)
9–12 Jul Gulfstream Loch Lomond World Invitational Scotland United States Tom Lehman (n/a)
17–20 Jul The Open Championship Scotland United States Justin Leonard (n/a)
24–27 Jul Sun Microsystems Dutch Open Netherlands Germany Sven Strüver (2)
31 Jul–3 Aug Volvo Scandinavian Masters Sweden Sweden Joakim Haeggman (2)
7–10 Aug Chemapol Trophy Czech Open Czech Republic Germany Bernhard Langer (38)
14–17 Aug U.S. PGA Championship United States United States Davis Love III (n/a) Unofficial money
21–24 Aug Smurfit European Open Republic of Ireland Sweden Per-Ulrik Johansson (5)
28–31 Aug BMW International Open Germany Sweden Robert Karlsson (2)
4–7 Sept Canon European Masters Switzerland Italy Costantino Rocca (4)
11–14 Sept Trophée Lancôme France United States Mark O'Meara (n/a)
18–21 Sept One 2 One British Masters England New Zealand Greg Turner (4)
26–28 Sept Ryder Cup Spain European Union Europe Team event
2–5 Oct Linde German Masters Germany Germany Bernhard Langer (39)
9–12 Oct Toyota World Match Play Championship England Fiji Vijay Singh (n/a) Unofficial money
16–19 Oct Alfred Dunhill Cup Scotland  South Africa Team event
23–26 Oct Oki Pro-Am Spain Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley (2)
30 Oct–2 Nov Volvo Masters Spain England Lee Westwood (2)

Order of Merit[edit]

The PGA European Tour's money list was known as the "Volvo Order of Merit". It was based on prize money earned during the season and calculated in Pound sterling[1] but is now converted to Euro.

Position Player Country Prize money ()
1 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 1,118,527
2 Bernhard Langer  Germany 969,358
3 Lee Westwood  England 824,205
4 Darren Clarke  Northern Ireland 752,373
5 Ian Woosnam  Wales 704,988
6 Ignacio Garrido  Spain 576,072
7 Retief Goosen  South Africa 552,437
8 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 544,575
9 José María Olazábal  Spain 539,908
10 Robert Karlsson  Sweden 510,359

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tour History". PGA European Tour. Archived from the original on 4 April 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 

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