|Duration||10 November 2005– 10 December 2006|
|Number of official events||47|
|Most wins||3 – Paul Casey, Johan Edfors*|
* Tiger Woods won 5 events, but was not a European Tour member
|Order of Merit||Pádraig Harrington|
|Golfer of the Year||Paul Casey|
|Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the year||Marc Warren|
The Order of Merit race came down to the last few shots of the final tournament, and was won by Pádraig Harrington for the first time. He was the first Irishman to top the Order of Merit since the official beginning of the tour. The Player of the Year award was given to Order of Merit runner up Paul Casey of England and the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year was Marc Warren of Scotland.
The 2006 season began with five events in late 2005 and consisted of 47 official money events, equalling the record set the previous year. This included the four major championships and three World Golf Championships, which are also sanctioned by the PGA Tour. 27 events took place in Europe, 12 in Asia, five in the United States, two in South Africa and one in Australia. Total prize money exceeded €117 million, including nearly €40 million in the major championships and WGC events.
Changes from the 2005 season included four new tournaments, the HSBC Champions in China, the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, the Austrian Open, which returned to the European Tour schedule for the first time since 1996, and the Royal Trophy, a team event contested between teams from Europe and Asia. In addition, there were two editions of the Volvo China Open and the Russian Open became a full European Tour event having previously been a dual-ranking event with the Challenge Tour. The German Masters, the Heineken Classic, and the Abama Open de Canarias were lost from the tour schedule, as was the New Zealand Open which was held later in the year as part of the 2007 season.
- 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 which were included on the schedule for the first time in 1998 and have been retrospectively recognised as official tour wins. Victories in "Approved Special Events" are not recognised as official tour wins.
- Due to the tournament changing dates from November to March, there were two editions of the Volvo China Open on the 2006 European Tour schedule.
Order of Merit
In 2006, the European Tour's money list was known as the "Order of Merit". It was calculated in euro, although around half of the events had prize funds which were fixed in other currencies, mostly either British pounds or U.S. dollars. In these instances the amounts were converted into euro at the exchange rate for the week that the tournament was played. The top 10 golfers in 2006 were:
|Position||Player||Country||Prize money (€)|
|5.||Ernie Els||South Africa||1,716,208|
|European Tour Golfer of the Year||Paul Casey||England|
|Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year||Marc Warren||Scotland|
- 2006 in golf
- 2006 Challenge Tour
- 2006 European Seniors Tour
- 2006 PGA Tour
- List of golfers with most European Tour wins