2008 European Tour

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The 2008 European Tour was the 37th golf season since the European Tour officially began in 1972. The 2008 season consisted of 50 official money events, a drop of two from 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, 11 in Asia, six in the United States, four in South Africa, one in Australia and one in New Zealand. There were four new tournaments, the Emaar-MGF Indian Masters in India, the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea and in Spain the Madrid Masters and the Castelló Masters Costa Azahar.

The Order of Merit was won by Robert Karlsson, the first Swedish golfer to do so. The Player of the Year award was given to Pádraig Harrington. The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year was Pablo Larrazábal from Spain.

Main tournaments[edit]

For details of what happened in the main tournaments of 2008, including the major championships and the World Golf Championships, see 2008 in golf.

Table of results[edit]

The table below shows the 2008 schedule. There are 50 official money events, of which the first six events take place in late 2007. The season runs for 52 weeks, with a three week break over Christmas and the New Year, and one week when the only event is an unofficial money team tournament. There are two weeks when two official money events are played.

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. For example, Tiger Woods has won more than thirty events sanctioned by the European Tour, but has never played a sufficient number of European Tour-sanctioned events to qualify for membership.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner OWGR
points
Notes
8-11 Nov HSBC Champions China United States Phil Mickelson (n/a) 52 Co-sanctioned by three other tours
15-18 Nov UBS Hong Kong Open Hong Kong, China Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez (14) 36 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
22-25 Nov MasterCard Masters Australia Australia Aaron Baddeley (n/a) 24 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
29 Nov-2 Dec Michael Hill New Zealand Open New Zealand England Richard Finch (1) 20 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
6-9 Dec Alfred Dunhill Championship South Africa England John Bickerton (3) 22 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
13-16 Dec South African Airways Open South Africa South Africa James Kingston (1) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
10-13 Jan Joburg Open South Africa South Africa Richard Sterne (3) 20 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
17-20 Jan Abu Dhabi Golf Championship United Arab Emirates Germany Martin Kaymer (1) 44
24-27 Jan The Commercialbank Qatar Masters Qatar Australia Adam Scott (6) 46
31 Jan-3 Feb Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates United States Tiger Woods (n/a) 50
7-10 Feb Emaar-MGF Indian Masters India India Shiv Chowrasia (1) 26 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour; new tournament
14-17 Feb Astro Indonesia Open Indonesia Chile Felipe Aguilar (1) 20 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
20-24 Feb WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship United States United States Tiger Woods (n/a) 76 World Golf Championships
28 Feb-2 Mar Johnnie Walker Classic India New Zealand Mark Brown (1) 38 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia
6-9 Mar Maybank Malaysian Open Malaysia India Arjun Atwal (3) 24 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
13-16 Mar Ballantine's Championship South Korea Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell (3) 28 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour; new tournament
20-23 Mar WGC-CA Championship United States Australia Geoff Ogilvy (n/a) 76 World Golf Championships
20-23 Mar Madeira Island Open Portugal Scotland Alastair Forsyth (2) 24 First event in Europe; alternate to the WGC event
27-30 Mar MAPFRE Open de Andalucia Spain France Thomas Levet (4) 24
3-6 Apr Estoril Open de Portugal Portugal France Grégory Bourdy (2) 24
10-13 Apr Masters Tournament United States South Africa Trevor Immelman (4) 100 Major championship
17-20 Apr Volvo China Open China Republic of Ireland Damien McGrane (1) 20 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
24-27 Apr BMW Asian Open China Northern Ireland Darren Clarke (11) 32 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
1-4 May Open de España Spain Republic of Ireland Peter Lawrie (1) 24
8-11 May Italian Open Italy South Africa Hennie Otto (1) 24
15-18 May Irish Open Republic of Ireland England Richard Finch (2) 28
22-25 May BMW PGA Championship England Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez (15) 64 The European Tour's "Home Tournament"
29 May - 1 Jun Celtic Manor Wales Open Wales Australia Scott Strange (1) 36
5-8 Jun Bank Austria GolfOpen Austria India Jeev Milkha Singh (3) 24
12-15 Jun U.S. Open United States United States Tiger Woods (n/a) 100 Major championship
12-15 Jun Saint-Omer Open France England David Dixon (1) 18 Alternate to the U.S. Open; also a Challenge Tour event
19-22 Jun BMW International Open Germany Germany Martin Kaymer (2) 30
26-29 Jun Open de France France Spain Pablo Larrazábal (1) 38
3-6 Jul European Open England England Ross Fisher (2) 40
10-13 Jul Barclays Scottish Open Scotland Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell (4) 50 The richest sole-sanctioned event in 2007
17-20 Jul The Open Championship United Kingdom Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington (13) 100 Major championship
24-27 Jul Inteco Russian Open Russia Sweden Mikael Lundberg (2) 24
31 Jul - 3 Aug WGC-Bridgestone Invitational United States Fiji Vijay Singh (13) 74 World Golf Championships
7-10 Aug PGA Championship United States Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington (14) 100 Major championship
14-17 Aug SAS Masters Sweden Sweden Peter Hanson (2) 24
21-24 Aug KLM Open Netherlands Northern Ireland Darren Clarke (12) 30
28-31 Aug Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles Scotland France Grégory Havret (3) 32
4-7 Sep Omega European Masters Switzerland France Jean-François Lucquin (1) 24
11-14 Sep Mercedes-Benz Championship Germany Sweden Robert Karlsson (8) 34
19-21 Sep Ryder Cup United States  United States n/a Team event - Europe v. United States
25-28 Sep Quinn Insurance British Masters England Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (4) 30
2-5 Oct Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Scotland Sweden Robert Karlsson (9) 50 Celebrity pro-am
9-12 Oct Madrid Masters Spain South Africa Charl Schwartzel (3) 24 New tournament
16-19 Oct Portugal Masters Portugal Spain Álvaro Quirós (2) 38
23-26 Oct Castelló Masters Costa Azahar Spain Spain Sergio García (7) 38 New tournament
30 Oct - 2 Nov Volvo Masters Spain Denmark Søren Kjeldsen (2) 50

For the official version of the tour schedule on the European Tour's website, including links to full results, see here.

Order of Merit[edit]

In 2008, 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 2008 were:

Rank Player Country Events Prize money ()
1 Robert Karlsson  Sweden 23 2,732,748
2 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 14 2,459,109
3 Lee Westwood  England 21 2,424,642
4 Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain 26 2,066,596
5 Graeme McDowell  Northern Ireland 28 1,859,346
6 Ross Fisher  England 27 1,836,530
7 Henrik Stenson  Sweden 19 1,798,617
8 Martin Kaymer  Germany 25 1,794,500
9 Sergio García  Spain 13 1,591,917
10 Søren Kjeldsen  Denmark 29 1,440,979

Note that Tiger Woods earned more money in European Tour events in 2008 (€2,759,558 in five events) than any other golfer, but was not a member of the European Tour so was not eligible for the Order of Merit.[1]

Golfer of the Month[edit]

The winners of the European Tour Golfer of the Month Award were as follows:

Month Player Country
January Martin Kaymer  Germany
February Mark Brown  New Zealand
March Graeme McDowell  Northern Ireland
April Trevor Immelman  South Africa
May Sergio García  Spain
June Pablo Larrazábal  Spain
July Pádraig Harrington  Ireland
August Pádraig Harrington  Ireland
September Robert Karlsson  Sweden
October Robert Karlsson  Sweden
November Robert Karlsson  Sweden

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