1979 European Tour

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The 1979 European Tour was the eighth 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 Scotland's Sandy Lyle.


The table below shows the 1979 European Tour schedule which was made up of 24 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 Welsh Golf Classic and Lada English Golf Classic, and the return of the Lancome Trophy.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner Notes
12–15 Apr Masters Tournament* United States United States Fuzzy Zoeller (n/a)
12–15 Apr Portuguese Open Portugal Scotland Brian Barnes (7)
19–22 Apr Spanish Open Spain South Africa Dale Hayes (4)
26–29 Apr Madrid Open Spain South Africa Simon Hobday (2)
3–6 May Italian Open Italy Scotland Brian Barnes (8)
10–13 May French Open France Scotland Bernard Gallacher (5)
17–20 May Colgate PGA Championship England Argentina Vicente Fernández (2)
25–28 May Martini International England Australia Greg Norman (2)
31 May – 3 Jun B.A./Avis Open Jersey Scotland Sandy Lyle (1)
7–10 Jun Belgian Open Belgium South Africa Gavan Levenson (1)
14–17 Jun U.S. Open* United States United States Hale Irwin (n/a)
14–17 Jun Welsh Golf Classic Wales England Mark James (2) New tournament
21–24 Jun Greater Manchester Open England Zimbabwe Rhodesia Mark McNulty (1)
28 Jun – 1 Jul Lada English Golf Classic England Spain Seve Ballesteros (9) New tournament
5–8 Jul Scandinavian Enterprise Open Sweden Scotland Sandy Lyle (2)
18–21 Jul The Open Championship Scotland Spain Seve Ballesteros (10)
26–29 Jul Dutch Open Netherlands Australia Graham Marsh (5)
2–5 Aug PGA Championship* United States Australia David Graham (n/a)
2–5 Aug Sun Alliance Match Play Championship Scotland Republic of Ireland Des Smyth (1)
9–12 Aug Benson and Hedges International Open England England Maurice Bembridge (6)
16–19 Aug Braun German Open West Germany England Tony Jacklin (6)
23–26 Aug Carroll's Irish Open Republic of Ireland England Mark James (3)
30 Aug – 2 Sep Swiss Open Switzerland South Africa Hugh Baiocchi (5)
6–9 Sep European Open England Scotland Sandy Lyle (3)
20–23 Sep SOS Talisman TPC England England Michael King (1)
3–6 Oct Dunlop Masters Wales Australia Graham Marsh (6)
11–14 Oct Suntory World Match Play England United States Bill Rogers (n/a) Unofficial event
25–28 Oct Lancome Trophy France United States Johnny Miller (n/a) Unofficial event

*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 Sandy Lyle  Scotland 49,233
2 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 47,411
3 Mark James  England 38,534
4 Dale Hayes  South Africa 32,540
5 Michael King  England 29,725
6 Brian Barnes  Scotland 28,204
7 Ken Brown  Scotland 25,407
8 Antonio Garrido  Spain 24,665
9 Tony Jacklin  England 22,179
10 Neil Coles  England 21,351

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