LPGA Star Minjee Lee Beats Golf Ace Nelly Korda by Nearly $2 Million to Enter Into an Elite Forbes List in 2022

Published 12/24/2022, 8:30 AM EST

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Golf is a high-paying sport as the world knows it. However, there is a vast difference in the payouts of men’s and women’s golf due to differences in popularity. But these differences are being brought to an end by talented golfers including Nelly Korda and Minjee Lee. Other than being equally responsible for bringing the deserved respect to women’s golf, the two are tough competitors of each other. In fact, Lee recently left Korda behind in the list of the world’s highest-paid female athletes by miles.

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Nelly Korda is one of the most renowned names in the field of golf. The professional golfer has millions of fans worldwide for her amazing performances in tournaments. Although it wasn’t a very successful year for Korda, she managed to win the Pelican Women’s Championship towards the end of the season.

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The previous year was pretty good for Korda. And it was clear by the amount of money she made during the 2021 LPGA season. Korda even managed to find a spot among the 10 top-paid athletes of 2021 at no. 9. Her total earnings in the season were $5.9 million which included $2.4 million as tournament earnings.

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However, after having a pretty rough year this time, Korda couldn’t stay among the top 10 on the list. But Australian professional golfer Minjee Lee managed to make it among these players this year. As per Forbes’ 2022 highest-paid female athletes list, Lee is at no. 10 with total career earnings of $7.3 million. And out of the total amount, Lee made $4.8 million on the field, thanks to her victory at the US Women’s Open in June.

How much did Korda make this year from her professional earnings?

Nelly Korda is nowhere to be found among the top 20 highest-earning female athletes. The golf star has taken a huge fall and currently stands at no. 22 with total earnings of $5.4 million, which is lesser than her previous year’s earnings.

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Korda makes a huge chunk of her earnings from her sponsors including US LBM, LivPur, etc. In fact, $4 million out of her total earnings came from opportunities off the field. And she only made $1.4 million from her tournaments this year.

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Fans are disappointed at Korda and her performance throughout the year. With a track record like hers, people were expecting a lot more out of the player. However, Korda is set to come back stronger in the upcoming year. And fans might see a new side of the female golfer in the 2023 LPGA season.

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Joydeep Singh

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Joydeep Singh is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Bachelor's degree in Business Management, he possesses a writing experience of more than four years now. Having picked up on following golf for quite some time now, his favorite is the legendary Tiger Woods, whose games he just does not miss.
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