European Order of Merit / Money List Leaders

European PGA Tour Order of Merit lists based on earnings go back to 1975. Prior to that, it was based on a points system, so the top money earner didn’t necessarily reflect the Order of Merit winner. Since the system was institute, it’s changed names several times, as well as varying in the currency used. Originally, the pound sterling was used. In more recent years its been the Euro.

Colin Montgomerie has dominated the list, having taken the Order of Merit eight times in his career. I suspect that this is due to the history of better players on the European Tour shifting to the PGA Tour where the money has in the past been better.

The complete list is below:

Year Race to Dubai leader Country Earnings (€)
2010 Martin Kaymer  Germany 4461011
2009 Lee Westwood  England 4237762
Year Order of Merit leader Country Earnings (€)
2008 Robert Karlsson  Sweden 2732748
2007 Justin Rose  England 2944945
2006 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 2489337
2005 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 2794223
2004 Ernie Els  South Africa 4061905
2003 Ernie Els  South Africa 2975374
2002 Retief Goosen  South Africa 2360128
2001 Retief Goosen  South Africa 2862806
2000 Lee Westwood  England 3125147
1999 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 1822880
Year Order of Merit leader Country Earnings (£)
1998 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 993077
1997 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 798948
1996 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 875146
1995 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 835051
1994 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 762720
1993 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 613683
1992 Nick Faldo  England 708522
1991 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 545354
1990 Ian Woosnam  Wales 574166
1989 Ronan Rafferty  Northern Ireland 400311
1988 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 451560
1987 Ian Woosnam  Wales 253717
1986 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 242209
1985 Sandy Lyle  Scotland 162553
1984 Bernhard Langer  West Germany 139344
Year Official Money List leader Country Earnings (£)
1983 Nick Faldo  England 119416
1982 Greg Norman  Australia 66406
1981 Bernhard Langer  West Germany 81036
1980 Sandy Lyle  Scotland 66060
Year Order of Merit leader Country Earnings (£)
1979 Sandy Lyle  Scotland 49233
1978 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 54348
1977 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 46436
1976 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 39504
1975 Dale Hayes  South Africa 20508
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