1986 European Tour

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The 1986 European Tour was the 15th official season of golf tournaments known as the PGA European Tour.

The Order of Merit was won by Spain's Seve Ballesteros, who won six tournaments during the season.


The table below shows the 1986 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 Epson Grand Prix of Europe and the PLM Open, the return of the Scottish Open, and the loss of the Tunisian Open, the Glasgow Open and the GSI L'Equipe Open.

The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names show the number of career wins they had on the European Tour up to and including that event. This is only shown for members of the European Tour.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner Notes
10–13 Apr Masters Tournament United States United States Jack Nicklaus (n/a) Unofficial money
17–20 Apr Suze Open France South Africa John Bland (2)
24–27 Apr Cepsa Madrid Open Spain England Howard Clark (7)
1–4 May Italian Open Italy Northern Ireland David Feherty (1)
9–11 May Epson Grand Prix of Europe Match Play Championship Wales Sweden Ove Sellberg (1) New tournament
16–18 May Peugeot Spanish Open Spain England Howard Clark (8)
23–26 May Whyte & Mackay PGA Championship England Australia Rodger Davis (2)
29 May–1 Jun London Standard Four Stars National Pro-Celebrity England Spain Antonio Garrido (5)
5–8 Jun Dunhill British Masters England Spain Seve Ballesteros (28)
12–15 Jun U.S. Open United States United States Raymond Floyd (n/a) Unofficial money
12–15 Jun Jersey Open Jersey England John Morgan (1)
19–22 Jun Carroll's Irish Open Republic of Ireland Spain Seve Ballesteros (29)
25–28 Jun Johnnie Walker Monte Carlo Open Monaco Spain Seve Ballesteros (30)
3–7 Jul Peugeot Open de France France Spain Seve Ballesteros (31)
9–12 July Car Care Plan International England Wales Mark Mouland (1)
17–20 Jul The Open Championship Scotland Australia Greg Norman (10)
24–27 Jul KLM Dutch Open Netherlands Spain Seve Ballesteros (32)
31 Jul–3 Aug Scandinavian Enterprise Open Sweden New Zealand Greg Turner (1)
7–10 Aug U.S. PGA Championship United States United States Bob Tway (n/a) Unofficial money
7–10 Aug PLM Open Sweden Australia Peter Senior (1) New tournament
14–17 Aug Benson and Hedges International Open England England Mark James (8)
21–24 Aug Bell's Scottish Open England Northern Ireland David Feherty (2)
28–31 Aug German Open West Germany West Germany Bernhard Langer (15)
4–7 Sept Ebel European Masters Swiss Open Switzerland Spain José María Olazábal (1)
11–14 Sept Panasonic European Open England Australia Greg Norman (11)
18–21 Sept Lawrence Batley International T.P.C. England Wales Ian Woosnam (4)
2–5 Oct Suntory World Match Play England Australia Greg Norman (n/a) Unofficial money
9–12 Oct Sanyo Open Spain Spain José María Olazábal (2)
16–19 Oct Lancome Trophy France Spain Seve Ballesteros (33)
West Germany Bernhard Langer (16)
23–26 Nov Portuguese Open Portugal Zimbabwe Mark McNulty (3)

Order of Merit[edit]

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. In 1986 the minimum number of tournaments needed to qualify for the Order of Merit was increased from seven to nine.[1]

Position Player Country Prize money (£)
1 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 242,209
2 José María Olazábal  Spain 136,775
3 Howard Clark  England 121,903
4 Ian Woosnam  Wales 111,799
5 Gordon J. Brand  England 106,314
6 Mark McNulty  Zimbabwe 101,327
7 Rodger Davis  Australia 95,429
8 Anders Forsbrand  Sweden 84,706
9 Ronan Rafferty  Northern Ireland 80,336
10 Gordon Brand, Jnr  Scotland 78,639

See also[edit]


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

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