1981 European Tour

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The 1981 European Tour was the 10th official season of golf tournaments known as the PGA European Tour and organised by the Professional Golfers' Association.

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.

Dates Tournament Host country Winner Notes
9–12 Apr Masters Tournament* United States United States Tom Watson (n/a) Unofficial event
23–26 Apr Madrid Open Spain Spain Manuel Piñero (5)
30 Apr – 3 May Italian Open Italy Spain José Maria Cañizares (3)
7–10 May Paco Rabanne Open de France France Scotland Sandy Lyle (5)
14–17 May Martini International England Australia Greg Norman (5)
22–25 May Sun Alliance PGA Championship England England Nick Faldo (4)
28–31 May Dunlop Masters England Australia Greg Norman (6)
4–7 Jun Lawrence Batley International England Scotland Sandy Lyle (6) New tournament
11–14 Jun Cold Shield Greater Manchester Open England Scotland Bernard Gallacher (7)
18–21 Jun U.S. Open* United States Australia David Graham (n/a) Unofficial event
18–21 Jun Billy Butlin Jersey Open Jersey England Tony Jacklin (7)
25–28 Jun Coral Classic Wales Republic of Ireland Des Smyth (4)
2–5 Jul Scandinavian Enterprise Open Sweden Spain Seve Ballesteros (15)
8–11 Jul State Express Classic England Australia Rodger Davis (1)
16–19 Jul The Open Championship England United States Bill Rogers (n/a)
23–26 Jul KLM Dutch Open Netherlands South Africa Harold Henning (1)
30 Jul – 2 Aug German Open West Germany West Germany Bernhard Langer (2)
6–9 Aug PGA Championship* United States United States Larry Nelson (n/a) Unofficial event
13–16 Aug Carroll's Irish Open Republic of Ireland Scotland Sam Torrance (3)
20–23 Aug Benson and Hedges International Open England United States Tom Weiskopf (1)
27–30 Aug Swiss Open Switzerland Spain Manuel Piñero (6)
3–6 Sep Dixcel Tissues European Open England Australia Graham Marsh (8)
10–13 Sep Haig Whisky TPC Scotland Scotland Brian Barnes (9)
24–27 Sep Bob Hope British Classic England West Germany Bernhard Langer (3)
1–4 Oct Benson and Hedges Spanish Open Spain Spain Seve Ballesteros (16)
8–11 Oct Suntory World Match Play England Spain Seve Ballesteros (n/a) Unofficial event
15–18 Oct Lancome Trophy France Australia David Graham (n/a) Unofficial event

*The three majors played in the United States were not official money events, but wins in them were retroactively made official.

Official Money List[edit]

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
2 Nick Faldo  England 48,109
3 Sandy Lyle  Scotland 44,732
4 Greg Norman  Australia 44,254
5 Manuel Piñero  Spain 39,640
6 Sam Torrance  Scotland 36,012
7 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 35,154
8 Des Smyth  Ireland 29,105
9 Eamonn Darcy  Ireland 25,805
10 José Maria Cañizares  Spain 25,529

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