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The PGA European Tour is an organisation which operates the three leading men's professional golf tours in Europe: the elite European Tour, the European Senior Tour and the developmental Challenge Tour. Its headquarters are at Wentworth Club
Wentworth Club
in Virginia Water, Surrey, England. The European Tour is the primary golf tour in Europe. The European Tour was established by the British-based Professional Golfers' Association, and responsibility was transferred to an independent PGA European Tour organisation in 1984.[1] Most events on the PGA European Tour's three tours are held in Europe, but in recent years an increasing number have been held in other parts of the world outside Europe; in 2015 a majority of the ranking events on the European Tour were held outside Europe, though this included both Majors and World Golf
Golf
Championship events that are ranking events for multiple tours. The PGA European Tour is a golfer-controlled organisation whose primary purpose is to maximise the income of tournament golfers. It is a company limited by guarantee and is run by a professional staff but controlled by its playing members via a board of directors composed of 12 elected past and present tour players and a tournament committee of 14 current players. The chairman of the board is David Williams who replaced Neil Coles who had held the post for 38 years.[2] The chairman of the tournament committee is Thomas Bjørn. The European-based events on the European Tour are nearly all played in Western Europe
Europe
and the most lucrative of them take place in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France
France
and Spain. The PGA European Tour is the lead partner in Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
Europe, a joint venture also including the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland and PGA of Europe
Europe
that operates the Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
Matches in cooperation with the PGA of America. The PGA European Tour has a 60% interest in Ryder Cup Europe, with each of its junior partners holding 20%.[3]

Contents

1 History 2 Status and prize money 3 The structure of the European Tour season

3.1 Outline of the season 3.2 Rolex Series 3.3 Race to Dubai 3.4 Final Series individual tournament winners 3.5 Current season

4 Order of Merit winners 5 Leading career money winners 6 Golfers and rookies of the year

6.1 Multiple winners – Golfer of the Year

7 Television 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

History[edit] Professional golf began in Europe, specifically in Scotland. The first professionals were clubmakers and greenkeepers who also taught golf to the wealthy men who could afford to play the game (early handmade equipment was expensive) and played "challenge matches" against one another for purses put up by wealthy backers. The first multi-competitor stroke play tournament was The Open Championship, which was introduced in 1860. That year it was for professionals only, and it attracted a field of eight. The following year, amateurs were permitted to enter. In contrast to many other sports which originated in the United Kingdom, the amateur-professional divide never created major problems in golf, at least at the elite competitive level. Over the few decades following the creation of The Open Championship, the number of golf tournaments with prize money increased slowly but steadily. Most were in the United Kingdom, but there were also several "national opens" in various countries of Continental Europe. However, for many decades it remained difficult if not impossible for golfers to earn a living from prize money alone. From 1901 the British professionals were represented by The Professional Golfers' Association, and it was this body that ultimately created the European Tour. By the post- World War II
World War II
period prize money was becoming more significant, encouraged by the introduction of television coverage. However, each event was still organised separately by a golf club or association, or a commercial promoter. In the U.S. a formal PGA Tour had existed since the 1930s, and in 1972 The Professional Golfers' Association introduced the PGA European Tour. In its early years the season ran for six months from April to October, and was based entirely in Europe, mainly in Great Britain and Ireland. For example, the 1972 season consisted of 20 tournaments, of which 12 were in the United Kingdom and one was in Ireland. Of the seven events in Continental Europe, six were "national opens", namely the Dutch, German, Italian, French, Spanish and Swiss Opens, with the seventh being the Madrid Open. Over the next three decades the tour gradually lengthened and globalised. The first event held outside Europe
Europe
was the 1982 Tunisian Open.[1] That year, there were 27 tournaments and the season stretched into November for the first time. In 1984, the PGA European Tour became independent of The Professional Golfers' Association. The European Tour has always been sensitive to the risk that its best players will leave to play on the PGA Tour
PGA Tour
for many reasons. The PGA Tour usually offers higher purses and European players want to increase their chances of glory in the three majors played in the U.S. by playing on more U.S.-style courses to acclimate themselves. In an attempt to counter this phenomenon, the European Tour introduced the "Volvo Bonus Pool" in 1988. This was extra prize money which was distributed at the end of the season to the most successful players of the year—but only golfers who had played in a high number of the European Tour's events could receive a share. This system continued until 1998, after which renewed emphasis was placed on maximising prize money in individual tournaments. In 1989, the tour visited Asia
Asia
for the first time for the Dubai Desert Classic. By 1990, there were 38 events on the schedule, including 37 in Europe, and the start of the season had moved up to February. A first visit to East Asia
Asia
for the Tour occurred at the 1992 Johnnie Walker Classic in Bangkok. This has since proven to be one of the most notable initiatives in the history of the tour, as East Asia
Asia
is becoming almost its second home. Shortly afterwards the tour also made its debut in the former Soviet Bloc
Soviet Bloc
at the 1994 Czech Open, but much less has come of this development as participation in golf in the former Soviet region remains low and sponsors there are unable to compete financially with their Western European rivals for the limited number of slots available on the main tour each summer. However, the second-tier Challenge Tour has visited Central and Eastern Europe somewhat more frequently. In 1995, the European Tour began a policy of co-sanctioning tournaments with other PGA Tours, by endorsing the South African PGA Championship on the Southern African Tour (now the Sunshine Tour). This policy was extended to the PGA Tour
PGA Tour
of Australasia in 1996, and most extensively to the Asian Tour. There is no overall governing body in the worldwide sport of golf. While the golf authorities in the various parts of the world cooperate harmoniously overall, there is still some rivalry. The European Tour is very self-conscious about its position relative to the PGA Tour, but the two have also steadily formed a partnership. In 1998, the European Tour added the three U.S. majors — the Masters Tournament, the PGA Championship
PGA Championship
and the U.S. Open — to its official schedule. The leading Europeans had all been competing in them for many years, but now their prize money counted towards the European Tour Order of Merit, which sometimes made a great deal of difference to the end-of-season rankings. The following year three of the current four individual World Golf
Golf
Championships, also usually played in America, and also offering far more prize money than most European events, were established and added to the European Tour schedule. Since the minimum number of events that a player must play to retain membership of the European Tour was long eleven, this meant that international players could become members of the tour by playing just four events on it apart from the majors and the World Golf Championships, which all elite players enter in any case. Players such as Ernie Els
Ernie Els
and Retief Goosen
Retief Goosen
have taken advantage of this to play the PGA and European Tours concurrently. For the 2009 season, the minimum number of events required for members was increased to twelve;[4] this coincided with the elevation of the HSBC Champions, previously a European Tour event co-sanctioned by three other tours, to World Golf
Golf
Championships status. The minimum increased to 13 in 2011, but beginning in 2013 team events such as the Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
and Presidents Cup
Presidents Cup
were allowed to count towards the minimum.[5] In 2016 the 13-event minimum was changed to five events, not counting the four majors and four WGCs;[6] while this change did not affect players eligible for all the majors and WGCs, it made it easier for players not eligible for these to retain European Tour membership while playing a full PGA Tour
PGA Tour
schedule. The minimum will be reduced from five to four in 2018.[7] Status and prize money[edit] It is beyond dispute that the European Tour is the second most important tour in men's golf, behind the PGA Tour
PGA Tour
and well ahead of all the others. What is harder to define is its standing relative to the PGA Tour
PGA Tour
and whether that has risen or fallen in recent years. At the start of 2006 five of the top 10 players in the Official World Golf
Golf
Ranking were full members of the European Tour, namely Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Sergio García, Adam Scott and Colin Montgomerie. Two years later, at the start of 2008, the number of full European Tour members in the top 10 remained at five, namely Els, Justin Rose, Scott, Pádraig Harrington, and Vijay Singh. At the start of 2009, that number increased to seven—García, Harrington, Singh, Robert Karlsson, Henrik Stenson, Els, and Lee Westwood. At the start of 2010, that number went back to five, with Westwood, Harrington, and Stenson joined by Paul Casey
Paul Casey
and Rory McIlroy. Apart from McIlroy, who was only 20 years old at the end of 2009, and longtime European Tour veterans Montgomerie and Karlsson, all of the named golfers are also members of the PGA Tour, and moved to it as their main or joint main tour after playing in Europe
Europe
first. Singh had largely abandoned the European Tour for the PGA Tour
PGA Tour
in the late 1990s, but rejoined the European Tour in 2006. 2010 saw much success for European Tour members, including major wins for Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen and Martin Kaymer, and a victory in the 2010 Ryder Cup. Lee Westwood ended the year as world number one. As of 24 January 2011, the no. 1 and 2 positions in the golf rankings were occupied by Europeans (Westwood and Kaymer), for the first time in 18 years. Westwood, Kaymer, no. 4. McDowell and no 7. McIlroy all see the European Tour as their primary tour. The European Tour is traditionally the first overseas move for outstanding players from non-European countries in the Commonwealth, long a major source for elite golfers, such as Greg Norman
Greg Norman
and Nick Price. These players tended to move to the PGA Tour
PGA Tour
as a second step. However, lately the European Tour is losing this role as more Commonwealth golfers choose to move directly to the U.S. There is also a current trend for young UK golfers to play primarily on the PGA Tour. In some cases, such as that of Luke Donald, this is a natural consequence after completing a golf scholarship at a U.S. university. Such scholarships are not available (or even legal) in Europe. When Continental Europe
Europe
produced its first global golf stars in the 1970s, such as Seve Ballesteros, and especially when Europe
Europe
began to notch wins over the United States
United States
in the Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
in the mid 1980s, there was widespread optimism about the future standing of the European Tour relative to the PGA Tour. This has ebbed away as several major European countries, such as Germany
Germany
and Italy, have not produced high-ranked golfers on a regular basis as was formerly anticipated. Nonetheless, the number of European countries which have produced winners on the European Tour has increased steadily, with notable golfing depth developing in the Scandinavian countries. The latter point is illustrated by developments in 2008 and 2009. Not only did the 2008 end-of-year world top 10 feature two Swedes (Karlsson and Stenson), but five other Swedes won events on either the PGA Tour
PGA Tour
or European Tour in 2008; Karlsson and Stenson were joined by the Dane Søren Hansen on Team Europe
Europe
at the 2008 Ryder Cup; and the season-ending Volvo Masters was won in 2008 by Hansen's countryman Søren Kjeldsen. In 2009, Karlsson dropped out of the top 10 and Stenson remained. Nine Scandinavians won events on either the European or PGA Tour
PGA Tour
in 2009; four of them—Dane Jeppe Huldahl
Jeppe Huldahl
and Swedes Oskar Henningsson, Christian Nilsson, and Alexander Norén—were first-time European Tour winners. The total 2005 prize fund on the PGA Tour
PGA Tour
is approximately $250 million. On the European Tour, it is over £80 million or around $130 million, a little over 50 percent of what the American tour offers. However, both of these totals include around $50 million in prize money for seven co-sanctioned events, namely the majors and the World Golf
Golf
Championships. Excluding these, the European Tour offers less than 50 percent as much prize money as the PGA Tour. It can be argued that since PGA Tour
PGA Tour
members have had far more wins and top 10 finishes in the seven co-sanctioned events in recent years, the 50 percent figure is a better reflection of the actual financial resources of the European Tour relative to its rival. Leaving aside the majors and World Golf
Golf
Championship events, which are the most lucrative on the schedule, there is still much more variation in prize funds on the European Tour than on the PGA Tour. Two key tiers can be identified: those not far away from a million Euro, and those in the three to four million Euro
Euro
range. Most of the former group are for co-sponsored events outside Europe
Europe
and most of the latter are for events staged in Europe. At the January 2010 exchange rate of roughly USD 1.40 per euro, the richer group of European tournaments offers purses approaching and sometimes surpassing those of typical "regular" events on the PGA Tour, with their 2010 prize funds of $5–6 million. The prize funds of many European Tour events have increased rapidly since the late 1990s. Nonetheless, in 2005, an increasing amount of media attention was given to the perceived failure of the European Tour to attract as many leading players to its events as in the recent past. It is unclear how this contradiction between the Tour's apparently weakening on-course position and its seemingly strong sponsorship position will play out in the future. The role of Asia
Asia
may be crucial; in November 2005 a new European Tour-sanctioned event in China called the HSBC Champions tournament was played for the first time. With a purse of $5 million, it was by far the richest tournament ever played in Asia. It now has a purse of $7 million, and became a World Golf
Golf
Championships event starting in 2009. In a decision that, according to the Associated Press, "reflects the changing nature of a global game", one of the top young American amateurs, Peter Uihlein, announced in December 2011 that he would not return for his final semester at Oklahoma State University and would begin professional play in Europe
Europe
the following month—both through sponsor's exemptions on the main tour and on the developmental Challenge Tour.[8] The finances of the European Tour are heavily dependent on the Ryder Cup. Days before the start of the 2014 Ryder Cup, American golf journalist Bob Harig noted,

In simple terms, the European Tour loses money in non- Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
years, makes a tidy profit in years the event is played in the United States (where the PGA of America, not the PGA Tour, owns the event and reaps the majority of the income), and then hits the lottery in years the tournament is staged in Europe. Earlier this year, Golfweek
Golfweek
reported that the European Tour made more than 14 million pounds in pre-tax profit in 2010, the last time the Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
was staged in Europe. A year later, when there was no Ryder Cup, it lost more than 2.2 million pounds.[3]

Harig also added that the PGA European Tour extracts significant concessions from Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
venues. The owners of the 2006 and 2010 venues (respectively Sir Michael Smurfit and Sir Terry Matthews) committed to hosting European Tour events at their venues for more than a decade after winning bidding, and also guaranteed the purses for those tour events.[3] The standard 36-hole cut for a European Tour event is the top 65 professionals plus ties. The structure of the European Tour season[edit] Outline of the season[edit] Since 2000, with the exception of 2012, the season has actually started late in the previous calendar year, but the seasons are still named by calendar year, rather than for example 2005–06, which would reflect the actual span of play. All of the events up until late March take place outside Europe, with most of these being co-sanctioned with other tours. From then on, the tour plays mainly in Europe, and the events in its home continent generally have higher prize money than those held elsewhere, excluding the major championships, which were added to the tour schedule in 1998; three individual World Golf Championships events, added the following year, most of which take place in the United States; and the HSBC Champions, elevated to World Golf
Golf
Championships status in 2009. There are generally only minor variations in the overall pattern from one year to the next. Occasionally tournaments change venue, and quite often change name, particularly when they get a new sponsor, but the principal events have fixed and traditional places in the schedule, and this determines the rhythm of the season. Rolex Series[edit] For the 2017 season, the European Tour launched the Rolex Series, a series of events with higher prize funds than regular tour events. The series began with eight events, each with a minimum prize fund of US$7 million; plans are to increase the number of series events in the future. The initial Rolex Series events are:[9][10]

BMW PGA Championship Open de France Irish Open Scottish Open Italian Open The three events of the Final Series (see below):

Turkish Airlines Open Nedbank Golf
Golf
Challenge DP World Tour Championship, Dubai

Race to Dubai[edit] In 2009, the Order of Merit was replaced by The Race To Dubai, with a bonus pool of $7.5 million[11] (originally $10 million) distributed among the top 15 players at the end of the season, with the winner taking $1.5 million[11] (originally $2 million). The new name reflected the addition of a new season ending tournament, the Dubai World Championship, held at the end of November in Dubai. The tournament also had a $7.5 million prize fund[11] (originally $10 million), and was contested by the leading 60 players in the race following the season's penultimate event, the Hong Kong Open. The winner of the Race To Dubai also receives a ten-year European Tour exemption, while the winner of the Dubai World Championship
Dubai World Championship
tournament receives a five-year European Tour exemption.[12][13][14] The reduction in prize money, announced in September 2009,[11] was due to the global economic downturn. In 2012, the bonus pool was reduced to $3.75 million with the winner getting $1.0 million and only the top 10 golfers getting a bonus.[15] The bonus pool was increased to $5.0 million in 2014 with the top 15 players earning part of the pool.[16][17] Final Series individual tournament winners[edit]

Year Turkish Airlines Open Nedbank Golf
Golf
Challenge DP World Tour Championship

2016 Thorbjørn Olesen Alexander Norén Matthew Fitzpatrick

Year Turkish Airlines Open WGC-HSBC Champions BMW Masters DP World Tour Championship

2015 Victor Dubuisson Russell Knox Kristoffer Broberg Rory McIlroy

2014 Brooks Koepka Bubba Watson Marcel Siem Henrik Stenson

2013 Victor Dubuisson Dustin Johnson Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño Henrik Stenson

Current season[edit] Main article: 2018 European Tour Order of Merit winners[edit] Main article: Harry Vardon Trophy The European Tour's money list was known as the "Order of Merit" until 2009, when it was replaced by the Race to Dubai. It is calculated in euro, although around half of the events have prize funds which are fixed in other currencies, mainly pounds sterling or U.S. dollars. In these instances, the amounts are converted into euro at the exchange rate for the week that the tournament is played. The winner of the Order of Merit receives the Harry Vardon Trophy, not to be confused with the Vardon Trophy awarded by the PGA of America. Leading career money winners[edit] The table below shows the top 10 career money leaders on the European Tour. Due to increases in prize money over the years, it is dominated by current players. The figures are not the players' complete career earnings as most of them have earned millions more on other tours (especially the PGA Tour) or from non-tour events. In addition, elite golfers often earn several times as much from endorsements and golf-related business interests as they do from prize money.

Rank Player Country Prize money (€)

1 Lee Westwood  England 34,331,853

2 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 33,015,999

3 Ernie Els  South Africa 28,577,177

4 Sergio García  Spain 27,496,684

5 Henrik Stenson  Sweden 27,166,949

6 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 25,303,030

7 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 24,493,990

8 Justin Rose  England 24,293,151

9 Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain 24,061,310

10 Ian Poulter  England 24,015,802

As of the 2017 season There is a list of the top 100 on the European Tour's website here [1]. Golfers and rookies of the year[edit] The European Tour Golfer of the Year, since 2009 official known as The Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Year is an award handed by a panel comprising members of the Association of Golf
Golf
Writers and commentators from television and radio. The European Tour's Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award is named after the English three-time Open Champion Sir Henry Cotton. The winner is now selected by a panel comprising the PGA European Tour, The Royal and Ancient Golf
Golf
Club of St Andrews and the Association of Golf
Golf
Writers. It is usually given to the rookie who places highest on the Order of Merit, but this is not always the case. The award predates the founding of the formal tour in 1972. There have been five years when no award was made.

Year Golfer of the Year Country Rookie of the Year Country

2017 Sergio García  Spain Jon Rahm  Spain

2016 Henrik Stenson  Sweden Wang Jeung-hun  South Korea

2015 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland An Byeong-hun  South Korea

2014 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland Brooks Koepka  United States

2013 Henrik Stenson  Sweden Peter Uihlein  United States

2012 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland Ricardo Santos  Portugal

2011 Luke Donald  England Tom Lewis  England

2010 Martin Kaymer
Martin Kaymer
& Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell
(shared)  Germany  Northern Ireland Matteo Manassero  Italy

2009 Lee Westwood  England Chris Wood  England

2008 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland Pablo Larrazábal  Spain

2007 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland Martin Kaymer  Germany

2006 Paul Casey  England Marc Warren  Scotland

2005 Michael Campbell  New Zealand Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño  Spain

2004 Vijay Singh  Fiji Scott Drummond  Scotland

2003 Ernie Els  South Africa Peter Lawrie  Ireland

2002 Ernie Els  South Africa Nick Dougherty  England

2001 Retief Goosen  South Africa Paul Casey  England

2000 Lee Westwood  England Ian Poulter  England

1999 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland Sergio García  Spain

1998 Lee Westwood  England Olivier Edmond  France

1997 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland Scott Henderson  Scotland

1996 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland Thomas Bjørn  Denmark

1995 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland Jarmo Sandelin  Sweden

1994 Ernie Els  South Africa Jonathan Lomas  England

1993 Bernhard Langer  Germany Gary Orr  Scotland

1992 Nick Faldo  England Jim Payne  England

1991 Seve Ballesteros  Spain Per-Ulrik Johansson  Sweden

1990 Nick Faldo  England Russell Claydon  England

1989 Nick Faldo  England Paul Broadhurst  England

1988 Seve Ballesteros  Spain Colin Montgomerie  Scotland

1987 Ian Woosnam  Wales Peter Baker  England

1986 Seve Ballesteros  Spain José María Olazábal  Spain

1985 Bernhard Langer  West Germany Paul Thomas  Wales

1984

Philip Parkin  Wales

1983

Grant Turner  England

1982

Gordon Brand, Jnr  Scotland

1981

Jeremy Bennett  England

1980

Paul Hoad  England

1979

Mike Miller  Scotland

1978

Sandy Lyle  Scotland

1977

Nick Faldo  England

1976

Mark James  England

1975

No award

1974

Carl Mason  England

1973

Pip Elson  England

1972

Sam Torrance  Scotland

1971

David Llewellyn  Wales

1970

Stuart Brown  England

1969

Peter Oosterhuis  England

1968

Bernard Gallacher  Scotland

1967

No award

1966

Robin Liddle  Scotland

1965

No award

1964

No award

1963

Tony Jacklin  England

1962

No award

1961

Alex Caygill  England

1960

Tommy Goodwin  England

Multiple winners – Golfer of the Year[edit]

Rank Player Country Wins Last win First win

1 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 4 1999 1995

T2 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 3 2015 2012

Lee Westwood  England 3 2009 1998

Ernie Els  South Africa 3 2003 1994

Nick Faldo  England 3 1992 1989

Seve Ballesteros  Spain 3 1991 1986

T7 Henrik Stenson  Sweden 2 2016 2013

Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 2 2008 2007

Bernhard Langer  Germany 2 1993 1985

Television[edit]

France: Canal+ Sport Germany: Sky Deutschland Italy: Sky Italia Portugal: Sport TV Spain: Movistar Golf United Kingdom and Ireland: Sky Sports Americas: Golf
Golf
Channel Middle East and North Africa: OSN Sub-Saharian Africa: SuperSport China: CCTV India: Sony TEN

See also[edit]

List of golfers with most European Tour wins Ladies European Tour: the top European women's professional tour.

References[edit]

^ a b "Tour History". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 2015-03-02.  ^ "European Tour appoints first non-professional chairman". BBC. 2 December 2013.  ^ a b c Harig, Bob (23 September 2014). "At Ryder Cup, follow the money". ESPN.  ^ "European Tour increases minimum tournament requirement". Golf Today. 1 October 2008.  ^ Hoggard, Rex (10 October 2012). "Pres. Cup, Ryder Cup, Seve Trophy to count for Euro
Euro
Tour". Golf
Golf
Channel.  ^ Medlock, Will (17 November 2015). "European Tour unveil big changes for 2016". Golf
Golf
Monthly.  ^ "Changes Made to Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
Qualification Process". Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
Europe. 8 January 2017.  ^ "Eyes on Europe, Peter Uihlein turns pro". ESPN. Associated Press. 19 December 2011.  ^ "European Tour Launches the Rolex Series". PGA European Tour. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2017.  ^ "HNA Group named title sponsor of the Open de France". PGA European Tour. 9 January 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2017.  ^ a b c d "Dubai tourney winnings cut 25 percent". ESPN. 21 September 2009.  ^ "US boss welcomes European windfall". BBC Sport. 21 November 2007.  ^ "Race to Dubai". European Tour. Archived from the original on 9 December 2008. Retrieved 12 November 2008.  ^ " Euro
Euro
Tour Unveils Race to Dubai". Golf
Golf
Channel. 19 November 2007.  ^ Ballengee, Ryan (5 January 2012). "Race to Dubai bonus pool slashed in half for 2012". Golf
Golf
Channel.  ^ "Race to Dubai Extended to 2017". PGA European Tour. 17 November 2013.  ^ "New qualifying format for Final Series". ESPN. Associated Press. 17 March 2014. 

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golf clubs golf ball tee

Technical

Golf
Golf
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Golfers

Professional golfer

tours

Male golfers Female golfers Men's major winners Women's major winners Senior major winners Olympic medalists

Most wins

Asian Tour Australasia Tour Challenge Tour European Tour European Senior Tour Japan Golf
Golf
Tour Ladies European Tour LPGA
LPGA
Tour PGA Tour PGA Tour
PGA Tour
Champions Sunshine Tour Web.com Tour

Majors

Men

Masters Tournament U.S. Open The Open Championship PGA Championship

Women

ANA Inspiration U.S. Women's Open Women's PGA Championship Women's British Open The Evian Championship

Senior

The Tradition Senior PGA Championship U.S. Senior Open Senior Players Championship Senior Open Championship

Senior Women's

Senior LPGA
LPGA
Championship U.S. Senior Women's Open

International events

Multi-sport event

Asian Games Inter-Allied Games Island Games Pacific Games Pan American Games Summer Olympics Summer Universiade Youth Olympic Games

Team

Curtis Cup Eur Asia
Asia
Cup International Crown Presidents Cup Ryder Cup Solheim Cup Walker Cup

Rankings

Men Women Amateur

Countries

Australia China India Ireland Philippines Russia Scotland Thailand United States

Venues

Driving range Lists of golf courses

Canada Hawaii India North Dakota Philippines Portugal United Kingdom links courses designed by Jack Nicklaus

Years

1353–1850 1851–1945 1945–99 2000–05 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Governing bodies

International Golf
Golf
Federation The R&A United States
United States
Golf
Golf
Association Professional Golfers' Association (Great Britain and Ireland) Professional Golfers' Association of America LPGA PGA Tour PGA European Tour American Society of Golf
Golf
Course Architects World Golf
Golf
Teachers Federation

Variations

Beach golf GolfCross Hickory golf Indoor golf Long drive Miniature golf Park golf Pitch and putt Shotgun start Skins game Snow golf Speed golf Urban golf

Miscellaneous

Awards Architects Caddie Greenskeeper World Golf
Golf
Hall of Fame British Golf
Golf
Museum USGA Museum Jack Nicklaus Museum Caddie
Caddie
Hall of Fame Evans Scholars Foundation

Media

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Channel

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