1978 European Tour

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The 1978 European Tour was the seventh 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.


The table below shows the 1978 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, Wales and Scotland. There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the Belgian Open, the B.A./Avis Open in Jersey, and the European Open, and the loss of the Kerrygold International, the Uniroyal International Championship, the Callers of Newcastle, the Skol Lager Individual and the Lancome Trophy.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner Notes
6–9 Apr Masters Tournament* United States South Africa Gary Player (n/a)
12–15 Apr Portuguese Open Portugal England Howard Clark (1)
19–22 Apr Spanish Open Spain Scotland Brian Barnes (5)
26–29 Apr Madrid Open Spain England Howard Clark (2)
4–7 May Italian Open Italy South Africa Dale Hayes (2)
12–15 May French Open France South Africa Dale Hayes (3)
18–21 May Martini International England Spain Seve Ballesteros (5)
26–29 May Colgate PGA Championship England England Nick Faldo (2)
1–4 Jun B.A./Avis Open Jersey Wales Brian Huggett (2) New tournament
8–11 Jun Belgian Open Belgium Australia Noel Ratcliffe (1) New tournament
15–18 Jun U.S. Open* United States United States Andy North (n/a)
15–18 Jun Greater Manchester Open England Scotland Brian Barnes (6)
28 Jun–1 Jul Sun Alliance Match Play Championship Scotland England Mark James (1)
12–15 Jul The Open Championship Scotland United States Jack Nicklaus (n/a)
21–23 Jul Dutch Open Netherlands United States Bob Byman (3)
24–27 Jul Carroll's Irish Open Republic of Ireland Scotland Ken Brown (1)
27–30 Jul Braun German Open West Germany Spain Seve Ballesteros (6)
3–6 Aug PGA Championship* United States United States John Mahaffey (n/a)
3–6 Aug Scandinavian Enterprise Open Sweden Spain Seve Ballesteros (7)
9–12 Aug Benson and Hedges International Open England United States Lee Trevino (n/a)
31 Aug–3 Sept Swiss Open Switzerland Spain Seve Ballesteros (8)
14–17 Sept Tournament Players Championship England England Brian Waites (1)
4–7 Oct Dunlop Masters Wales England Tommy Horton (4)
19–22 Oct European Open England United States Bobby Wadkins (n/a) New tournament

*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 54,348
2 Dale Hayes  South Africa 43,891
3 Nick Faldo  England 37,912
4 Ken Brown  Scotland 29,843
5 Howard Clark  England 32,739
6 Neil Coles  England 30,348
7 Mark James  England 27,861
8 Brian Barnes  Scotland 23,386
9 Bernard Gallacher  Scotland 21,812
10 Tommy Horton  England 18,007

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