1973 European Tour

The 1973 European Tour was the second 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 1973 European Tour schedule which was made up of 21 tournaments, which included the major national opens around Europe. The other tournaments were mostly held in England, Scotland and Wales. There were three changes from the inaugural season, with the addition of the Portuguese Open and the Scandinavian Enterprise Open, and the loss of the John Player Trophy.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner
2831 Mar Madrid Open Spain Spain German Garrido (1)
47 Apr Portuguese Open Portugal Spain Jaime Benito (1)
58 Apr Masters Tournament* United States United States Tommy Aaron (n/a)
1114 Apr Spanish Open Spain England Neil Coles (2)
1821 Apr Italian Open Italy England Tony Jacklin (2)
25 28 Apr Piccadilly Medal England England Peter Oosterhuis (2)
1012 May Penfold-Bournemouth Tournament England Northern Ireland Eddie Polland (1)
2326 May Benson & Hedges Match Play Championship England England Neil Coles (3)
31 May3 Jun French Open France England Peter Oosterhuis (3)
69 Jun Martini International Scotland England Maurice Bembridge (1)
1417 Jun U.S. Open* United States United States Johnny Miller (n/a)
2124 Jun Carroll's International Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland Paddy McGuirk (1)
2730 Jun Sunbeam Electric Scottish Open Scotland Australia Graham Marsh (3)
1114 Jul The Open Championship Scotland United States Tom Weiskopf (n/a)
1922 Jul Scandinavian Enterprise Open Sweden New Zealand Bob Charles (3)
2629 Jul Swiss Open Switzerland South Africa Hugh Baiocchi (1)
2 5 Aug German Open West Germany Italy Francisco Abreu (1)
812 Aug Dutch Open Netherlands England Doug McClelland (1)
912 Aug PGA Championship* United States United States Jack Nicklaus (n/a)
1518 Aug Benson & Hedges Festival England South Africa Vin Baker (1)
2225 Aug Viyella PGA Championship England England Peter Oosterhuis (4)
58 Sept W.D. & H.O. Wills Tournament England United States Charles Coody (n/a)
2629 Sept John Player Classic Scotland United States Charles Coody (n/a)
36 Oct Dunlop Masters Wales England Tony Jacklin (3)

*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 17,455
2 Maurice Bembridge  England 10,773
3 Hugh Baiocchi  South Africa 11,870
4 Dale Hayes  South Africa 10,188
5 Brian Barnes  Scotland 9,778
6 Eddie Polland  Northern Ireland 8,146
7 Tony Jacklin  England 24,840
8 Bernard Gallacher  Scotland 8,676
9 Neil Coles  England 14,748
10 Jack Newton  Australia 7,939

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