The Order of Merit was won by Spain's Seve Ballesteros.
The table below shows the 1976 European Tour schedule which was made up of 22 tournaments, which included the major national opens around Europe. The other tournaments were mostly held in England and Scotland. There were several changes from the previous season, with the addition of the Greater Manchester Open, the Uniroyal International and the Lancome Trophy, and the Benson & Hedges Festival being retitled as the Benson and Hedges International Open.
|8-11 Apr||Masters Tournament*||United States||Raymond Floyd (n/a)|
|14-17 Apr||Portuguese Open||Portugal||Salvador Balbuena (1)|
|21-24 Apr||Spanish Open||Spain||Eddie Polland (3)|
|28 Apr - 1 May||Madrid Open||Spain||Francisco Abreu (2)|
|6-9 May||French Open||France||Vincent Tshabalala (1)|
|12-15 May||Piccadilly Medal||England||Sam Torrance (1)|
|28-31 May||Penfold PGA Championship||England||Neil Coles (5)|
|4-7 Jun||Kerrygold International Classic||Republic of Ireland||Tony Jacklin (5)|
|9-12 Jun||Martini International||England||Sam Torrance (2)|
|17-20 Jun||U.S. Open*||United States||Jerry Pate (n/a)|
|17-20 Jun||Greater Manchester Open||England||John O'Leary (1)||New tournament|
|23-26 Jun||Uniroyal International||England||Tommy Horton (3)||New tournament|
|7-10 Jul||The Open Championship||Scotland||Johnny Miller (n/a)|
|15-18 Jul||Scandinavian Enterprise Open||Sweden||Hugh Baiocchi (3)|
|22-25 Jul||Swiss Open||Switzerland||Manuel Piñero (2)|
|5-8 Aug||Dutch Open||Netherlands||Seve Ballesteros (1)|
|12-15 Aug||PGA Championship*||United States||Dave Stockton (n/a)|
|12-15 Aug||German Open||West Germany||Simon Hobday (1)|
|17-18 Aug||Double Diamond Individual Championship||Scotland||Simon Owen (2)|
|26-29 Aug||Carroll's Irish Open||Republic of Ireland||Ben Crenshaw (n/a)|
|2-5 Sep||Sun Alliance Match Play Championship||England||Brian Barnes (4)|
|22-25 Sep||Benson and Hedges International Open||England||Graham Marsh (4)|
|29 Sep - 2 Oct||Dunlop Masters||Wales||Baldovino Dassù (1)|
|7-9 Oct||Piccadilly World Match Play||England||David Graham (n/a)||Unofficial event|
|14-17 Oct||Lancome Trophy||France||Seve Ballesteros (n/a)||New tournament|
|21-24 Oct||Italian Open||Italy||Baldovino Dassù (2)|
*The three majors played in the United States were not official money events, but wins in them were retroactively made official.
The PGA European Tour's money list was known as the "Order of Merit". It was based on a points system, which meant that some players could finish lower than others despite accumulating more prize money.
|Position||Player||Country||Prize money (£)|
|10||Simon Hobday||South Africa||15,196|