1998 European Tour

The 1998 European Tour was the 27th official season of golf tournaments known as the PGA European Tour.[1]

The Order of Merit was won by Scotland's Colin Montgomerie.


The table below shows the 1998 European Tour schedule which was made up of 39 tournaments, which included the major national opens around Europe. There were several changes from the previous season, with the Masters Tournament, U.S. Open and PGA Championship being included on the schedule for the first time although winnings did not count towards the Order of Merit, the addition of the Qatar Masters and the Open Novotel Perrier, the return of the Belgian Open, and the loss of the Dimension Data Pro-Am, the Chemapol Trophy Czech Open and the Oki Pro-Am.

The numbers in parentheses 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.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner Notes
22–25 Jan Johnnie Walker Classic Thailand United States Tiger Woods (n/a)
29 Jan – 1 Feb Heineken Classic Australia Denmark Thomas Bjørn (2)
5–8 Feb South African Open South Africa South Africa Ernie Els (6)
12–15 Feb Alfred Dunhill South African PGA Championship South Africa Zimbabwe Tony Johnstone (5)
26 Feb – 1 Mar Dubai Desert Classic United Arab Emirates Spain José María Olazábal (18)
5–8 Mar Qatar Masters Qatar Scotland Andrew Coltart (1)
12–15 Mar Moroccan Open Morocco Australia Stephen Leaney (1)
19–22 Mar Portuguese Open Portugal England Peter Mitchell (3)
9–12 Apr Masters Tournament United States United States Mark O'Meara (n/a) Unofficial money
16–19 Apr Cannes Open France France Thomas Levet (1)
23–26 Apr Peugeot Open de Espana Spain Denmark Thomas Bjørn (3)
30 Apr – 3 May Italian Open Italy Sweden Patrik Sjöland (1)
7–10 May Turespana Masters Open Baleares Spain Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez (3)
14–17 May Benson and Hedges International Open England Northern Ireland Darren Clarke (3)
22–25 May Volvo PGA Championship England Scotland Colin Montgomerie (15)
29 May – 1 Jun Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe Germany England Lee Westwood (3)
4–7 Jun National Car Rental English Open England England Lee Westwood (4)
5–8 Jun Compaq European Grand Prix England N/A Tournament abandoned
18–21 Jun Madeira Island Open Portugal Sweden Mats Lanner (3)
18–21 Jun U.S. Open United States United States Lee Janzen (n/a) Unofficial money
25–28 Jun Peugeot Open de France France Scotland Sam Torrance (21)
2–5 Jul Murphy's Irish Open Republic of Ireland England David Carter (1)
8–11 Jul The Standard Life Loch Lomond Scotland England Lee Westwood (5)
16–19 Jul The Open Championship England United States Mark O'Meara (n/a)
23–26 Jul TNT Dutch Open Netherlands Australia Stephen Leaney (2)
30 Jul – 2 Aug Volvo Scandinavian Masters Sweden Sweden Jesper Parnevik (4)
6–9 Aug German Open Germany Australia Stephen Allan (1)
13–16 Aug PGA Championship United States Fiji Vijay Singh (8) Unofficial money
20–23 Aug Smurfit European Open Republic of Ireland Sweden Mathias Grönberg (2)
27–30 Aug BMW International Open Germany England Russell Claydon (1)
3–6 Sep Canon European Masters Switzerland Germany Sven Strüver (3)
10–13 Sep One 2 One British Masters England Scotland Colin Montgomerie (16)
17–20 Sep Trophée Lancôme France Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez (4)
24–27 Sep Linde German Masters Germany Scotland Colin Montgomerie (17)
1–4 Oct Belgacom Open Belgium England Lee Westwood (6)
8–11 Oct Alfred Dunhill Cup Scotland  South Africa Team event. Unofficial money
15–18 Oct Cisco World Match Play Championship England United States Mark O'Meara (n/a) Unofficial money
15–18 Oct Open Novotel Perrier France Sweden Jarmo Sandelin (n/a)
Sweden Olle Karlsson (n/a)
Team event. Unofficial money.
Alternate to World Match Play
29 Oct – 1 Nov Volvo Masters Spain Northern Ireland Darren Clarke (4)

Order of Merit[]

The PGA European Tour's money list was known as the "Volvo Order of Merit". It was based on prize money earned during the season and calculated in Pound sterling.[1]

Position Player Country Prize money (£)
1 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 993,077
2 Darren Clarke  Northern Ireland 902,867
3 Lee Westwood  England 814,387
4 Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain 518,820
5 Patrik Sjöland  Sweden 500,137
6 Thomas Bjørn  Denmark 470,798
7 José María Olazábal  Spain 449,133
8 Ernie Els  South Africa 433,884
9 Andrew Coltart  Scotland 388,816
10 Mathias Grönberg  Sweden 358,779

See also[]


  1. ^ a b "Tour History". PGA European Tour. Archived from the original on 4 April 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2013.

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