The Order of Merit was won by Scotland's Colin Montgomerie.
The table below shows the 1997 European Tour schedule which was made up of 35 regular tournaments, which included the major national opens around Europe. There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the South African Open, which replaced the FNB Players Championship, and the loss of the Catalan Open, the Austrian Open and the Scottish Open, which was effectively superseded by the Loch Lomond World Invitational.
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
|Position||Player||Country||Prize money (���)|
|4||Darren Clarke||Northern Ireland||752,373|
|7||Retief Goosen||South Africa||552,437|
|9||José María Olazábal||Spain||539,908|