1981 European Tour
The Order of Merit was won by West Germany's Bernhard Langer.
The table below shows the 1981 European Tour schedule which was made up of 24 tournaments, which included the major national opens around Europe. The other tournaments were mostly held in England, Wales and Scotland. There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the Lawrence Batley International, the Suntory World Match Play and the Lancome Trophy, and the loss of the Newcastle Brown "900" Open and the Merseyside International Open.
*The three majors played in the United States were not official money events, but wins in them were retroactively made official.
Official Money List
The PGA European Tour's money list was known as the "Official Money List". It was based on prize money earned during the season and calculated in Pound sterling.
|Position||Player||Country||Prize money (£)|
|1||Bernhard Langer||West Germany||81,036|
|10||José Maria Cañizares||Spain||25,529|