PGA European Tour - Order of Merit Winners

Order of Merit Winners

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.

Year Race to Dubai leader Country Earnings (€)
2012 Rory McIlroy Northern Ireland 5,519,118
2011 Luke Donald England 5,323,400
2010 Martin Kaymer Germany 4,461,011
2009 Lee Westwood (2/2) England 4,237,762
Year Order of Merit leader Country Earnings (€)
2008 Robert Karlsson Sweden 2,732,748
2007 Justin Rose England 2,944,945
2006 Pádraig Harrington Ireland 2,489,337
2005 Colin Montgomerie (8/8) Scotland 2,794,223
2004 Ernie Els (2/2) South Africa 4,061,905
2003 Ernie Els (1/2) South Africa 2,975,374
2002 Retief Goosen (2/2) South Africa 2,360,128
2001 Retief Goosen (1/2) South Africa 2,862,806
2000 Lee Westwood (1/2) England 3,125,147
1999 Colin Montgomerie (7/8) Scotland 1,822,880
Year Order of Merit leader Country Earnings (£)
1998 Colin Montgomerie (6/8) Scotland 993,077
1997 Colin Montgomerie (5/8) Scotland 798,948
1996 Colin Montgomerie (4/8) Scotland 875,146
1995 Colin Montgomerie (3/8) Scotland 835,051
1994 Colin Montgomerie (2/8) Scotland 762,720
1993 Colin Montgomerie (1/8) Scotland 613,683
1992 Nick Faldo (2/2) England 708,522
1991 Seve Ballesteros (6/6) Spain 545,354
1990 Ian Woosnam (2/2) Wales 574,166
1989 Ronan Rafferty Northern Ireland 400,311
1988 Seve Ballesteros (5/6) Spain 451,560
1987 Ian Woosnam (1/2) Wales 253,717
1986 Seve Ballesteros (4/6) Spain 242,209
1985 Sandy Lyle (3/3) Scotland 162,553
1984 Bernhard Langer (2/2) West Germany 139,344
Year Official Money List leader Country Earnings (£)
1983 Nick Faldo (1/2) England 119,416
1982 Greg Norman Australia 66,406
1981 Bernhard Langer (1/2) West Germany 81,036
1980 Sandy Lyle (2/3) Scotland 66,060
Year Order of Merit leader Country Earnings (£)
1979 Sandy Lyle (1/3) Scotland 49,233
1978 Seve Ballesteros (3/6) Spain 54,348
1977 Seve Ballesteros (2/6) Spain 46,436
1976 Seve Ballesteros (1/6) Spain 39,504
1975 Dale Hayes South Africa 20,508

Before 1975 the Order of Merit was based on a points system, so it was not necessarily headed by the golfer who won the most money.

Year Order of Merit leader Country Earnings (£) Leading money winner Country Earnings (£)
1974 Peter Oosterhuis (4/4) England 32,127 Peter Oosterhuis England 32,127
1973 Peter Oosterhuis (3/4) England 17,455 Tony Jacklin England 24,840
1972 Peter Oosterhuis (2/4) England 18,525 Bob Charles New Zealand 18,538
1971 Peter Oosterhuis (1/4) England 9,270 Gary Player South Africa 11,281

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