The Order of Merit was won by South Africa's Retief Goosen.
The table below shows the 2001 European Tour schedule which was made up of 47 regular tournaments, which included the four major championships and the World Golf Championships. 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.
There were several changes from the previous season, with the Dunhill Links Championship replacing the Dunhill Cup, the Open de Madrid replacing the Turespana Masters, the Standard Life Loch Lomond being rebranded as the revived Scottish Open, the addition the Caltex Singapore Masters, the Argentine Open and the São Paulo Brazil Open, the return of the Cannes Open replacing the originally scheduled Estoril Open, and the loss of both Brazilian 500 year anniversary tournaments and the Belgian Open.
Terrorist attacks in the United States on 11 September led to changes on the tour schedule with the WGC-American Express Championship being cancelled and the Ryder Cup matches at The Belfry being postponed until 2002. The Estoril Open was also cancelled in the wake of the attacks due to security concerns by the tournaments main sponsors.
|16–19 Nov||Johnnie Walker Classic||Thailand||Tiger Woods (n/a)|
|3–7 Jan||WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship||Australia||Steve Stricker (n/a)|
|18–21 Jan||Alfred Dunhill Championship||South Africa||Adam Scott (1)|
|25–28 Jan||Mercedes-Benz South African Open||South Africa||Mark McNulty (16)|
|1–4 Feb||Heineken Classic||Australia||Michael Campbell (4)|
|8–11 Feb||Greg Norman Holden International||Australia||Aaron Baddeley (1)|
|15–18 Feb||Carlsberg Malaysian Open||Malaysia||Vijay Singh (10)|
|22–25 Feb||Caltex Singapore Masters||Singapore||Vijay Singh (11)||New tournament|
|1–4 Mar||Dubai Desert Classic||United Arab Emirates||Thomas Bjørn (6)|
|8–11 Mar||Qatar Masters||Qatar||Tony Johnstone (6)|
|15–18 Mar||Madeira Island Open||Portugal||Des Smyth (8)|
|22–25 Mar||São Paulo Brazil Open||Brazil||Darren Fichardt (1)||New tournament|
|29 Mar – 1 Apr||Open de Argentina||Argentina||Ángel Cabrera (1)||New tournament|
|5–8 Apr||Masters Tournament||United States||Tiger Woods (n/a)|
|12–15 Apr||Moroccan Open||Morocco||Ian Poulter (2)|
|19–22 Apr||Via Digital Open de España||Spain||Robert Karlsson (4)|
|26–29 Apr||Algarve Open de Portugal||Portugal||Phillip Price (2)|
|3–6 May||Novotel Perrier Open de France||France||José María Olazábal (21)|
|10–13 May||Benson and Hedges International Open||England||Henrik Stenson (1)|
|17–20 May||Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe||Germany||Tiger Woods (n/a)|
|25–28 May||Volvo PGA Championship||England||Andrew Oldcorn (3)|
|31 May – 3 Jun||Victor Chandler British Masters||England||Thomas Levet (2)|
|7–10 Jun||Compass Group English Open||England||Peter O'Malley (3)|
|14–17 Jun||U.S. Open||United States||Retief Goosen (5)|
|21–24 Jun||Great North Open||England||Andrew Coltart (2)|
|28 Jun – 1 Jul||Murphy's Irish Open||Republic of Ireland||Colin Montgomerie (25)|
|5–8 Jul||Smurfit European Open||Republic of Ireland||Darren Clarke (8)|
|12–15 Jul||The Scottish Open at Loch Lomond||Scotland||Retief Goosen (6)|
|19–22 Jul||The Open Championship||England||David Duval (n/a)|
|26–29 Jul||TNT Dutch Open||Netherlands||Bernhard Langer (40)|
|2–5 Aug||Volvo Scandinavian Masters||Sweden||Colin Montgomerie (26)|
|9–12 Aug||Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open||Wales||Paul McGinley (3)|
|16–19 Aug||PGA Championship||United States||David Toms (n/a)|
|16–19 Aug||North West of Ireland Open||Republic of Ireland||Tobias Dier (1)||Alternate to PGA Championship|
|23–26 Aug||WGC-NEC Invitational||United States||Tiger Woods (n/a)|
|23–26 Aug||Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship||Scotland||Paul Casey (1)||Alternate to WGC|
|30 Aug – 2 Sep||BMW International Open||Germany||John Daly (3)|
|6–9 Sep||Omega European Masters||Switzerland||Ricardo González (1)|
|13–16 Sep||WGC-American Express Championship||United States||N/A||Tournament cancelled due to 9/11|
|20–23 Sep||Trophée Lancôme||France||Sergio García (3)|
|28–30 Sep||Ryder Cup||England||N/A||Team event.
Postponed following 9/11
|4–7 Oct||Linde German Masters||Germany||Bernhard Langer (41)|
|11–14 Oct||Estoril Open||Portugal||N/A||Alternate to World Match Play.
Cancelled following 9/11
|11–14 Oct||Cannes Open||France||Jorge Berendt (1)||Alternate to World Match Play.
Replaced Estoril Open
|11–14 Oct||Cisco World Match Play Championship||England||Ian Woosnam (n/a)||Unofficial money|
|18–21 Oct||Dunhill Links Championship||Scotland||Paul Lawrie (4)||New tournament|
|25–28 Oct||Telefonica Open de Madrid||Spain||Retief Goosen (7)|
|1–4 Nov||Atlanet Italian Open||Italy||Grégory Havret (1)|
|8–11 Nov||Volvo Masters Andalucia||Spain||Pádraig Harrington (4)|
|15–18 Nov||WGC-World Cup||Japan||South Africa||Team event.
|Position||Player||Country||Prize money (€)|
|1||Retief Goosen||South Africa||2,862,806|
|3||Darren Clarke||Northern Ireland||1,988,055|
|4||Ernie Els||South Africa||1,716,287|
|6||Michael Campbell||New Zealand||1,577,130|