1974 European Tour

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The 1974 European Tour was the third official season of golf tournaments known as the PGA European Tour and organised by the Professional Golfers' Association.

The Order of Merit was won by England's Peter Oosterhuis.


The table below shows the 1974 European Tour schedule which was made up of 21 tournaments, which included the major national opens around Europe. The other tournaments were mostly held in England, Scotland and Wales. There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the Double Diamond Strokeplay and the El Paraiso Open, and the loss of the Scottish Open and the John Player Classic.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner Notes
10–13 Apr Portuguese Open Portugal Wales Brian Huggett (1)
11–14 Apr Masters Tournament* United States South Africa Gary Player (n/a)
17–20 Apr Spanish Open Spain United States Jerry Heard (1)
24–27 Apr Madrid Open Spain Spain Manuel Piñero (1)
2–5 May French Open France England Peter Oosterhuis (5)
8–11 May Penfold Tournament England England Tommy Horton (2)
22 25 May Piccadilly Medal England England Maurice Bembridge (2)
5–8 Jun Martini International England Australia Stewart Ginn (1)
13–16 Jun U.S. Open* United States United States Hale Irwin (n/a)
20–23 Jun Carroll's International Republic of Ireland Scotland Bernard Gallacher (1)
10–13 Jul The Open Championship England South Africa Gary Player (n/a)
18–21 Jul Scandinavian Enterprise Open Sweden England Tony Jacklin (4)
24–27 Jul Swiss Open Switzerland New Zealand Bob Charles (4)
1–4 Aug German Open West Germany New Zealand Simon Owen (1)
8–11 Aug PGA Championship* United States United States Lee Trevino (n/a)
8–11 Aug Dutch Open Netherlands Scotland Brian Barnes (2)
14–17 Aug Benson & Hedges Festival England Belgium Philippe Toussaint (1)
20–21 Aug Double Diamond Strokeplay Scotland England Maurice Bembridge (3)
28–31 Aug Viyella PGA Championship England England Maurice Bembridge (4)
12–15 Sep Benson & Hedges Match Play Championship Scotland Australia Jack Newton (3)
18–21 Sep W.D. & H.O. Wills Tournament England England Neil Coles (4)
2–5 Oct Dunlop Masters Wales Scotland Bernard Gallacher (2)
10–12 Oct Piccadilly World Match Play England United States Hale Irwin (n/a) Unofficial event
17–20 Oct Italian Open Italy England Peter Oosterhuis (6)
23–26 Oct El Paraiso Open Spain England Peter Oosterhuis (7)

*The three majors played in the United States were not official money events, but wins in them were retroactively made official.

Order of Merit[edit]

The PGA European Tour's money list was known as the "Order of Merit". It was based on a points system, which meant that some players could finish lower than others despite accumulating more prize money.

Position Player Country Prize money (£)
1 Peter Oosterhuis  England 32,127
2 Dale Hayes  South Africa 18,396
3 Bernard Gallacher  Scotland 18,515
4 Brian Barnes  Scotland 14,380
5 Neil Coles  England 13,961
6 Vicente Fernández  Argentina 7,819
7 Tony Jacklin  England 19,547
8 Brian Huggett  Wales 12,373
9 Peter Townsend  England 15,828
10 Tommy Horton  England 11,343

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