1988 European Tour

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The 1988 European Tour was the 17th official season of golf tournaments known as the PGA European Tour. It marked the beginning of a long association for the tour with Swedish car maker Volvo, who became the tour's first official title sponsor.[1]

The Order of Merit was won by Spain's Seve Ballesteros.


The table below shows the 1988 European Tour schedule which was made up of 31 tournaments, which included the major national opens around Europe. There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the Open de Baleares, the Barcelona Open, the Biarritz Open, the English Open and the Volvo Masters, and the loss of the Moroccan Open and the Lawrence Batley International.

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 Mar Mallorca Open de Baleares Spain Spain Seve Ballesteros (35) New tournament
17–20 Mar Torras Hostench Barcelona Open Spain England David Whelan (1) New tournament
31 Mar – 3 Apr AGF Biarritz Open France Wales David Llewellyn (1) New tournament
7–10 Apr Masters Tournament United States Scotland Sandy Lyle (14) Unofficial money
14–17 Apr Cannes Open France Zimbabwe Mark McNulty (7)
21–24 Apr Cepsa Madrid Open Spain England Derrick Cooper (1)
28 Apr – 1 May Portuguese Open Portugal Australia Mike Harwood (1)
5–8 May Epson Grand Prix of Europe Wales West Germany Bernhard Langer (19)
12–15 May Peugeot Spanish Open Spain England Mark James (9)
19–22 May Lancia Italian Open Italy Australia Greg Norman (12)
27–30 May Volvo PGA Championship England Wales Ian Woosnam (9)
2–5 Jun Dunhill British Masters England Scotland Sandy Lyle (15)
9–12 Jun Wang Four Stars National Pro-Celebrity England Australia Rodger Davis (3)
16–19 Jun U.S. Open United States United States Curtis Strange (n/a) Unofficial money
16–19 Jun Volvo Belgian Open Belgium Spain José María Olazábal (3)
23–26 Jun Peugeot Open de France France England Nick Faldo (14)
29 Jun – 2 Jul Monte Carlo Open Monaco Spain José Rivero (3)
6–9 Jul Bell's Scottish Open Scotland England Barry Lane (1)
14–17 Jul The Open Championship England Spain Seve Ballesteros (36)
21–24 Jul KLM Dutch Open Netherlands Wales Mark Mouland (2)
28–31 Jul Scandinavian Enterprise Open Sweden Spain Seve Ballesteros (37)
4–7 Aug Benson and Hedges International Open England England Peter Baker (1)
11–14 Aug PGA Championship United States United States Jeff Sluman (n/a) Unofficial money
11–14 Aug PLM Open Sweden New Zealand Frank Nobilo (1)
18–21 Aug Carroll's Irish Open Republic of Ireland Wales Ian Woosnam (10)
25–28 Aug German Open West Germany Spain Seve Ballesteros (38)
1–4 Sep Ebel European Masters Swiss Open Switzerland England Chris Moody (1)
8–11 Sep Panasonic European Open England Wales Ian Woosnam (11)
15–18 Sep Lancome Trophy France Spain Seve Ballesteros (39)
22–25 Sep German Masters West Germany Spain José María Olazábal (4)
29 Sep – 2 Oct English Open England England Howard Clark (11) New tournament
6–10 Oct Suntory World Match Play England Scotland Sandy Lyle (n/a) Unofficial money
20–23 Oct BNP Jersey Open Jersey Republic of Ireland Des Smyth (6)
27–30 Oct Volvo Masters Spain England Nick Faldo (15) New tournament

Order of Merit[edit]

The PGA European Tour's money list was known as the "Volvo Order of Merit". It was based on prize money earned during the season and calculated in Pound sterling.[1]

Position Player Country Prize money (£)
1 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 451,560
2 Nick Faldo  England 347,971
3 José María Olazábal  Spain 285,964
4 Ian Woosnam  Wales 234,991
5 Sandy Lyle  Scotland 186,018
6 Mark McNulty  Zimbabwe 180,992
7 Des Smyth  Ireland 171,951
8 Mark James  England 152,900
9 Ronan Rafferty  Northern Ireland 132,395
10 José Rivero  Spain 131,079

See also[edit]


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

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