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.

Schedule[edit]

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
10–13 Apr Masters Tournament* United States Spain Seve Ballesteros (11)
17–20 Apr Italian Open Italy Italy Massimo Mannelli (1)
24–27 Apr Madrid Open Spain Spain Seve Ballesteros (12)
1–4 May Benson and Hedges Spanish Open Spain Northern Ireland Eddie Polland (4)
8–11 May Paco Rabanne Open de France France Australia Greg Norman (3)
15–18 May Martini International England Spain Seve Ballesteros (13)
23–26 May Sun Alliance PGA Championship England England Nick Faldo (3)
29 May – 1 Jun Avis Jersey Open Jersey Spain José Maria Cañizares (1)
5–8 Jun Newcastle Brown "900" Open England Republic of Ireland Des Smyth (2) New tournament
12–15 Jun U.S. Open* United States United States Jack Nicklaus (n/a)
19–22 Jun Cold Shield Greater Manchester Open England Republic of Ireland Des Smyth (3)
26–29 Jun Coral Welsh Classic Wales Scotland Sandy Lyle (4)
3–6 Jul Scandinavian Enterprise Open Sweden Australia Greg Norman (4)
9–12 Jul Mazda Cars English Classic England Spain Manuel Piñero (4)
17–20 Jul The Open Championship Scotland United States Tom Watson (n/a)
24–27 Jul Dutch Open Netherlands Spain Seve Ballesteros (14)
7–10 Aug PGA Championship* United States United States Jack Nicklaus (n/a)
7–10 Aug Benson and Hedges International Open England Australia Graham Marsh (7)
14–17 Aug Carroll's Irish Open Republic of Ireland England Mark James (4)
21–24 Aug Braun German Open West Germany Zimbabwe Mark McNulty (2)
28–31 Aug Swiss Open Switzerland Zimbabwe Nick Price (1)
4–7 Sep European Open England United States Tom Kite (n/a)
11–13 Sep Merseyside International Open England England Ian Mosey (1) New tournament
18–21 Sep Haig Whisky TPC England Scotland Bernard Gallacher (6)
25–28 Sep Bob Hope British Classic England Spain José Maria Cañizares (2) New tournament
1–4 Oct Dunlop Masters Wales West Germany Bernhard Langer (1)
9–12 Oct Suntory World Match Play England Australia Greg Norman (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.

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]

References[edit]

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

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