The 2006 European Tour season came to a close yesterday at Valderrama in Spain, with Ireland’s Padraig Harrington clinching the Order of Merit crown on what was a dramatic final day. We have compiled a collection of the Tour’s leaders in several different categories, which makes for interesting reading. Who would have thought, for instance, that Ernie Els would lead the scoring average table, closely followed by Sergio Garcia? Neither man won a European Tour event in 2006, but still find themselves top of that particular tree.

EUROPEAN TOUR ORDER OF MERIT – FINAL LEADING STANDINGS

GB&I unless stated

1. P Harrington (pictured), ?2,489,337

2. P Casey, ?2,454,084

3. D Howell, ?2,321,166

4. R Karlsson (Swe), ?2,044,936

5. E Els (RSA), ?1,716,208

STROKE AVERAGE

GB&I unless stated

1. E Els (RSA), 70.02

2. S Garcia (Spa), 70.04

3. L Donald, 70.09

4. M Ilonen (Fin), 70.29

5. R Karlsson (Swe), 70.48

DRIVING ACCURACY

GB&I unless stated

1. O Whiteley, 77.7% of fairways hit

2. P O’Malley (Aus), 75.6%

3. F Aguilar (Chi), 72.6%

4. A Rocha (Bra), 71.3%

5. R Russell, 70.8%

DRIVING DISTANCE

GB&I unless stated

1. C L Nilsson (Swe), 314.1 yds

2. T Moore (RSA), 312.2 yds

3. T Tuovinen (Fin), 306.8 yds

4. A Cabrera (Arg), 305.1 yds

5. J Edfors (Swe), 304.5 yds

GREENS IN REGULATION

GB&I unless stated

1. T Moore (RSA), 75.6% GIR hit

2. A Cabrera (Arg), 75.2%

3. P O’Malley (Aus), 74.6%

3. P Casey, 74.6%

5. S O’Hara, 74.1%

PUTTS PER ROUND

GB&I unless stated

1. T Wiratchant (Tha), 28.0 putts per round

2. P Broadhurst, 28.2

2. M Millar (Aus), 28.2

4. C Cevaer (Fra), 28.3

4. D Howell, 28.3

SAND SAVES

GB&I unless stated

1. E Canonica (Ita), 75.9%

2. D Howell, 71.1%

3. M Roe, 70.9%

4. G Brand Jnr, 69.0%

5. T Moore (RSA), 68.9%