The 25 highest-paid golfers of all time on the PGA Tour

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To the surprise of absolutely no one, Tiger Woods is the highest earning golfer of all time, and it’s not even close.

Woods has made nearly $US25 million more than the PGA Tour’s second-highest all-time earner, Phil Mickelson. For further context, Woods’ PGA Tour earnings are more than twice those of Dustin Johnson, the tour’s fifth-highest all-time earner himself.

However, fortunately for Woods’ competitors, there has still been plenty of prize money in golf to go around. Below, we take a look at the highest earners on the PGA Tour of all time.


25 — Kenny Perry

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Nationality: United States

Earnings: $US32,123,130

PGA Tour wins: 14

One thing to know: Perry is a fan of drag racing and Harley-Davidson motorcycles.


24 — K.J. Choi

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Nationality: South Korea

Earnings: $US32,282,347

PGA Tour wins: 8

One thing to know: Choi was a powerlifter as a teenager before turning to golf


23 — Brandt Snedeker

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Nationality: United States

Earnings: $US32,603,444

PGA Tour wins: 8

One thing to know: Graduated from Vanderbilt with a degree in Communications.


22 — Justin Leonard

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Nationality: United States

Earnings: $US33,884,793

Major championships: 1

PGA Tour wins: 12

One thing to know: He ran the White Rock Marathon in Dallas in under four hours


21 — Charles Howell

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Nationality: United States

Earnings: $US34,793,023

PGA Tour wins: 2

One thing to know: Howell was born and raised in August, Georgia, the home of The Masters.


20 — Stewart Cink

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Nationality: United States

Earnings: $US35,813,621

Major championships: 1

PGA Tour wins: 6

One thing to know: Cink is an avid outdoorsman who loves camping and hiking


19 — Luke Donald

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Nationality: England

Earnings: $US35,944,517

PGA Tour wins: 5

One thing to know: Released his own collection of wines in 2008.


18 — Jordan Spieth

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Nationality: United States

Earnings: $US36,375,582

Major championships: 3

PGA Tour wins: 11

One thing to know: Has a special-needs sister, Ellie, whom he’s called his hero.


17 — Rory McIlroy

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Nationality: Northern Ireland

Earnings: $US38,284,065

Major championships: 4

PGA Tour wins: 14

One thing to know: McIlroy is a Manchester United supporter.


16 — Bubba Watson

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Nationality: United States

Earnings: $US39,936,543

Major championships: 2

PGA Tour wins: 11

One thing to know: Opened his own candy store in Penascola, Florida, called Bubba’s Sweet Shop, and his Mum sometimes works behind the counter there.


15 — Jason Day

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Nationality: Australia

Earnings: $US40,272,953

Major championships: 1

PGA Tour wins: 11

One thing to know: Day’s father, who got him into the sport, passed away when Day was 12.


14 — David Toms

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Nationality: United States

Earnings: $US41,840,270

Major championships: 1

Overall wins: 13 wins

One thing to know: Opened his own training center, the David Toms Academy, in his hometown of Shreveport


13 — Matt Kuchar

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Nationality: United States

Earnings: $US42,827,943

PGA Tour wins: 7

One thing to know: His wife was a tennis player at Georgia Tech


12 — Zach Johnson

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Nationality: United States

Earnings: $US43,296,713

Major championships: 2

PGA Tour wins: 12

One thing to know: He is a huge fan of both Drake University and the University of Iowa athletics


11 — Steve Stricker

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Nationality: United States

Earnings: $US43,586,344

PGA Tour wins: 14 (12 PGA Tour wins, 2 PGA Tour Champions wins)

One thing to know: His wife served as his caddie for portions of his career.


10 — Justin Rose

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Nationality: England

Earnings: $US43,792,365

Major championships: 1

PGA Tour wins: 8

One thing to know: Rose was originally born in South Africa. He moved to England at age five.


9 — Davis Love III

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Nationality: United States

Earnings: $US44,614,145

Major championships: 1

PGA Tour wins: 21

One thing to know: In 2013 the USGA gave him the Bob Jones award, the organisation’s highest honour


8 — Adam Scott

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Nationality: Australia

Earnings: $US47,229,313

Major championships: 1

PGA Tour wins: 13

One thing to know: Scott’s charitable foundation endowed has endowed a scholarship to study Business and Sports Management at Griffith University in Australia.


7 — Sergio Garcia

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Nationality: Spain

Earnings: $US47,952,884

Major championships: 1

PGA Tour wins: 10

One thing to know: Garcia is the club president of a fourth-division soccer team in Spain.


6 — Ernie Els

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Nationality: South Africa

Earnings: $US48,978,472

Major championships: 4

PGA Tour wins: 19

One thing to know: His son, Ben, is autistic, which inspired him to start the Els for Autism Foundation


5 — Dustin Johnson

Nationality: United States

Earnings: $US50,593,604

Major championships: 1

PGA Tour wins: 17

One thing to know: His younger brother and caddie, Austin, was a basketball player for Charleston Southern University


4 — Jim Furyk

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Nationality: United States

Earnings: $US67,977,577

Major championships: 1

PGA Tour wins: 17

One thing to know: Furyk has only ever had one swing instructor – his father, Mike.


3 — Vijay Singh

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Nationality: Fiji

Earnings: $US70,889,890

Major championships: 3

PGA Tour wins: 36 (34 PGA Tour victories, 2 PGA Tour Champions Victories)

One thing to know: Singh learned golf from his father


2 — Phil Mickelson

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Nationality: United States

Earnings: $US86,889,213

Major championships: 5

PGA Tour wins: 43

One thing to know: He is biologically right-handed, but plays golf left-handed, because when his father would demonstrate golf with his right hand Mickelson followed along with his left.


1 — Tiger Woods

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Nationality: United States

Earnings: $US111,182,697

Major championships: 14

PGA Tour wins: 79

One thing to know: Woods also designs golf courses.

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