The Order of Merit was won by Spain's Seve Ballesteros, who won six tournaments during the season.
The table below shows the 1986 European Tour schedule which was made up of 27 tournaments, which included the major national opens around Europe. There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the Epson Grand Prix of Europe and the PLM Open, the return of the Scottish Open, and the loss of the Tunisian Open, the Glasgow Open and the GSI L'Equipe Open.
The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names show the number of career wins they had on the European Tour up to and including that event. This is only shown for members of the European Tour.
Order of Merit
The PGA European Tour's money list was known as the "Order of Merit". It was based on prize money earned during the season and calculated in Pound sterling. In 1986 the minimum number of tournaments needed to qualify for the Order of Merit was increased from seven to nine.
|Position||Player||Country||Prize money (£)|
|2||José María Olazábal||Spain||136,775|
|5||Gordon J. Brand||England||106,314|
|9||Ronan Rafferty||Northern Ireland||80,336|
|10||Gordon Brand, Jnr||Scotland||78,639|