How many European Tour pros have played a tournament round hungover?

January 11, 2019

Pro golfers are just like us — they like to imbibe here and there, too. But how about the night before a tournament round? Do the best players in the world ever play hungover? The answer is yes. It happens. But how often?

That was one of the questions we asked players on the European Tour in our recent survey. Sound familiar? That’s because we asked PGA Tour pros the same question in 2018. As it turned out, European Tour players have actually played hungover LESS than PGA Tour players.

Thirty-eight percent of the Euro Tour pros polled said yes, they’ve played a tournament round hungover before, which arrives a touch under the 46% of PGA Tour pros who admitted to some less-than-stellar feels during a round in their career. It’s worth remembering Englishman Eddie Pepperell, who fired a 67 during the final round of the 2018 British Open, all while being “a bit hungover.”  For a long time that day, he remained in contention to advance into a playoff. has long conducted surveys of the best players in the world, but never before done so on European soil. The entire survey will be posted next week, including answers to questions like: Who would you rather have dinner with — Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson? Another is: Will fellow European Rory McIlroy win a major in 2019? The results might surprise you.

You can look back at our 2018 survey of PGA Tour pros here.