The Order of Merit was won by Scotland's Colin Montgomerie.
The table below shows the 1998 European Tour schedule which was made up of 39 tournaments, which included the major national opens around Europe. There were several changes from the previous season, with the Masters Tournament, U.S. Open and PGA Championship being included on the schedule for the first time although winnings did not count towards the Order of Merit, the addition of the Qatar Masters and the Open Novotel Perrier, the return of the Belgian Open, and the loss of the Dimension Data Pro-Am, the Chemapol Trophy Czech Open and the Oki Pro-Am.
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 (£)|
|2||Darren Clarke||Northern Ireland||902,867|
|4||Miguel Ángel Jiménez||Spain||518,820|
|7||José María Olazábal||Spain||449,133|
|8||Ernie Els||South Africa||433,884|