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Who has the most wins in European Tour history?

We take a closer look at the players who have the most wins in European Tour history.

The iconic image of Seve winning the 1984 Open at St Andrews

Just five players in history have achieved more than 30 wins on the European Tour.

Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, Tiger Woods, Colin Montgomerie and Sir Nick Faldo are all certified legends of the game, and each player has proven their dominance through their number of victories on the European Tour.

Seve Ballesteros: 50

The late, great Seve Ballesteros remains the most decorated European Tour player in history with a record unlikely to be bested.

In a span of less than 20 years, the four-time Major Champion claimed 50 titles, starting with his first victory as a 19-year-old at the 1976 Dutch Open, where he beat Howard Clark by eight strokes.   

What followed was a streak of 17 consecutive years, between 1976 and 1992,  where he won at least once - totalling 47 wins which include his three Open Championship triumphed (1979, 1984, 1988) and two Masters titles (1980, 1983). The best of those years on the European Tour was undoubtedly the season of 1986, when he won six times, and he remains the only player to record six official tournament wins in one season.

He would then win twice in 1994, beating Nick Faldo by three shots to claim the Benson & Hedges International Open before defeating José María Olazábal and Ernie Els to win the Mercedes German Masters. His final, and 50th win, came a year later at the 1995 Peugeot Spanish Open, earning his home Open for the third time with a two win over fellow Spaniards Ignacio Garrido and José Rivero.

Seve Ballesteros 1976 KLM Open 

Bernhard Langer: 42

Bernard Langer has 116 professional titles to his name, 42 of which he won on the European Tour between 1980 and 2002.

Like Ballesteros, Langer earned his first European Tour title by a sizeable margin, winning the 1980 Dunlop Masters by five strokes over nearest challenger Brian Barnes at the age of 23.

He then enjoyed a streak of 16 consecutive winning years, a span which included both of his Masters victories (1985, 1993), and his notable record of becoming the first player to be ranked as World Number One when the rankings began in 1986.

His final European Tour title came after a thrilling season finale at the 2002 Volvo Masters Andalucia, where the play-off between Langer and Colin Montgomerie was suspended due to darkness after two holes. They decided to share the spoils, which marked the second time Langer had opted to share a trophy – the other being the 1986 Lancome Trophy he shared with Seve Ballesteros for the same reason.

Langer has since translated his remarkable winning mentality into the senior ranks, where he has won a staggering 11 Senior Major Championships.

Bernhard Langer celebrates his 1993 Masters win

Tiger Woods: 41

Woods may have recently hit a milestone on the PGA Tour by matching Sam Snead’s tally of 82 victories, but 33 of those titles (15 Majors and 18 World Golf Championships) also amount towards his total on the European Tour.

His 1997 Masters triumph counts as the first of 41 wins, a number that includes eight further individual European Tour titles between 1998 and 2009.

A year later he would beat Ernie Els in a play-off to claim the European Tour’s Johnnie Walker Classic for the first time, which was a title he would win again in November 2000.

He also won the Deutsche Bank – SAP Open TPC of Europe on three separate occasions (1999, 2001, 2002), as well as the Dubai Desert Classic in both 2006 and 2008.  

Still actively playing, Woods recorded his latest European Tour victory during his well-documented comeback victory at the 2019 Masters Tournament.

Tiger Woods - Masters Champion!

Colin Montgomerie: 31

Colin Montgomerie has played in 626 European Tour events throughout his career and has the fourth highest number of wins with 31.

After being named Rookie of the Year in 1988, Montgomerie eased to his first European Tour title at the 1989 Portuguese Open TPC. He won by a substantial margin of 11 strokes that matched the record at the time (later set by Woods at the 2000 U.S. Open).   

He would then wait two years for his second win – a one stroke victory over Seve Ballesteros at the 1991 Scandinavian Masters, and another two before his win at the 1993 Heineken Dutch Open began a run of 10 consecutive years with at least one victory. In that time, Montgomerie claimed eight Order of Merit titles, including seven in a row between 1993 and 1999. 

Following a two year wait, Montgomerie posted a final round 65 to claim his 31st European Tour title at the 2007 Smurfit European Open, beating Nicolas Fasth by a stroke.

After turning 50, Montgomerie joined the senior ranks and has since gone on to win three Senior Major Championships and six further Staysure Tour tirles..

Colin Montomerie with the Senior Open Trophy

Sir Nick Faldo: 30

With six Major championships and 24 further European Tour wins, Faldo remains one of the most decorated players in European Tour history.

He earned immediate success on the European Tour, making a birdie at the first play-off hole to win his maiden European Tour title during his rookie year at the 1977 Skol Lager Individual.

His next three titles came at the expense of Ken Brown, defeating him to win the European Tour’s PGA Championship on three separate occasions in 1978, 1980 and 1981.

Faldo won eight more times on the European Tour before claiming the first of six Major titles at The 1987 Open Championship at Muirfield. He would then win the Open twice more in 1990 and 1992, in addition to the Masters in 1989, 1990 and 1996.

The 1996 Masters Tournament marked his sixth Major title, and final win on the European Tour. He famously started the final round six strokes behind Greg Norman and went on to win by five as the Australian struggled around Augusta National on the final day.

Faldo won two further titles after that: The PGA Tour’s 1997 Nissan Open, and the 1998 World Cup of Golf with David Carter. He retired from professional golf at the 2015 Open Championship at St Andrews and now leads a successful career as an analyst on American television.

Nick Faldo 1992 open

Players with over 20 European Tour wins

Lee Westwood was the most recent winner in this group, having earned his 25th European Tour win at the 2020 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

29 - Ian Woosnam
28 - Ernie Els
25-  Lee Westwood
23- José María Olazábal
21 - Miguel Ángel Jiménez
21 - Sam Torrance

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