European Tour - Rookie of the Year

1960-2020

Awarded to the rookie who places highest in the Race to Dubai, the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award was first presented in 1960 (predating the official start of the Tour in 1972) and is named after three-time Open Champion, Sir Henry Cotton.

European Tour - Rookie of the Year award
Sir Henry Cotton


The winner is currently selected by a panel of the European Tour, Association of Golf Writers and The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews members.



Year Rookie of the Year Nat
2020 Sami Välimäki FIN
2019 Robert MacIntyre SCO
2018 Shubhankar Sharma IND
2017 Jon Rahm ESP
2016 Wang Jeung-hun KOR
2015 An Byeong-hun KOR
2014 Brooks Koepka USA
2013 Peter Uihlein USA
2012 Ricardo Santos POR
2011 Tom Lewis ENG
2010 Matteo Manassero ITA
2009 Chris Wood ENG
2008 Pablo Larrazábal ESP
2007 Martin Kaymer GER
2006 Marc Warren SCO


2005 Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño ESP
2004 Scott Drummond SCO
2003 Peter Lawrie IRE
2002 Nick Dougherty ENG
2001 Paul Casey ENG
2000 Ian Poulter ENG
1999 Sergio García ESP
1998 Olivier Edmond FRA
1997 Scott Henderson SCO
1996 Thomas Bjørn DEN
1995 Jarmo Sandelin SWE
1994 Jonathan Lomas ENG
1993 Gary Orr SCO
1992 Jim Payne ENG
1991 Per-Ulrik Johansson SWE
1990 Russell Claydon ENG
1989 Paul Broadhurst ENG
1988 Colin Montgomerie SCO
1987 Peter Baker ENG
1986 José María Olazábal ESP
1985 Paul Thomas WAL
1984 Philip Parkin WAL
1983 Grant Turner ENG
1982 Gordon Brand Jnr SCO
1981 Jeremy Bennett ENG
1980 Paul Hoad ENG
1979 Mike Miller SCO
1978 Sandy Lyle SCO
1977 Nick Faldo ENG
1976 Mark James ENG
1975 No award
1974 Carl Mason ENG
1973 Pip Elson ENG
1972 Sam Torrance SCO
1971 David Llewellyn WAL
1970 Stuart Brown ENG
1969 Peter Oosterhuis ENG
1968 Bernard Gallacher SCO
1967 No award
1966 Robin Liddle SCO
1965 No award
1964 No award
1963 Tony Jacklin ENG
1962 No award
1961 Alex Caygill ENG
1960 Tommy Goodwin ENG
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