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%