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

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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