2006 European Tour

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The 2006 European Tour was the 35th golf season since the European Tour officially began in 1972. The 2006 season consisted of 47 official money events, equalling the record set the previous year. This included seven major championships and World Golf Championships, which are also sanctioned by the PGA Tour. 27 events took place in Europe, 12 in Asia, five in the United States, two in South Africa and one in Australia. There were two new tournaments, the HSBC Champions in China and the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, and the BA-CA Golf Open returned to the schedule for the first time since 1996. Total prize money exceeded €117 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 last few shots of the final tournament, and was won by Pádraig Harrington for the first time. He was the first Irishman to top the Order of Merit since the formal beginning of the tour. The Player of the Year award was given to Order of Merit runner up Paul Casey of England and the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year was Marc Warren of Scotland.

Main tournaments[edit]

For details of what happened in the main tournaments of 2006, including the major championships and the World Golf Championships, see 2006 in golf.

Table of results[edit]

The first five events actually took place in late 2005. 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 OWGR points[1] Notes
10-13 Nov 2005 HSBC Champions Tournament China England David Howell (3) 24 (48) Co-sanctioned by three other tours
24-27 Nov Volvo China Open China England Paul Casey (5) 9 (18) Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
1-4 Dec Omega Hong Kong Open Hong Kong, China Scotland Colin Montgomerie (30) 14 (28) Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
8-11 Dec Dunhill Championship South Africa South Africa Ernie Els (21) 10 (20) Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
15-18 Dec South African Airways Open South Africa South Africa Retief Goosen (13) 16 (32) Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
7-8 Jan 2006 Royal Trophy Thailand European Union Europe N/A Team event - Europe v. Asia
19-22 Jan Abu Dhabi Golf Championship United Arab Emirates United States Chris DiMarco (N/A) 21 (42) In Asia, but not co-sanctioned
26-29 Jan Qatar Masters Qatar Sweden Henrik Stenson (3) 22 (44) Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
2-5 Feb Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates United States Tiger Woods (N/A) 24 (48) In Asia, but not co-sanctioned
9-12 Feb Johnnie Walker Classic Varies (Australia in 2006) United States Kevin Stadler (N/A) 22 (44) Co-sanctioned with the Asian and Australasian tours.
16-19 Feb Carlsberg Malaysian Open Malaysia South Korea Charlie Wi (N/A) 10 (20) Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
22-26 Feb WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship United States Australia Geoff Ogilvy (N/A) 38 (76) World Golf Championships
2-5 Mar Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open Indonesia England Simon Dyson (1) 10 (20) Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
9-12 Mar Singapore Masters Singapore Singapore Mardan Mamat (N/A) 10 (20) Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
16-19 Mar TCL Classic China Sweden Johan Edfors (1) 12 (24) Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
23-26 Mar Madeira Island Open Portugal France Jean van de Velde (2) 12 (24) First event in Europe
30 Mar - 2 Apr Portuguese Open Portugal England Paul Broadhurst (6) 12 (24)
6-9 Apr Masters Tournament United States United States Phil Mickelson (N/A) 50 (100) Major championship
13-16 Apr Volvo China Open China India Jeev Milkha Singh (1) 12 (24) Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
20-23 Apr BMW Asian Open China Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (2) 15 (30) Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
27-30 Apr Andalucía Open de España Valle Romano Spain Sweden Niclas Fasth (4) 12 (24)
4–7 May Telecom Italia Open Italy Italy Francesco Molinari (1) 12 (24)
11–14 May British Masters England Sweden Johan Edfors (2) 21 (42)
18–21 May Nissan Irish Open Republic of Ireland Denmark Thomas Bjørn (9) 19 (38)
25–28 May BMW Championship England England David Howell (4) 32 (64) The European Tour's "Home Tournament"
1-4 Jun Celtic Manor Wales Open Wales Sweden Robert Karlsson (6) 14 (28)
8-11 Jun BA-CA Golf Open Austria Austria Markus Brier (1) 12 (24)
15-18 Jun U.S. Open United States Australia Geoff Ogilvy (N/A) 50 (100) Major championship
15-18 Jun Aa St Omer Open France Argentina César Monasterio (1) 9 (18) Secondary to the U.S. Open
22-25 Jun Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles Scotland England Paul Casey (6) 12 (24)
29 Jun - 2 Jul Open de France France England John Bickerton (2) 20 (40)
6-9 Jul Smurfit European Open Republic of Ireland Wales Stephen Dodd (3) 23 (46)
13-16 Jul Barclays Scottish Open Scotland Sweden Johan Edfors (3) 25 (50)
20-23 Jul The Open Championship United Kingdom United States Tiger Woods (N/A) 50 (100) Major championship
27-30 Jul Deutsche Bank Players Championship of Europe Germany Sweden Robert Karlsson (7) 25 (50)
3-6 Aug EnterCard Scandinavian Masters Sweden Scotland Marc Warren (1) 12 (24)
10-13 Aug KLM Open Netherlands England Simon Dyson (2) 12 (24)
17-20 Aug PGA Championship United States United States Tiger Woods (N/A) 50 (100) Major championship
17-20 Aug Imperial Collection Russian Open Russia Spain Alejandro Cañizares (1) 12 (24) Secondary to the PGA Championship
24-27 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational United States United States Tiger Woods (N/A) 38 (76) World Golf Championships
31 Aug - 3 Sep BMW International Open Germany Sweden Henrik Stenson (4) 22 (44)
7-10 Sep Omega European Masters Switzerland Wales Bradley Dredge (2) 12 (24)
14-17 Sep HSBC World Match Play Championship England England Paul Casey (7) 24 (48) 16 man match play event. Highest 1st prize in golf.
14-17 Sep Open de Madrid Spain England Ian Poulter (7) 12 (24) Secondary to the HSBC World Match Play Championship
22-24 Sep Ryder Cup varies (Republic of Ireland in 2006) European Union Europe N/A Team event - Europe v. United States
28 Sep - 1 Oct WGC-American Express Championship varies (England in 2006) United States Tiger Woods (N/A) 35 (70) World Golf Championships
5-8 Oct Dunhill Links Championship Scotland Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington (10) 25 (50) Celebrity pro-am
19-22 Oct Mallorca Classic Spain Sweden Niclas Fasth (5) 14 (28)
26-29 Oct Volvo Masters Spain India Jeev Milkha Singh (2) 24 (48) The "Tour Championship"

Order of Merit[edit]

In 2006, 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 2006 were:

Position Player Country Prize money ()
1. Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 2,489,337
2. Paul Casey  England 2,454,084
3. David Howell  England 2,321,116
4. Robert Karlsson  Sweden 2,044,936
5. Ernie Els  South Africa 1,716,208
6. Henrik Stenson  Sweden 1,709,359
7. Luke Donald  England 1,658,060
8. Ian Poulter  England 1,589,070
9. Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 1,534,748
10. Johan Edfors  Sweden 1,505,583

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Each tournament is allocated a certain number of world ranking points, and initially this number is doubled up (see Official World Golf Ranking for more on this somewhat confusing system). Some publications use original points and others use doubled-up points, so both are given here for the sake of clarity.

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