European Seniors Tour

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The European Seniors Tour is a professional tour, for male golfers aged 50 and over, run by the PGA European Tour.

The Tour was founded in 1992. In 2008 it had a total prize fund of €7,729,284, so it is much further behind the U.S.-based Champions Tour in relative prize money than the main European Tour is behind the PGA Tour. The highest profile seniors event in Europe is the Senior British Open Championship, which is co-sanctioned by the Champions Tour. The European Tour co-sanctions the Senior PGA Championship and the U.S. Senior Open. Prize money in latter does not count towards the Order of Merit, but from 2007 the former is an official money event.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Past tour schedules[edit]

The table below summarises the development of the tour since 1999, which was the year that the euro became the currency of record for the tour. Individual tournaments have purses fixed in a mixture of British pounds, euros and U.S. dollars, so year on year changes in the total prize fund reflect exchange rate fluctuations as well as prize fund movements in constant currencies.

Year Ranking tournaments Total purse (€)
2013 16 5,089,169
2012 16 7,454,025
2011 22 8,971,738
2010 21 9,043,584
2009 16 7,045,769
2008 18 7,729,284
2007 19 8,305,947
2006 17 6,346,453
2005 21 7,019,820
2004 20 6,340,626
2003 20 6,041,828
2002 19 5,497,811
2001 20 6,539,844
2000 20 4,714,254
1999 17 3,266,041

Order of Merit winners[edit]

Year Order of Merit leader Country Earnings ()
2013 Paul Wesselingh  England 311,644
2012 Roger Chapman  England 356,751
2011 Peter Fowler  Australia 302,327
2010 Boonchu Ruangkit  Thailand 266,609
2009 Sam Torrance  Scotland 170,696
2008 Ian Woosnam  Wales 320,120
2007 Carl Mason  England 412,376
2006 Sam Torrance  Scotland 347,525
2005 Sam Torrance  Scotland 277,421
2004 Carl Mason  England 354,743
2003 Carl Mason  England 350,242
2002 Seiji Ebihara  Japan 330,211
2001 Ian Stanley  Australia 287,025
2000 Noel Ratcliffe  Australia 163,167
1999 Tommy Horton  England 138,944
1998 Tommy Horton  England 127,656
1997 Tommy Horton  England 158,427
1996 Tommy Horton  England 133,195
1995 Brian Barnes  Scotland 63,620
1994 John Morgan  England 57,209
1993 Tommy Horton  England 56,935
1992 John Fourie  South Africa 47,857

Leading career money winners[edit]

The table below shows the top ten career money leaders on the European Seniors Tour as of the end of the 2013 season.

Rank Player Country Earnings ()
1 Carl Mason  England 2,510,859
2 Nick Job  England 1,567,825
3 Sam Torrance  Scotland 1,536,589
4 Tommy Horton  England 1,527,506
5 Noel Ratcliffe  Australia 1,378,441
6 Bill Longmuir  Scotland 1,374,566
7 Jerry Bruner  United States 1,334,727
8 Denis O'Sullivan  Ireland 1,312,856
9 Tom Watson  United States 1,297,899
10 Bob Cameron  England 1,229,154

There is a full list that is updated after each tournament on the European Tour's website here.

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