Created in 1937 as the Harry Vardon Memorial Trophy it was originally presented to the player with the best average in the major stroke play events.

Year Player Nat.
Race to Dubai leader
2018 Francesco Molinari ITA
2017 Tommy Fleetwood ENG
2016 Henrik Stenson (2) SWE
2015 Rory McIlroy (2) NI
2014 Rory McIlroy (1) NI
2013 Henrik Stenson (1) SWE
2012 Rory McIlroy NI
2011 Luke Donald ENG
2010 Martin Kaymer GER
2009 Lee Westwood (2) ENG
Order of Merit leader
2008 Robert Karlsson SWE
2007 Justin Rose ENG
2006 Padraig Harrington IRE
2005 Colin Montgomerie (8) SCO
2004 Ernie Els (2) RSA
2003 Ernie Els (2) RSA
2002 Retief Goosen (2) RSA
2001 Retief Goosen (1) RSA
2000 Lee Westwood (1) ENG
1999 Colin Montgomerie (7) SCO
1998 Colin Montgomerie (6) SCO
1997 Colin Montgomerie (5) SCO
1996 Colin Montgomerie (4) SCO
1995 Colin Montgomerie (3) SCO
1994 Colin Montgomerie (2) SCO
1993 Colin Montgomerie (1) SCO
1992 Sir Nick Faldo (2) ENG
1991 Seve Ballesteros (6) ESP
1990 Ian Woosnam (2) WAL
1989 Ronan Rafferty NI
1988 Seve Ballesteros (5) ESP
1987 Ian Woosnam (1) WAL
1986 Seve Ballesteros (4) ESP
1985 Sandy Lyle (3) SCO
1984 Bernhard Langer (2) GER
Official Money List Leader
1983 Sir Nick Faldo (1) ENG
1982 Greg Norman AUS
1981 Bernhard Langer (1) GER
1980 Sandy Lyle (2) SCO
Order of Merit leader
1979 Sandy Lyle (1) SCO
1978 Seve Ballesteros (3) ESP
1977 Seve Ballesteros (2) ESP
1976 Seve Ballesteros (1) ESP
1975 Dale Hayes RSA
1974 Peter Oosterhuis (4) ENG
Order of Merit based on points system, not player who won the most money.
1973 Peter Oosterhuis (3) ENG
1972 Peter Oosterhuis (2) ENG
1971 Peter Oosterhuis (1) ENG
1970 Neil Coles (2) ENG
1969 Bernard Gallacher SCO
1968 Brian Huggett WAL
1967 Malcolm Gregson ENG
1966 Peter Alliss (2) ENG
1965 Bernard Hunt (3) ENG
1964 Peter Alliss (1) ENG
1963 Neil Coles (1) ENG
1962 Christy O'Connor (2) IRE
1961 Christy O'Connor (1) IRE
1960 Bernard Hunt (2) ENG
1959 Dai Rees (2) WAL
1958 Bernard Hunt (1) ENG
1957 Eric Brown SCO
1956 Harry Weetman (2) ENG
1955 Dai Rees (1) WAL
1954 Bobby Locke (3) RSA
1953 Flory Van Donck BEL
1952 Harry Weetman (1) ENG
1951 John Panton SCO
1950 Bobby Locke (2) RSA
1949 Charlie Ward (2) ENG
1948 Charlie Ward (1) ENG
1947 NormanVon Nida AUS
1946 Bobby Locke (1) RSA
1940–45 No award
1939 Reg Whitcombe ENG
1938 Henry Cotton ENG
1937 Charles Whitcombe ENG