1976 European Tour

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The 1976 European Tour was the fifth 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 Spain's Seve Ballesteros.

Schedule[edit]

The table below shows the 1976 European Tour schedule which was made up of 22 tournaments, which included the major national opens around Europe. The other tournaments were mostly held in England and Scotland. There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the Greater Manchester Open, the Uniroyal International and the Lancome Trophy, and the Benson & Hedges Festival being retitled as the Benson and Hedges International Open.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner Notes
8–11 Apr Masters Tournament* United States United States Raymond Floyd (n/a)
14–17 Apr Portuguese Open Portugal Spain Salvador Balbuena (1)
21–24 Apr Spanish Open Spain Northern Ireland Eddie Polland (3)
28 Apr–1 May Madrid Open Spain Spain Francisco Abreu (2)
6–9 May French Open France South Africa Vincent Tshabalala (1)
12 15 May Piccadilly Medal England Scotland Sam Torrance (1)
28–31 May Penfold PGA Championship England England Neil Coles (5)
4–7 Jun Kerrygold International Classic Republic of Ireland England Tony Jacklin (5)
9–12 Jun Martini International England Scotland Sam Torrance (2)
17–20 Jun U.S. Open* United States United States Jerry Pate (n/a)
17–20 Jun Greater Manchester Open England Republic of Ireland John O'Leary (1) New tournament
23–26 Jun Uniroyal International England England Tommy Horton (3) New tournament
7–10 Jul The Open Championship Scotland United States Johnny Miller (n/a)
15–18 Jul Scandinavian Enterprise Open Sweden South Africa Hugh Baiocchi (3)
22–25 Jul Swiss Open Switzerland Spain Manuel Piñero (2)
5–8 Aug Dutch Open Netherlands Spain Seve Ballesteros (1)
12–15 Aug PGA Championship* United States United States Dave Stockton (n/a)
12–15 Aug German Open West Germany South Africa Simon Hobday (1)
17–18 Aug Double Diamond Individual Championship Scotland New Zealand Simon Owen (2)
26–29 Aug Carroll's Irish Open Republic of Ireland United States Ben Crenshaw (n/a)
2–5 Sept Sun Alliance Match Play Championship England Scotland Brian Barnes (4)
22–25 Sept Benson and Hedges International Open England Australia Graham Marsh (4)
29 Sept–2 Oct Dunlop Masters Wales Italy Baldovino Dassù (1)
14–17 Oct Lancome Trophy France Spain Seve Ballesteros (n/a) New tournament
Unofficial money
21–24 Oct Italian Open Italy Italy Baldovino Dassù (2)

*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 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 39,504
2 Eamonn Darcy  Ireland 25,027
3 Sam Torrance  Scotland 20,917
4 Manuel Piñero  Spain 19,946
5 Tommy Horton  England 22,781
6 Neil Coles  England 20,543
7 Martin Foster  England 17,436
8 Brian Barnes  Scotland 23,350
9 Baldovino Dassù  Italy 13,405
10 Simon Hobday  South Africa 15,196

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