Most Money Won in a Single PGA Tour Season – Here Are the Top Five Golfers

Published 09/05/2021, 6:00 PM EDT
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 14: Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates after sinking his putt on the 18th green to win during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)


It’s no secret that successful athletes earn millions in just a year. If one is known to be one of the best to ever play a sport, they end up making hundreds of millions in career earnings. This applies to many different sports, including golf. Looking at Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, and more, one can gauge what success at the PGA Tour looks like.

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Of course, there are different ways to measure wealth.

One can compare net worth, lifetime earnings, and more. Let’s take a look at PGA Tour golfers who have earned the most amount of money in a season, including bonuses.

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Players who have earned the most while on the PGA Tour

Rory McIlroy, 2019 – $24.3 million

As per reports, Rory McIlroy is the golfer who earns most off the course apart from Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. He played 19 events during the 2019 season, finishing first in three of them, the last one being the Tour Championship (worth $15 million). Additionally, he made 14 top 10s and ranked No. 14 on The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes in 2020.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Men’s Individual – Final – Round 1 – Kasumigaseki Country Club – Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan – July 29, 2021. Rory McIlroy of Ireland in action. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Dustin Johnson, 2020 – $23.9 million

This year, Johnson was 20th on the Forbes’ The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes list. Last season, he won the FedExCup’s $15 million bonus, which has resulted in his spot on the list. Additionally, he has a partnership with the Perfect Practise, along with his deal with TaylorMade this year.

Jordan Spieth, 2015 – $22 million

Back in 2015, Spieth won five tournaments – which included the Tour Championship, the US Open, and the Masters. While he was No. 52 on The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes in 2020, Spieth did not make the cut this year.

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Tiger Woods, 2007 and 2009 – $20.9 million and $20.5 million

Woods, 45, is probably the most successful golfer of all time. Before 2009, he was at his peak, winning multiple events over the span of two years. Over the course of his career, Woods has earned $120,851,706. Even while sidelined due to his accident in February, he is currently the 12th highest-paid athlete in the world. The 15-time major-winner owns multiple assets, and his wins are only a part of his wealth.

Feb 28, 2021; Bradenton, Florida, USA; Rory McIlroy walks to the second green wearing red and black honoring Tiger Woods during the final round of World Golf Championships at The Concession golf tournament at The Concession Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

It is interesting to note that over the years, inflation has in a way affected money. Woods, who earned $20 million in the 200os, might as well have earned $27 million – more than what McIlroy has.

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