|Duration||25 January 1996– 5 January 1997|
|Number of official events||38|
|Most wins||3 – Robert Allenby, Colin Montgomerie, Ian Woosnam|
|Order of Merit||Colin Montgomerie|
|Golfer of the Year||Colin Montgomerie|
|Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the year||Thomas Bjørn|
The Order of Merit was won by Scotland's Colin Montgomerie for the fourth consecutive year.
The table below shows the 1996 European Tour schedule which was made up of 38 tournaments counting for the Order of Merit, and several non-counting "Approved Special Events". There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the Heineken Classic, the Dimension Data Pro-Am and the Loch Lomond World Invitational; and the loss of the Turespaña Open De Canaria and the Open de Baleares. Soon after the schedule was announced, a third Southern Africa Tour event was added, the FNB Players Championship.
In January, the Jersey Open was moved onto the European Senior Tour schedule and the Open Mediterrania was replaced by the Catalan Open. In February, a new tournament in Spain, the Oki Pro-Am was added opposite the Dunhill Cup. In March, the Slaley Hall Northumberland Challenge was added to the schedule, taking the dates vacated by the Jersey Open, opposite the U.S. 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 retrospectively. Victories in "Approved Special Events" are not recognised as official tour wins.
Order of Merit
|Position||Player||Country||Prize money (£)|
|8||Darren Clarke||Northern Ireland||329,795|
|European Tour Golfer of the Year||Colin Montgomerie||Scotland|
|Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year||Thomas Bjørn||Denmark|
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