There can be a lot of money made playing professional golf, especially on the PGA Tour and especially over the past two decades.
Prize money has exploded over the past few years on the circuit and with a new media rights deal in place, expect the prize money explosion to continue.
Tiger Woods features on this list of most money earned in a single PGA Tour season four times. Jordan Spieth appears twice. And now there is a new member in this top 10, your Scottie Scheffler, 2022 Masters champion. It propels Jason Day’s 2014-15 season to 11th place.
This list does not include bonus money or money won on the European Tour.
Jordan Spieth, 2016-17
Jordan Spieth at the 2017 Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston. (Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Jordan Spieth has won three events placing himself again among the elite of golf. He dug in to win the Travelers Championship from the bunker. His last round at the Open Championship was memorable for his incredible save on 13 as well as his win. It was both his third major championship and the third career Grand Slam stopover.
Brooks Koepka, 2018-19
Brooks Koepka celebrates with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in Bethpage, New York. (Photo: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)
Brooks Koepka has won three PGA Tour events, including a successful defense of his PGA Championship title. The former Florida State golfer also won the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges and the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Of the 21 events he played, he only missed the cut once while racking up nine top 10 finishes.
Justin Thomas, 2016-17
Justin Thomas at the 2016 Quicken Loans National at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Justin Thomas has been named PGA Tour Player of the Year. He won five victories, including the PGA Championship, and won the FedEx Cup at age 24. It also added 12 top-10 finishes. He shot a 59 at the Sony Open to become the youngest player on the PGA Tour to break 60. He joined Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Jordan Spieth as the only players since 1960 to win five times in a season including a major since 1960 .
Tiger Woods, 2006
Tiger Woods at the 2016 Hero World Challenge in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods began his memorable streak by earning six straight starts to end the year by winning the Open Championship. In the final season before the PGA Tour was reorganized into the FedEx Cup format, Woods dominated on almost every front. He was voted PGA Tour Player of the Year for the eighth time, won silver for the seventh time and won the Byron Nelson Award for the seventh time.
Scottie Scheffler, 2021-22
Scottie Scheffler on the 13th green during the third round of the 2022 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. (Photo: Danielle Parhizkaran-Augusta Chronicle/USA TODAY Sports)
After entering the 2022 calendar year without a PGA Tour victory, the 25-year-old Texan entered this list thanks to four wins in his last six starts, each more impressive than the first. Scheffler finally broke into victory lane in February at the WM Phoenix Open. He followed that up with a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Then came his first WGC win at the Dell Technologies Match Play. Now he’s a major champion, having won at Augusta National Golf Club to earn the green jacket. There’s an asterisk next to that number because Scheffler still has plenty of golf left this season.
Tiger Woods, 2008-09
Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus pose with the Memorial Trophy after Woods won the 2009 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. (Photo: Andrew Weber/USA TODAY Sports)
After missing the last half of the previous season due to knee surgery, Tiger Woods returned to golf and showed flashes of himself, but failed to win a major for the first time since 2004 , notoriously missed when caught and passed. YE Yang in the final round of the PGA Championship.
Tiger Woods, 2005
Tiger Woods celebrates after hitting a remarkable chip shot on the 16th hole during the 2005 Masters. (Photo: Elise Amendola/Associated Press)
Along with winning over $10 million and his fourth green jacket, Tiger Woods delivered the most memorable shot of his career and possibly all of 21st century golf on Sunday in Augusta. His scary chip on 16 eventually turned into a Nike commercial. In total, Woods won the PGA Tour six times in 2005.
Tiger Woods, 2006-07
Tiger Woods watches the putter during the 2007 BMW Championship Finals at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Illinois. (Photo: S. Greenwood/Getty Images)
Riding on the momentum and a (sort of) winning streak from 2006, Tiger Woods continued to dominate the PGA Tour in the first of his many comebacks. Woods won the Buick Invitational for the seventh time – and extended his winning streak to seven on PGA Tour events. The streak ended in February when Woods lost in the round of 16 of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Woods ended the year by winning the inaugural FedEx Cup, winning the last two playoff events. The BMW Championship was his 60th career victory on the PGA Tour. He topped the Tour Championship, winning by eight strokes with a 23-under 257 (64-63-64-66). It remains the lowest 72-hole score of his career.
Vijay Singh, 2004
Vijay Singh celebrates during the green ceremony after winning the 86th PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin on Sunday August 15, 2004. (Photo: Associated Press)
At 41, Vijay Singh was as good as ever on the PGA Tour in 2004, winning the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and eight other Tour events. His overall results were equally impressive: he made 28 of 29 cuts, posted 18 top 10s and 24 top 25s. He also earned PGA Tour Player of the Year honors.
Jordan Spieth, 2014-15
Jordan Spieth poses for a photo with the trophy after winning the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay at University Place, Washington. (Photo: John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports)
At 22, Jordan Spieth was the defending US Open and Masters champion when he won the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus. He became the youngest Tour player of the year since Tiger Woods in 1997. In addition to these two major tournaments won during the 2014-15 season, Spieth also won the Valspar in March, the John Deere Classic in July and the Tour Championship to complete a memorable season on many fronts.