If you think you've played a lot of golf, wait until you see the numbers these guys have racked up

David Howell joined an exclusive club when he teed up at the 2022 Cazoo Wales Open, becoming just the third player in history to reach 700 European Tour appearances – now known as the DP World Tour.

Since then he’s gone one better, overtaking legend Sam Torrance for number of starts on the circuit…

The feat got us thinking, and after diving into the record books, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 golfers with the most starts in the storied history of the European Tour.

Most European Tour/DP World Tour appearances:

10. Roger Chapman

Starts: 618
Wins: 1

9. Paul Lawrie

Starts: 621
Wins: 8

8. Colin Montgomerie

Starts: 628
Wins: 31

7. Robert Karlsson*

Starts: 632
Wins: 11

6. Soren Kjeldsen*

Starts: 661
Wins: 4

European Tour appearances

5. Raphael Jacquelin*

Starts: 679
Wins: 4

4. Barry Lane

Starts: 693
Wins: 5

3. Sam Torrance

Starts: 706
Wins: 21

2. David Howell*
Starts: 707
Wins: 5

1. Miguel Angel Jimenez

Starts: 719
Wins: 21

*denotes those still playing on the DP World Tour

Altogether, that’s more than 6,600 appearances and 111 wins!

George Cooper

A golf fanatic his entire life, George Cooper is NCG's man for all goings-on at the top level of the game, whether it's the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA or LIV Golf. He also looks after NCG's Twitter and Facebook accounts. George is a member of Woburn, but is not friends with Ian Poulter.

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