Top 10 money earners for the 2021-22 season

Top 10 money earners for the 2021-22 season

When fans talk about professional golf these days, it doesn’t take long for the conversation to shift to the PGA Tour’s battle for supremacy against LIV Golf.

While the PGA Tour still has an edge in the talent department, there’s no doubting the financial power the LIV wields thanks to support from the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund. Even commissioner Jay Monahan has admitted he can’t financially compete with his LIV Golf opponents, but that doesn’t mean Tour players are playing for trifles.

While Scottie Scheffler set a season record with $14,046,910 in earnings, 126 players earned more than $1 million in the 2021-22 Tour season, with the Tour reporting a player average of $1,621,221 in total. field gains. Another 37 players won over $500,000.

Check out how much money the top players on the Tour have made this season.

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1. Scottie Scheffler – $14,046,910

After the US Open, with 10 events remaining on the Tour schedule, Scheffler set a new record for the most official money earned in a PGA Tour season. Thanks to the four Tour wins, Scheffler earned a total of $14,046,910, a total of $4 million ahead of the second.

Masters of 2022

Masters of 2022

Scottie Scheffler speaks to the crowd wearing his green jacket during the final round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. (Photo: Adam Cairns-Augusta Chronicle/USA TODAY Sports)

2. Cameron Smith – $10,107,897

Smith scored major British Open and Players Championship victories this season, and was one of the FedEx Cup favorites to enter the playoffs, where reports surfaced that he would soon join LIV Golf. Smith hasn’t exactly denied his involvement with LIV, where he reportedly won 10 times what he’s won this season, his best on the Tour.

2022 Open Championship

2022 Open Championship

Cameron Smith speaks to media during a press conference after winning the 150th Open Championship golf tournament at St. Andrews Old Course. (Photo: Michael Madrid/USA TODAY Sports)

3. Will Zalatoris – $9,405,082

Zalatoris took his long-awaited first victory in the FedEx St. Jude Championship to cap off an impressive start to his professional career. A back injury has ruled out the rising star for the past two weeks, and the young American will also miss next month’s Presidents Cup, where he would be a top contender for the captain’s pick.

FedEx St Championship  Jude 2022

FedEx St Championship Jude 2022

Will Zalatoris reacts after making an even shot at number 18 during the final round of the FedEx St. Jude on Sunday, August 14, 2022 at TPC Southwind in Memphis.

4. Patrick Cantlay – $9,369,605

Cantlay became the first player to defend a title in a FedEx Cup Playoff event and is in a great position to defend his FedEx Cup title as well as enter the Tour Championship in East Lake. Cantlay also won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with teammate Xander Schauffele in April.

BMW Championship 2022

BMW Championship 2022

Patrick Cantlay poses with the BMW Trophy and Western Golf Association Trophy after winning the 2022 BMW Championship in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

5. Rory McIlroy – $8,654,566

This year has been a big one for McIlroy, who has had as many wins as cuts lost (two). You could even argue that the Northern Irishman should have won a few more trophies at the Masters (2nd), Wells Fargo (5th), PGA Championship (8th), US Open (T-5) and British Open (3rd). .

Canadian Open RBC 2022

Canadian Open RBC 2022

Rory McIlroy celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2022 RBC Canadian Open at St. George’s Golf & Country Club in Etobicoke, Ontario. (Photo: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

6. Xander Schauffele – $7,427,299

One of three players to win three times on the Tour this season, second-most behind Scheffler, Schauffele won Zurich with Cantlay, Travelers in June and the Genesis Scottish Open in July. His $7,427,299 in earnings is $2 million more than his last best season in 2019.

FedEx St Championship  Jude 2022

FedEx St Championship Jude 2022

Xander Schauffele smiles after finishing practice at the TPC Southwind driving range on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, two days before the start of the FedEx St. Jude in Memphis, TN.

7. Sam Burns – $7,073,986

The 2021-22 season was a coming-out party for Burns. The other three-time champion alongside Smith and Schauffle, Burns beat Sanderson Farms in the fall and defended his title in a playoff at the Valspar Championship in March. He added Charles Schwab in May, also in a playoff. He will make his Presidents Cup debut next month for Team USA.

Sam Burns poses with the trophy after winning during the final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson on October 3, 2021 in Jackson, Mississippi. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

8. Matt Fitzpatrick – $7,012,672

Fitzpatrick had a strong year and still earned nearly half of his earnings for the year with his US Open win ($3,150,000). Additionally, Fitzpatrick’s major championship wins were more than he had ever won in an entire season on the Tour ($2,252,351 in 2021).

2022 US Open

2022 US Open

Matt Fitzpatrick celebrates with caddy Billy Foster after winning on the 18th green during the final round of the 122nd US Open Championship at The Country Club on June 19, 2022 in Brookline, Massachusetts. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

9. Justin Thomas – $6,829,576

Another big win, another top 10 popping up on the money list. Thomas won his second PGA Championship in May via a playoff with Zalatoris. His $6,829,576 for 2021-22 is the fourth best of his career. Your best season, you ask? That was when he was a five-time winner in 2017 to earn $9,921,560.

Justin Thomas enters the FedExCup playoffs 8th in the standings. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

10. Cameron Young – $6,520,598

In his first full season on the Tour, Young finished in second place five times with 17 cuts made. Like his friend Zalatoris, he is constantly in the mix and will appear on these lists for years to come.

2022 PGA Championship

2022 PGA Championship

Cameron Young celebrates his eagle on hole 17 during the third round of the 2022 NCAA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club. (Photo: Eric Gay/Associated Press)

Nos. 11-100

Position

Player

events

cash prize

11

Tony Finau

24

$6,117,886

12

Hideki Matsuyama

20

$5,776,298

13

Sungjae Im

25

$5,567,974

14

Max Homa

23

$5,289,842

15

Jon Rahm

18

$5,248,220

16

Joaquin Niemann

23

$5,076,060

17

Jordan Spieth

21

$5,018,444

18

Billy Horschel

21

$4,940,600

19

Victor Hovland

20

$4,868,461

20

Colin Morikawa

18

$4,837,271

21

Sepp Straka

32

$4,722,434

22

Tom Hoge

31

$4,310,046

23

Scott Stallings

30

$3,933,593

24

Corey Conners

24

$3,876,590

25

Kevin Kisner

24

$3,757,424

26

Talor Gooch

22

$3,718,990

27

Keegan Bradley

25

$3,623,137

28

Shane Lowry

18

$3,616,679

29

Aaron Wise

23

$3,454,521

30

KH Lee

27

$3,347,180

31

JT Post

29

$3,292,443

32

Brian Harman

26

$3,226,839

33

Davis Riley

29

$3,190,793

34

Sahith Theegala

31

$3,124,668

35

Seamus power

26

$3,100,241

36

Anirban Lahiri

24

$3,084,598

37

Keith Mitchell

26

$3,068,341

38

Cameron Tringale

29

$3,050,519

39

JJ Spaun

29

$2,951,152

40

Adam Scott

19

$2,913,198

41

Denny McCarthy

29

$2,882,771

42

Tommy Fleetwood

17

$2,874,008

43

Tyrrell Hatton

19

$2,849,792

44

Russell Henley

22

$2,837,505

45

Joohyung Kim

11

$2,824,580

46

Myth Pereira

27

$2,797,925

47

Luke’s List

28

$2,734,720

48

Maverick McNealy

27

$2,689,754

49

Adam Hadwin

26

$2,574,396

50

Lucas Herbert

20

$2,558,440

51

Kurt Kitayama

24

$2,547,912

52

Sebastian Muñoz

25

$2,545,121

53

Brendan Steele

23

$2,531,909

54

Chris Kirk

25

$2,408,913

55

Jason Kokrak

19

$2,339,960

56

Taylor Pendrith

21

$2,330,840

57

Harold Varner III

23

$2,294,141

58

Mackenzie Hughes

27

$2,276,212

59

Si Woo Kim

29

$2,234,151

60

Christiaan Bezuidenhout

24

$2,233,289

61

Trey Mullinax

28

$2,172,365

62

Emiliano Grillo

28

$2,094,647

63

Matt Kuchar

20

$2,051,300

64

Marc Leishman

23

$ 2,015,561

65

Gary Woodland

23

$1,992,732

66

Cam Davis

25

$1,989,011

67

Alex Noren

22

$1,971,531

68

Lucas Glover

28

$1,941,796

69

André Putnam

30

$1,920,393

70

Matt Jones

20

$1,914,560

71

Chez Reavie

28

$1,908,670

72

Troy Merritt

26

$1,906,304

73

Abraham Ancer

18

$1,777,504

74

Daniel Berger

12

$1,769,539

75

taylor moore

28

$1,751,237

76

Paul Casey

7

$1,740,282

77

Lanto Griffin

23

$1,717,566

78

Beau Hossler

23

$1,716,430

79

Hudson Swafford

21

$1,714,926

80

Joel Dahmen

26

$1,712,942

81

Russell Knox

28

$1,683,424

82

Brendon Todd

25

$1,659,052

83

John Huh

26

$1,631,948

84

Alex Smalley

30

$1,631,567

85

Wyndham Clark

30

$1,544,055

86

Matthew NeSmith

28

$1,539,142

87

Matthew Wolff

16

$1,485,181

88

Brandon Wu

26

$1,472,515

89

Justin Rose

18

$1,426,994

90

Lee Hodges

29

$1,377,251

91

Adam Long

28

$1,364,131

92

Kevin Streelman

27

$1,354,092

93

Doug Ghim

29

$1,347,458

94

Aaron Rai

28

$1,346,601

95

Adam Schenk

32

$1,339,523

96

Patrick Rodgers

27

$1,327,382

97

Brooks Koepka

16

$1,317,085

98

CT Pan

24

$1,313,259

99

Hayden Buckley

30

$1,303,036

100

Stephan Jaeger

31

$1,289,503

Story originally appeared on GolfWeek

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