1985 European Tour
The 1985 European Tour was the 14th official season of golf tournaments known as the PGA European Tour. For the first time tournaments did not have their own pre-qualifying rounds as the tour became "All-Exempt".
The Order of Merit was won by Scotland's Sandy Lyle, who won twice during the season including his first major, The Open Championship. Spain's Seve Ballesteros finished third on the money list despite recording five tournament wins, including the French and Spanish Opens.
The table below shows the 1985 European Tour schedule which was made up of 27 tournaments, which included the major national opens around Europe. There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the GSI L'Equipe Open, the return of the British Masters and the Bob Hope Classic, rebranded as the Four Stars National Pro-Celebrity, and the loss of the Tournament Players Championship, the Timex Open and the Celtic International.
Order of Merit
The PGA European Tour's money list was known as the "Order of Merit". It was based on prize money earned during the season and calculated in Pound sterling.
|Position||Player||Country||Prize money (£)|
|2||Bernhard Langer||West Germany||115,716|
|8||José Maria Cañizares||Spain||65,633|
|9||Gordon Brand, Jnr||Scotland||65,571|