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This is a list of golfers who have won eight or more events on the European Tour since it was established in 1972. There are some complications in preparing such a list, and different publications have produced different numbers. This list is what the European Tour reports the victories being according to their own player guide.[1]

The number of wins a player can accumulate on the European Tour depends in part on how many years he devotes to the tour. There have always been some leading European players or European Tour members from outside Europe who have gone on to play part or full time on the U.S.-based PGA Tour and cut back their commitments in Europe, and this seems to be an increasing trend.

Many of the players on the list have won many events on other tours and unofficial events. The numbers in the "Majors" column are the total number of major championships the player won in his career whether or not he was a member of the European Tour at the time. Players under 50 years of age are shown in bold.

This list is up to date through 14 March 2010.

Rank Name Lifespan Country Wins Majors Winning span
1 Seve Ballesteros 1957–  Spain 50 5 1976–1995
2 Bernhard Langer 1957–  Germany 42 2 1980–2002
3 Tiger Woods 1975–  United States 38 14 1997–2009
4 Colin Montgomerie 1963–  Scotland 31 0 1989–2007
5 Nick Faldo 1957–  England 30 6 1977–1996
6 Ian Woosnam 1958–  Wales 29 1 1982–1997
7 Ernie Els 1969–  South Africa 25 3 1994–2010
8 José María Olazábal 1966–  Spain 23 2 1986–2005
9 Sam Torrance 1953–  Scotland 21 0 1976–1998
10 Lee Westwood 1973–  England 20 0 1996–2009
T11 Mark James 1953–  England 18 0 1978–1997
Sandy Lyle 1958–  Scotland 18 2 1979–1992
T13 Miguel Ángel Jiménez 1964–  Spain 16 0 1992–2010
Mark McNulty 1953–  Zimbabwe/ Ireland 16 0 1979–2001
T15 Retief Goosen 1969–  South Africa 14 2 1996–2007
Pádraig Harrington 1971–  Ireland 14 3 1996–2008
Greg Norman 1955–  Australia 14 2 1977–1994
18 Vijay Singh 1963–  Fiji 13 3 1989–2008
19 Darren Clarke 1968–  Northern Ireland 12 0 1993–2008
20 Howard Clark 1954–  England 11 0 1978–1988
T21 Paul Casey 1977–  England 10 0 2001–2009
Bernard Gallacher 1949–  Scotland 10 0 1972–1984
Robert Karlsson 1969–  Sweden 10 0 1995–2010
Graham Marsh 1944–  Australia 10 0 1972–1985
T25 Brian Barnes 1945–  Scotland 9 0 1972–1981
Thomas Bjørn 1971–  Denmark 9 0 1996–2006
Manuel Piñero 1952–  Spain 9 0 1974–1985
Ian Poulter 1976–  England 9 0 2000–2010
T29 Gordon Brand, Jnr 1958–  Scotland 8 0 1982–1993
Michael Campbell 1969–  New Zealand 8 1 2000–2005
Sergio García 1980–  Spain 8 0 1999–2009
Tony Jacklin 1944–  England 8 2 1972–1982
Eduardo Romero 1954–  Argentina 8 0 1989–2002
Des Smyth 1953–  Ireland 8 0 1979–2001

Detailed criteria

  • Only European Tour sanctioned events are counted. As all elite golfers enter the four major championships and the four (three before 2009) individual World Golf Championships each season it is possible for a player to accumulate eight wins in European Tour sanctioned events without ever joining the European Tour, and Tiger Woods (who has never joined the European Tour) reached that mark in the 2000 Open Championship.
  • The three U.S. based majors were not designated as European Tour events until 1997, so victories in them before that date were initially excluded. This is in contrast to the list of golfers with most PGA Tour wins, which includes Open Championship wins before that tournament became an official money event in 1995, because they were retrospectively designated as PGA Tour wins in 2002. Sometime prior to 2009, the European Tour made such a retrospective designation with respect to the three U.S. majors, as reflected in their 2009 media guide.
  • Wins in the Wentworth World Match Play Championship before 2003 are not included.
  • The win lists in the player profiles on the European Tour's official site include some miscellaneous items which are not regular individual tour wins and are therefore excluded: wins in 18 hole pro-ams associated with European Tour events; wins in the Volvo Bonus Pool; team wins in the Seve Trophy; wins on the Challenge Tour and the European Seniors Tour.

There are additional players who won eight or more tournaments on the pre-tour European circuit and the European Tour in the period straddling 1972 who are not included on the list.

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