European Tour Rookie of the Year Award Winners

Golfers who've won the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award

Sergio Garcia was the European Tour's Rookie of the Year in 1999
Sergio Garcia was the European Tour's Rookie of the Year in 1999. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The European Tour's award for top rookie is named the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award. Henry Cotton was an English golfer, a 3-time British Open winner.

Cotton began handing out his Rookie of the Year award before the European Tour was even established, and the tour continued the award after coming into existence. That makes the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award one of the oldest awards in European golf.

Today, the award winner is selected jointly by the European Tour, the Association of Golf Writers and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.

European Tour Rookies of the Year

2017 - Jon Rahm
2016 - Wang Jeung-hun
2015 - Byeong Hun An
2014 - Brooks Koepka
2013 - Peter Uihlein
2012 - Ricardo Santos
2011 - Tom Lewis
2010 - Matteo Manassero
2009 - Chris Wood
2008 - Pablo Larrazabal
2007 - Martin Kaymer
2006 - Marc Warren
2005 - Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
2004 - Scott Drummond
2003 - Peter Lawrie
2002 - Nick Dougherty
2001 - Paul Casey
2000 - Ian Poulter
1999 - Sergio Garcia
1998 - Olivier Edmond
1997 - Scott Henderson
1996 - Thomas Bjorn
1995 - Jarmo Sandelin
1994 - Jonathan Lomas
1993 - Gary Orr
1992 - Jim Payne
1991 - Per-Ulrik Johansson
1990 - Russell Claydon
1989 - Paul Broadhurst
1988 - Colin Montgomerie
1987 - Peter Baker
1986 - Jose María Olazabal
1985 - Paul Thomas
1984 - Philip Parkin
1983 - Grant Turner
1982 - Gordon Brand Jr.


1981 - Jeremy Bennett
1980 - Paul Hoad
1979 - Mike Miller
1978 - Sandy Lyle
1977 - Nick Faldo
1976 - Mark James
1974 - Carl Mason
1973 - Philip Elson
1972 - Sam Torrance
1971 - David Llewellyn
1970 - Stuart Brown
1969 - Peter Oosterhuis
1968 - Bernard Gallacher
1967 - no award
1966 - Robin Liddle
1965 - no award
1964 - no award
1963 - Tony Jacklin
1962 - no award
1961 - Alex Caygill
1960 - Tommy Goodwin

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