1975 European Tour

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The 1975 European Tour was the fourth 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 South Africa's Dale Hayes.


The table below shows the 1975 European Tour schedule which was made up of 19 tournaments, which included the major national opens around Europe. The other tournaments were mostly held in England and Scotland. There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the Carroll's Irish Open, replacing the Carroll's International, and the Kerrygold International Classic, and the loss of the Penfold Tournament, the W.D. & H.O. Wills Tournament and the El Paraiso Open.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner Notes
8–11 Apr Portuguese Open Portugal United States Hal Underwood (1)
10–13 Apr Masters Tournament* United States United States Jack Nicklaus (n/a)
16–19 Apr Spanish Open Spain United States Arnold Palmer (n/a)
23–26 Apr Madrid Open Spain Australia Bob Shearer (1)
1–4 May French Open France Scotland Brian Barnes (3)
7–10 May Piccadilly Medal England Australia Bob Shearer (2)
23–26 May Penfold PGA Championship England United States Arnold Palmer (n/a)
11–14 Jun Martini International England Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Jnr (1)
Australia Ian Stanley (1)
19–22 Jun U.S. Open* United States United States Lou Graham (n/a)
9–12 Jul The Open Championship Scotland United States Tom Watson (n/a)
17–20 Jul Swiss Open Switzerland South Africa Dale Hayes (1)
24–27 Jul Scandinavian Enterprise Open Sweden United States George Burns (1)
31 Jul – 3 Aug German Open West Germany England Maurice Bembridge (5)
7–10 Aug PGA Championship* United States United States Jack Nicklaus (n/a)
7–10 Aug Dutch Open Netherlands South Africa Hugh Baiocchi (2)
13–16 Aug Benson & Hedges Festival England Argentina Vicente Fernández (1)
28–31 Aug Carroll's Irish Open Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Jnr (2) New tournament
3–6 Sep Sun Alliance Match Play Championship England Northern Ireland Eddie Polland (2)
11–14 Sep Kerrygold International Classic Republic of Ireland United States George Burns (2) New tournament
23–24 Sep Double Diamond Strokeplay Scotland England Peter Dawson (1)
1–4 Oct Dunlop Masters England Scotland Bernard Gallacher (3)
9–11 Oct Piccadilly World Match Play England United States Hale Irwin (n/a) Unofficial event
16–19 Oct Italian Open Italy United States Billy Casper (n/a)

*The three majors played in the United States were not official money events, but wins in them were retroactively made official.

Order of Merit

The PGA European Tour's money list was known as the "Order of Merit". 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 Dale Hayes  South Africa 20,508
2 Bob Shearer  Australia 16,040
3 Eamonn Darcy  Ireland 14,846
4 Brian Barnes  Scotland 13,492
5 Bernard Gallacher  Scotland 12,040
6 Hugh Baiocchi  South Africa 9,631
7 Christy O'Connor Jnr  Ireland 11,979
8 Jack Newton  Australia 16,394
9 Vicente Fernández  Argentina 10,109
10 Neil Coles  England 11,770

See also

External links

  • 1975 season results on the PGA European Tour website
  • 1975 Order of Merit on the PGA European Tour website
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