1972 European Tour

The 1972 European Tour was the first 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 England's Peter Oosterhuis.


The table below shows the 1972 European Tour schedule which was made up of 20 tournaments, which included the major national opens around Europe. The other tournaments were mostly held in England and Scotland.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner
69 Apr Masters Tournament* United States United States Jack Nicklaus (n/a)
1215 Apr Spanish Open Spain Spain Antonio Garrido (1)
1922 Apr Madrid Open Spain Republic of Ireland Jimmy Kinsella (1)
24 27 Apr Piccadilly Medal England England Tommy Horton (1)
1113 May Penfold-Bournemouth Tournament England England Peter Oosterhuis (1)
2527 May John Player Trophy England England Ross Whitehead (1)
810 Jun Martini International England Scotland Brian Barnes (1)
1720 Jun U.S. Open* United States United States Jack Nicklaus (n/a)
2225 Jun Carroll's International Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Snr (1)
28 Jun1 Jul Sunbeam Electric Scottish Open Scotland England Neil Coles (1)
1215 Jul The Open Championship Scotland United States Lee Trevino (n/a)
2023 Jul French Open France United States Barry Jaeckel (1)
2730 Jul Swiss Open Switzerland Australia Graham Marsh (1)
36 Aug PGA Championship* United States South Africa Gary Player (n/a)
3 6 Aug German Open West Germany Australia Graham Marsh (2)
1013 Aug Dutch Open Netherlands Australia Jack Newton (1)
1619 Aug Benson & Hedges Festival England Australia Jack Newton (2)
2326 Aug Viyella PGA Championship England England Tony Jacklin (1)
1116 Sept Benson & Hedges Match Play Championship England England John Garner (1)
2023 Sept W.D. & H.O. Wills Tournament Scotland Australia Peter Thomson (1)
2730 Sept John Player Classic Scotland New Zealand Bob Charles (1)
47 Oct Dunlop Masters England New Zealand Bob Charles (2)
1215 Oct Italian Open Italy Scotland Norman Wood (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 a points system, which meant that some players could finish lower than others despite accumulating more prize money.

Position Player Country Prize money (£)
1 Peter Oosterhuis  England 18,525
2 Guy Hunt  England 9,808
3 Brian Huggett  Wales 10,266
4 Peter Townsend  England 8,592
5 Jack Newton  Australia 8,899
6 John Garner  England 8,005
7 Peter Butler  England 8,375
8 Brian Barnes  Scotland 9,103
9 Neil Coles  England 8,629
10 Clive Clark  England 5,831

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