1981 European Tour
|Duration||23 April 1981– 25 October 1981|
|Number of official events||22|
|Most wins||2 – Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Greg Norman, Manuel Piñero|
|Order of Merit||Bernhard Langer|
|Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the year||Jeremy Bennett|
The Order of Merit was won by West Germany's Bernhard Langer.
The local rule that had been introduced on the tour in 1976 which allowed spike marks to be repaired was rescinded, and a local rule that prohibited touching of the line of a putt with a club was introduced.
The table below shows the 1981 European Tour schedule which was made up of 22 tournaments counting for the Official Money List, and some non-counting tournaments later known as "Approved Special Events". There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the Lawrence Batley International, and the loss of the Newcastle Brown "900" Open and the Merseyside International Open.
- The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names show the number of official career wins they had on the European Tour up to and including that event. Totals are only shown for members of the European Tour and are inclusive of the three United States-based major championships since, although not official tour events at the time, they have been recognised as such retrospecively. Victories in "Approved Special Events" are not recognised as official tour wins.
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|
|10||José Maria Cañizares||Spain||25,529|
|Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year||Jeremy Bennett||England|
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