Tour Millionaires: Nice work if you can get it
Nice work if you can get it – an incredible 146 players won at least a million dollars on the US PGA and European golf tours during the 2016-17 season.
And of that number, 102 of them plied their trade on the US Tour, while 44 of them kept their bank manager more than happy by earning over that magical mark on the European Tour.
Justin Thomas topped the PGA Tour money list for 2016-17 with $9.9m (Credit: PGA Tour)
Now I know we still have a fair way to go before we have equality on both the men’s and women’s tours but the ladies did alright for themselves as well.
That’s because 16 LPGA Tour players cracked it for $1m in earnings for the year as well.
Not surprisingly, the US PGA Tour’s Player of the Year Justin Thomas topped the PGA Tour money list for 2016-17 with $9.9m
And rightly so…he won five titles in 25 events.
Thomas was followed by Jordan Spieth, who earned $9.4 million this past season, along with a Claret Jug at the Open Championship…and he will most likely add to his bank balance this week when he tees it up to defend his Australian open title at the Australian Golf Club.
Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama were just behind that pair with enough money in earnings for a few sports cars if they so desired.
The top Aussie was Marc Leishman with almost six million dollars in the bank while Jason Day ‘struggled’ with a bit less than three million to show for his efforts.
There are no complaints from the leading women players either…their top of the pops was South Korean golfer Sung Hyun Park, the winner of the US Women’s Open.
She led the LPGA’s 2017 money list with $2.3m in prize money.
Unfortunately no golfer on the Ladies European Tour was able to top $1 million in earnings this year.