2005 European Tour

The 2005 European Tour was the 34th golf season since the European Tour officially began in 1972. The 2005 season consisted of 47 official money events, which was a new record total. This included four major championships and three World Golf Championships, which were also sanctioned by the PGA Tour. 27 events took place in Europe, 10 in Asia, six in the United States, two in South Africa and one each in Australia and New Zealand. Total prize money exceeded €97 million, including nearly €40 million in the four major championships and three individual World Golf Championships events.

The Order of Merit race came down to the final tournament, and was won by Colin Montgomerie for a record eighth time, and the first since 1999. The Player of the Year award was given to Order of Merit runner up and U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell of New Zealand. The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year was Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño of Spain, who won his first title, the KLM Open during his début season.

Main tournaments

For details of what happened in the main tournaments of 2005, including the major championships and the World Golf Championships, see 2005 in golf.

Table of results

The first three events actually took place in late 2004. The numbers in brackets after the winners' names show the number of career wins they had on the European Tour up to and including that event. This is only shown for members of the European Tour. To give such a number for non-members would misrepresent the amount of time some international golfers spend on the European Tour; as the Tour co-sanctions the major championships and World Golf Championships events, some top players accumulate a significant number of wins in European Tour sanctioned events without really playing on it.

DatesTournamentHost countryWinnerOWGR
25–28 NovVolvo China OpenChinaWales Stephen Dodd (1)16 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
2–5 DecOmega Hong Kong OpenHong Kong, ChinaSpain Miguel Ángel Jiménez (12)24 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
9–12 DecDunhill ChampionshipSouth AfricaSouth Africa Charl Schwartzel (1)18 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
20–23 JanSouth African Airways OpenSouth AfricaSouth Africa Tim Clark (2)32 Co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour
27–30 JanCaltex MastersSingaporeEngland Nick Dougherty (1)30 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
3–6 FebHeineken ClassicAustraliaAustralia Craig Parry (6)40 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
10–13 FebHolden New Zealand OpenNew ZealandSweden Niclas Fasth (2)24 Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
17–20 FebCarlsberg Malaysian OpenMalaysiaThailand Thongchai Jaidee (2)26 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
23–27 FebWGC-Accenture Match Play ChampionshipUnited StatesUnited States David Toms (n/a)76 World Golf Championships
3–6 MarDubai Desert ClassicUnited Arab EmiratesSouth Africa Ernie Els (18)36
10–13 MarQatar MastersQatarSouth Africa Ernie Els (19)26
17–20 MarTCL ClassicChinaEngland Paul Casey (4)20 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
24–27 MarEnjoy Jakarta Standard Chartered Indonesia OpenIndonesiaThailand Thaworn Wiratchant (1)16 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
31 Mar–3 AprEstoril Open de Portugal Caixa Geral de DepositosPortugalEngland Paul Broadhurst (5)24
7–10 AprMasters TournamentUnited StatesUnited States Tiger Woods (n/a)100 Major championship
7–10 AprMadeira Island OpenPortugalNetherlands Robert-Jan Derksen (2)16 Dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour
14–17 AprJazztel Open de España en AndalucíaSpainSweden Peter Hanson (1)24
21–24 AprJohnnie Walker ClassicChinaAustralia Adam Scott (5)46 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
and PGA Tour of Australasia
28 Apr–1 MayBMW Asian OpenChinaSouth Africa Ernie Els (20)38 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
5–8 MayTelecom Italia OpenItalyEngland Steve Webster (1)24
12–15 MayThe Daily Telegraph Dunlop MastersEnglandDenmark Thomas Bjørn (8)36
19–22 MayNissan Irish OpenRepublic of IrelandWales Stephen Dodd (2)38
26–29 MayBMW ChampionshipEnglandArgentina Ángel Cabrera (3)64 The European Tour's flagship event
2–5 JunCeltic Manor Wales OpenWalesSpain Miguel Ángel Jiménez (13)26
9–12 JunKLM OpenNetherlandsSpain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (1)24
16–19 JunU.S. OpenUnited StatesNew Zealand Michael Campbell (7)100 Major championship
16–19 JunAa St Omer OpenFranceSweden Joakim Bäckström (1)16 Dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour
23–26 JunOpen de FranceFranceFrance Jean-François Remésy (3)24
30 Jun–3 JulSmurfit European OpenRepublic of IrelandEngland Kenneth Ferrie (2)46
7–10 JulBarclays Scottish OpenScotlandSouth Africa Tim Clark (3)50
14–17 JulThe Open ChampionshipUnited KingdomUnited States Tiger Woods (n/a)100 Major championship
21–24 JulDeutsche Bank Players Championship of EuropeGermanySweden Niclas Fasth (3)44
28–31 JulEnterCard Scandinavian MastersSwedenAustralia Mark Hensby (1)24
4–7 AugJohnnie Walker Championship at GleneaglesScotlandItaly Emanuele Canonica (1)24
11–14 AugPGA ChampionshipUnited StatesUnited States Phil Mickelson (n/a)100 Major championship
11–14 AugCadillac Russian OpenRussiaSweden Mikael Lundberg (1)16 Dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour
18–21 AugWGC-NEC InvitationalUnited StatesUnited States Tiger Woods (n/a)74 World Golf Championships
25–28 AugBMW International OpenGermanyEngland David Howell (2)36
1–4 SepOmega European MastersSwitzerlandSpain Sergio García (6)24
8–11 SepLinde German MastersGermanySouth Africa Retief Goosen (12)46
15–18 SepHSBC World Match Play ChampionshipEnglandNew Zealand Michael Campbell (8)36 16-man match play event; highest 1st prize in golf
22–25 SepSeve TrophyEnglandGreat Britain & Irelandn/a Team event - Great Britain & Ireland v. Continental Europe
29 Sep–2 OctDunhill Links ChampionshipScotlandScotland Colin Montgomerie (29)38 Celebrity pro-am
6–9 OctWGC-American Express ChampionshipUnited StatesUnited States Tiger Woods (n/a)72 World Golf Championships
6–9 OctAbama Open de CanariasSpainEngland John Bickerton (1)16 Dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour
13–16 OctOpen de MadridSpainFrance Raphaël Jacquelin (1)24
20–23 OctMallorca ClassicSpainSpain José María Olazábal (22)24
27–30 OctVolvo MastersSpainRepublic of Ireland Paul McGinley (4)46 Tour Championship

Order of Merit

In 2005, the European Tour's money list was known as the "Order of Merit". It was calculated in euro, although around half of the events had prize funds which were fixed in other currencies, mostly either British pounds or U.S. dollars. In these instances the amounts were converted into euro at the exchange rate for the week that the tournament was played. The top 10 golfers in 2005 were:

Position Player Country Prize money ()
1. Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 2,794,223
2. Michael Campbell  New Zealand 2,496,269
3. Paul McGinley  Ireland 2,296,423
4. Retief Goosen  South Africa 2,261,211
5. Ángel Cabrera  Argentina 1,866,277
6. Sergio García  Spain 1,828,545
7. David Howell  England 1,798,308
8. Henrik Stenson  Sweden 1,585,750
9. Thomas Bjørn  Denmark 1,561,190
10. José María Olazábal  Spain 1,489,016

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