1996 European Tour

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The 1996 European Tour was the 25th official season of golf tournaments known as the PGA European Tour.[1]

The Order of Merit was won by Scotland's Colin Montgomerie.


The table below shows the 1996 European Tour schedule which was made up of 38 tournaments, which included the major national opens around Europe. There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the Heineken Classic, the Dimension Data Pro-Am, the FNB Players Championship, the Slaley Hall Northumberland Challenge, the Loch Lomond World Invitational and the Oki Pro-Am, and the loss of the Turespana Open De Canaria, the Open Mediterrania, the Open de Baleares and the Jersey 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
25–28 Jan Johnnie Walker Classic Singapore Wales Ian Woosnam (25)
1–4 Feb Heineken Classic Australia Wales Ian Woosnam (26) New Tournament
8–11 Feb Dimension Data Pro-Am South Africa Zimbabwe Mark McNulty (13) New Tournament
15–18 Feb Alfred Dunhill South African PGA Championship South Africa Germany Sven Strüver (1)
22–25 Feb FNB Players Championship South Africa South Africa Wayne Westner (2) New Tournament
29 Feb – 3 Mar Catalan Open Spain Scotland Paul Lawrie (1)
7–10 Mar Moroccan Open Morocco Sweden Peter Hedblom (1)
14–17 Mar Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates Scotland Colin Montgomerie (10)
21–24 Mar Portuguese Open Portugal Australia Wayne Riley (2)
28–31 Mar Madeira Island Open Portugal Sweden Jarmo Sandelin (2)
11–14 Apr Masters Tournament United States England Nick Faldo (30) Unofficial money
18–21 Apr Air France Cannes Open France Scotland Raymond Russell (1)
25–28 Apr Turespana Masters Spain Spain Diego Borrego (1)
2–5 May Conte of Florence Italian Open Italy England Jim Payne (2)
9–12 May Peugeot Spanish Open Spain Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington (1)
16–19 May Benson and Hedges International Open England Trinidad and Tobago Stephen Ames (2)
24–27 May Volvo PGA Championship England Italy Costantino Rocca (3)
30 May – 2 Jun Deutsche Bank Open TPC of Europe Germany New Zealand Frank Nobilo (5)
6–9 Jun Alamo English Open England Australia Robert Allenby (2)
13–16 Jun U.S. Open United States United States Steve Jones (n/a) Unofficial money
13–16 Jun Slaley Hall Northumberland Challenge England South Africa Retief Goosen (1) New tournament
20–23 Jun BMW International Open Germany France Marc Farry (1)
27–30 Jun Peugeot Open de France France Australia Robert Allenby (3)
4–7 Jul Murphy's Irish Open Republic of Ireland Scotland Colin Montgomerie (11)
10–13 Jul Scottish Open Scotland Wales Ian Woosnam (27)
18–21 Jul The Open Championship England United States Tom Lehman (n/a)
25–28 Jul Sun Microsystems Dutch Open Netherlands Zimbabwe Mark McNulty (14)
1–4 Aug Volvo Scandinavian Masters Sweden England Lee Westwood (1)
8–11 Aug PGA Championship United States United States Mark Brooks (n/a) Unofficial money
8–11 Aug Hohe Brucke Open Austria Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley (1)
15–18 Aug Chemapol Trophy Czech Open Czech Republic England Jonathan Lomas (1)
22–25 Aug Volvo German Open Germany Wales Ian Woosnam (28)
28–31 Aug One 2 One British Masters England Australia Robert Allenby (4)
5–8 Sep Canon European Masters Switzerland Scotland Colin Montgomerie (12)
12–15 Sep Trophée Lancôme France Sweden Jesper Parnevik (3)
19–22 Sep Loch Lomond World Invitational Scotland Denmark Thomas Bjørn (1) New tournament
26–29 Sep Smurfit European Open Republic of Ireland Sweden Per-Ulrik Johansson (3)
3–6 Oct Linde German Masters Germany Northern Ireland Darren Clarke (2)
10–13 Oct Oki Pro-Am Spain United States Tom Kite (n/a) New tournament
17–20 Oct Toyota World Match Play Championship England South Africa Ernie Els (n/a) Unofficial money
24–27 Oct Volvo Masters Spain Zimbabwe Mark McNulty (15)

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] but is now converted to Euro.

Position Player Country Prize money ()
1 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 1,225,205
2 Ian Woosnam  Wales 910,594
3 Robert Allenby  Australia 745,001
4 Costantino Rocca  Italy 675,619
5 Mark McNulty  Ireland 649,386
6 Lee Westwood  England 600,171
7 Andrew Coltart  Scotland 484,311
8 Darren Clarke  Northern Ireland 461,714
9 Paul Broadhurst  England 420,510
10 Thomas Bjørn  Denmark 409,470

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Tour History". PGA European Tour. Archived from the original on 4 April 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 

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