1985 European Tour

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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".[1]

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.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner Notes
11–14 Apr Masters Tournament* United States West Germany Bernhard Langer (12) Unofficial event
18–21 Apr Tunisian Open Tunisia England Stephen Bennett (1)
25–28 Apr Cepsa Madrid Open Spain Spain Manuel Piñero (8)
2–5 May Italian Open Italy Spain Manuel Piñero (9)
9–12 May Car Care Plan International England England David J Russell (1)
16–19 May GSI L'Equipe Open France England Mark James (7) New tournament
24–27 May Whyte & Mackay PGA Championship England England Paul Way (2)
30 May – 2 Jun Four Stars National Pro-Celebrity England Scotland Ken Brown (4)
7–10 Jun Dunhill British Masters England United States Lee Trevino (2)
13–16 Jun U.S. Open* United States United States Andy North (n/a) Unofficial event
13–16 Jun Jersey Open Jersey England Howard Clark (5)
20–23 Jun Carroll's Irish Open Republic of Ireland Spain Seve Ballesteros (24)
28–30 Jun Johnnie Walker Monte Carlo Open Monaco Scotland Sam Torrance (11)
4–7 Jul Peugeot Open de France France Spain Seve Ballesteros (25)
11–13 Jul Lawrence Batley International Golf Classic England Australia Graham Marsh (9)
18–21 Jul The Open Championship England Scotland Sandy Lyle (11)
25–28 Jul KLM Dutch Open Netherlands Australia Graham Marsh (10)
1–4 Aug Scandinavian Enterprise Open Sweden Australia Ian Baker-Finch (1)
8–11 Aug PGA Championship* United States United States Hubert Green (n/a) Unofficial event
8–11 Aug Glasgow Open Scotland England Howard Clark (6)
15–18 Aug Benson and Hedges International Open England Scotland Sandy Lyle (12)
22–25 Aug Lufthansa German Open West Germany West Germany Bernhard Langer (13)
29 Aug – 1 Sep Panasonic European Open England West Germany Bernhard Langer (14)
5–8 Sep Ebel European Masters Swiss Open Switzerland United States Craig Stadler (1)
19–22 Sep Sanyo Open Spain Spain Seve Ballesteros (26)
26–29 Sep Suntory World Match Play England Spain Seve Ballesteros (n/a) Unofficial event
3–6 Oct Lancome Trophy France Zimbabwe Nick Price (2)
10–13 Oct Compagnie de Chauffe Cannes Open France England Robert Lee (1)
24–27 Oct Benson and Hedges Spanish Open Spain Spain Seve Ballesteros (27)
30 Oct – 2 Nov Portuguese Open Portugal England Warren Humphreys (1)

*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 prize money earned during the season and calculated in Pound sterling.

Position Player Country Prize money (£)
1 Sandy Lyle  Scotland 162,553
2 Bernhard Langer  West Germany 115,716
3 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 103,042
4 Ian Woosnam  Wales 82,235
5 Sam Torrance  Scotland 79,567
6 Howard Clark  England 79,386
7 Manuel Piñero  Spain 71,116
8 José Maria Cañizares  Spain 65,633
9 Gordon Brand, Jnr  Scotland 65,571
10 Paul Way  England 63,097

See also


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

External links

  • 1985 season results on the PGA European Tour website
  • 1985 Order of Merit on the PGA European Tour website
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