Golfers With the Most European Tour Wins

Bernhard Langer is among the golfers with the most European Tour wins

Which golfer has the most wins in European Tour history? Seve Ballesteros tops the list. And the list of the tour's top winners includes many other great names, too, including Tiger Woods, who is in third place.

In the tour's history, only one golfer so far has reached 50 career wins; only two others reached 40 wins; and only two more reached 30 wins.

Keep in mind that the European Tour has existed only since 1972, so the list below does not include wins that happened on the British and European circuits prior to 1972. Also, the list includes only wins in tournaments counted as official events by the European Tour.

We'll explain a few other details after the list. Which brings us to ...

The List: Most Career Wins on the European Tour

These are all-time (since its founding in 1972, anyway) leaders in victories on the European Tour:

Seve Ballesteros — 50
Bernhard Langer — 42
Tiger Woods — 41
Colin Montgomerie — 31
Nick Faldo — 30
Ian Woosnam — 29
Ernie Els — 28
Lee Westwood — 24
Jose Maria Olazabal — 23
Miguel Angel Jimenez — 21
Sam Torrance — 21
Mark James — 18
Sandy Lyle — 18
Mark McNulty — 16
Sergio Garcia — 16
Thomas Bjorn — 15
Padraig Harrington — 15
Darren Clarke — 14
Retief Goosen — 14
Greg Norman — 14
Paul Casey — 14
Rory McIlroy — 13
Vijay Singh — 13
Ian Poulter — 12
Justin Rose — 12
Howard Clark — 11
Robert Karlsson — 11
Martin Kaymer — 11
Charl Schwartzel — 11
Henrik Stenson — 11
Bernard Gallacher — 10
Graham Marsh — 10
Graeme McDowell — 10
Phil Mickelson — 10
Alex Noren — 10
Adam Scott — 10

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How Did Tiger Woods Get So Many Wins on the European Tour?

Tiger Woods is credited by the European Tour with 41 wins, yet he has never been a member of the tour. What's up with that? You can probably guess: Most of that total is the combination of Woods' wins in majors championships (15) with his wins in World Golf Championship (WGC) tournaments (18). Woods has 33 of those wins, plus eight wins in "regular" European Tour events.

If Tiger's On the List, Why Isn't Jack Nicklaus?

Jack Nicklaus won 18 majors. Shouldn't he make the list? Tiger's major wins are counted, why not Jack's?

That is one of the quirks of the European Tour win list: The tour has counted the three U.S.-based major championships as official tour events only since 1997. That means all of Tiger's major wins count as European Tour wins, but none of Nicklaus' 18 major wins do.

The tour does credit Nicklaus with nine wins in other Euro Tour-sanctioned tournaments. If, some day, the tour decides to count all majors going back to the founding year of 1972 as official European Tour wins, then Nicklaus will move onto the list above.

Photo credit: "Bernhard Langer, Open 2006"by SN#1 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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