Note: These earnings rankings only count prize money won from PGA Tour events. This does not include money made from endorsements, corporate events, etc.
Top Earners in PGA History
|12||Davis Love III||44.6||54|
|20||Charles Howell III||37||39|
List of the Top 25 earners on the PGA Tour in history
Tiger Woods’ Domination
The highest paid golfers of all time has players from the current and past generation. Tiger woods leads the way by more than $27 Million, topping in at about $115 Million. His professional career has spanned more than 22 years, making his average tournament winnings about $5.25 Million per year.
There are three names that made this list despite still being under the age of 30: Rory McIlroy (29), Jordan Spieth (25), and Rickie Fowler (29). It should come as no surprise that these players are some of the best on the tour today.
Young Guns Leading the Way
Since the start of the 2015 season, the top earners have been the young guns of the game. The average age of the top 10 highest paid players over the last four seasons is 29 years old. Only 3 out of the 10 on the list are older than 30.
|Rank||Golfer||4 Year Earnings (in millions)|
List of the Top 10 earners on the PGA Tour from 2015-2018
DJ Raking in the Cash
The highest money maker over the last four seasons has been Dustin Johnson. He is the oldest of the group and his earnings come in at just over $32 Million, which averages out at over $8 Million per year.
He can crush the ball due to his intense off-the-course workouts which gives him a huge advantage.
Johnson also leads the PGA Tour with 11 wins in that time span including his first ever major victory with his win at the US Open at Oakmont CC in 2016.
Spieth’s Historic Year
The single most impressive year in this time span goes to Jordan Spieth in 2015. Spieth started the 2015 season at the age of 21 while winning five tournaments, including the Masters and the US Open.
No one, until Spieth, had won 5 tournaments in one year since Tiger Woods accomplished the feat back in 2009. Jordan tied the all-time 72-hole scoring record (-18) at the 2015 Masters in his victory. He also became the first wire-to-wire champion at Augusta since 1976.
The Fab Four
The top four golfers on this list are a step above everyone else on the professional circuit. They all averaged over $6 Million in earnings and have had at least 9 wins over the last four years. From 2015-2017, Johnson, Spieth, Day, and Thomas won 6 out of a possible 12 major championships.