2005 European Tour

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The 2005 European Tour was the 34th golf season since the European Tour officially began in 1972. The 2005 season consisted of 47 official money events, which was a new record total. This included four major championships and three World Golf Championships, which were also sanctioned by the PGA Tour. 27 events took place in Europe, 10 in Asia, six in the United States, two in South Africa and one each in Australia and New Zealand. Total prize money exceeded €97 million, including nearly €40 million in the four major championships and three individual World Golf Championships events.

The Order of Merit race came down to the final tournament, and was won by Colin Montgomerie for a record eighth time, and the first since 1999. The Player of the Year award was given to Order of Merit runner up and U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell of New Zealand. The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year was Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño of Spain, who won his first title, the KLM Open during his début season.

Main tournaments[edit]

For details of what happened in the main tournaments of 2005, including the major championships and the World Golf Championships, see 2005 in golf.

Table of results[edit]

The first three events actually took place in late 2004. The numbers in brackets 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. To give such a number for non-members would misrepresent the amount of time some international golfers spend on the European Tour; as the Tour co-sanctions the major championships and World Golf Championships events, some top players accumulate a significant number of wins in European Tour sanctioned events without really playing on it.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner Notes
25-28 Nov Volvo China Open China Wales Stephen Dodd (1) Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
2-5 Dec Omega Hong Kong Open Hong Kong, China Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez (12) Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
9-12 Dec Dunhill Championship South Africa South Africa Charl Schwartzel (1) Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
20-23 Jan South African Airways Open South Africa South Africa Tim Clark (2) Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
27-30 Jan Caltex Masters Singapore England Nick Dougherty (1) Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
3-6 Feb Heineken Classic Australia Australia Craig Parry (n/a) Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
10-13 Feb Holden New Zealand Open New Zealand Sweden Niclas Fasth (2) Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
17-20 Feb Carlsberg Malaysian Open Malaysia Thailand Thongchai Jaidee (2) Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
23-27 Feb WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship United States United States David Toms (n/a) World Golf Championships
3-6 Mar Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates South Africa Ernie Els (18)
10-13 Mar Qatar Masters Qatar South Africa Ernie Els (19)
17-20 Mar TCL Classic China England Paul Casey (4) Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
24-27 Mar Enjoy Jakarta Standard Chartered Indonesia Open Indonesia Thailand Thaworn Wiratchant (1) Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
31 Mar - 3 Apr Estoril Open de Portugal Caixa Geral de Depositos Portugal England Paul Broadhurst (5) First event in Europe
7-10 Apr Masters Tournament United States United States Tiger Woods (n/a) Major championship
7-10 Apr Madeira Island Open Portugal Netherlands Robert-Jan Derksen (2) Alternate event to Masters Tournament.
Dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour.
14-17 Apr Jazztel Open de España en Andalucía Spain Sweden Peter Hanson (1)
21-24 Apr Johnnie Walker Classic China Australia Adam Scott (5) Co-sanctioned with the Asian and Australasian tours.
28 Apr - 1 May BMW Asian Open China South Africa Ernie Els (20) Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
5–8 May Telecom Italia Open Italy England Steve Webster (1)
12–15 May The Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters England Denmark Thomas Bjørn (8)
19–22 May Nissan Irish Open Republic of Ireland Wales Stephen Dodd (2)
26–29 May BMW Championship England Argentina Ángel Cabrera (3) The European Tour's "Home Tournament"
2-5 Jun Celtic Manor Wales Open Wales Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez (13)
9-12 Jun KLM Open Netherlands Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (1)
16-19 Jun U.S. Open United States New Zealand Michael Campbell (7) Major championship
16-19 Jun Aa St Omer Open France Sweden Joakim Bäckström (1) Alternate event to the U.S. Open.
Dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour.
23-26 Jun Open de France France France Jean-François Remésy (3)
30 Jun - 3 Jul Smurfit European Open Republic of Ireland England Kenneth Ferrie (2)
7-10 Jul Barclays Scottish Open Scotland South Africa Tim Clark (3)
14-17 Jul The Open Championship United Kingdom United States Tiger Woods (n/a) Major championship
21-24 Jul Deutsche Bank Players Championship of Europe Germany Sweden Niclas Fasth (3)
28-31 Jul EnterCard Scandinavian Masters Sweden Australia Mark Hensby (1)
4-7 Aug Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles Scotland Italy Emanuele Canonica (1)
11-14 Aug PGA Championship United States United States Phil Mickelson (n/a) Major championship
11-14 Aug Cadillac Russian Open Russia Sweden Mikael Lundberg (1) Alternate event to the PGA Championship.
Dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour.
18-21 Aug WGC-NEC Invitational United States United States Tiger Woods (n/a) World Golf Championships
25-28 Aug BMW International Open Germany England David Howell (2)
1-4 Sep Omega European Masters Switzerland Spain Sergio García (6)
8-11 Sep Linde German Masters Germany South Africa Retief Goosen (12)
15-18 Sep HSBC World Match Play Championship England New Zealand Michael Campbell (8) 16 man match play event. Highest 1st prize in golf.
22-25 Sep Seve Trophy England Great Britain & Ireland Team event - Great Britain & Ireland v. Continental Europe
29 Sep - 2 Oct Dunhill Links Championship Scotland Scotland Colin Montgomerie (29) Celebrity pro-am
6-9 Oct WGC-American Express Championship United States United States Tiger Woods (n/a) World Golf Championships
6-9 Oct Abama Open de Canarias Spain England John Bickerton (1) Alternate event to the WGC-American Express Championship.
Dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour.
13-16 Oct Open de Madrid Spain France Raphaël Jacquelin (1)
20-23 Oct Mallorca Classic Spain Spain José María Olazábal (22)
27-30 Oct Volvo Masters Spain Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley (4) The "Tour Championship"

Order of Merit[edit]

In 2005, the European Tour's money list was known as the "Order of Merit". It was calculated in euro, although around half of the events had prize funds which were fixed in other currencies, mostly either British pounds or U.S. dollars. In these instances the amounts were converted into euro at the exchange rate for the week that the tournament was played. The top 10 golfers in 2005 were:

Position Player Country Prize money ()
1. Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 2,794,223
2. Michael Campbell  New Zealand 2,496,269
3. Paul McGinley  Ireland 2,296,423
4. Retief Goosen  South Africa 2,261,211
5. Ángel Cabrera  Argentina 1,866,277
6. Sergio García  Spain 1,828,545
7. David Howell  England 1,798,308
8. Henrik Stenson  Sweden 1,585,750
9. Thomas Bjørn  Denmark 1,561,190
10. José María Olazábal  Spain 1,489,016

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