1980 European Tour

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The 1980 European Tour was the ninth 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 1980 European Tour schedule which was made up of 23 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 Newcastle Brown "900" Open, the Merseyside International Open and the Bob Hope British Classic, and the loss of the British PGA Matchplay Championship, the Portuguese Open, the Belgian Open and the Lancome Trophy.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner Notes
17–20 Apr Italian Open Italy Italy Massimo Mannelli
24–27 Apr Madrid Open Spain Spain Seve Ballesteros
1–4 May Benson and Hedges Spanish Open Spain Northern Ireland Eddie Polland
8–11 May Paco Rabanne Open de France France Australia Greg Norman
15–18 May Martini International England Spain Seve Ballesteros
23–26 May Sun Alliance PGA Championship England England Nick Faldo
29 May–1 Jun Avis Jersey Open Jersey Spain José Maria Cañizares
5–8 Jun Newcastle Brown "900" Open England Republic of Ireland Des Smyth New tournament
19–22 Jun Cold Shield Greater Manchester Open England Republic of Ireland Des Smyth
26–29 Jun Coral Welsh Classic Wales Scotland Sandy Lyle
3–6 Jul Scandinavian Enterprise Open Sweden Australia Greg Norman
9–12 Jul Mazda Cars English Classic England Spain Manuel Piñero
17–20 Jul The Open Championship Scotland United States Tom Watson
24–27 Jul Dutch Open Netherlands Spain Seve Ballesteros
7–10 Aug Benson and Hedges International Open England Australia Graham Marsh
14–17 Aug Carroll's Irish Open Republic of Ireland England Mark James
21–24 Aug Braun German Open West Germany Zimbabwe Mark McNulty
28–31 Aug Swiss Open Switzerland Zimbabwe Nick Price
4–7 Sept European Open England United States Tom Kite
11–13 Sept Merseyside International Open England England Ian Mosey New tournament
20–23 Sept Haig Whisky TPC England Scotland Bernard Gallacher
25–28 Sept Bob Hope British Classic England Spain José Maria Cañizares New tournament
1–4 Oct Dunlop Masters Wales West Germany Bernhard Langer

Official Money List[edit]

In 1980, the PGA European Tour's money list was retitled as the "Official Money List" having previously been known as the "Order of Merit".[1] 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 66,060
2 Greg Norman  Australia 74,829
3 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 52,090
4 Nick Faldo  England 46,054
5 Brian Barnes  Scotland 38,598
6 Mark James  England 33,907
7 José Maria Cañizares  Spain 35,534
8 Ken Brown  Scotland 33,220
9 Bernhard Langer  West Germany 32,395
10 Des Smyth  Ireland 31,521

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tour History". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 

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