Tuesday, November 21, 2017

How Many Women Golfers Made Over $1 million in 2017?

A record number of women golfers made over $1 million in earnings in 2017 but exactly how many? The answer is below. In this article I'm only talking about earnings made on the golf course from playing on tournaments. Endorsement money or any other earnings are not counted.



First, the record number of women golfers who earned over $1 million broke the previous record of 15 that was set last year in 2016. After the list of women who earned over $1 million in 2017, I've also listed how many male golfers earned over $1 million in 2017.

From that you can see there is still a huge disparity between men's and women's golf. But still the LPGA is doing extremely well and many women on the tour are able to make a lot of money from playing golf for a living. 


How Many Women Golfers Made Over $1 million in 2017?

  • 17

The following 17 women all earned over $1 million playing golf in 2017.


1. Sung Hyun Park - $2.34 million


2. So Yeon Ryu - $1.98 million


3. Lexi Thompson - $1.88 million


4. Shanshan Feng - $1.73 million


5. Ariya Jutanugarn - $1.55 million


6. Brooke Henderson - $1.51 million


7. Cristie Kerr - $1.42 million


8. Anna Nordqvist - $1.34 million


9. Moriya Jutanugarn - $1.32 million


10. Sei Young Kim - $1.28 million


11. In Geen Chun - $1.25 million


12. I.K. Kim - $1.23 million


13. Lydia Ko - $1.18 million


14. Mi Jung Hur - $1.07 million


15. Stacy Lewis - $1.06 million


16. Minjee Lee - $1.03 million


17. Danielle Kang - $1.005 million


Some notes about LPGA women earning over $1 million in a season:

  • The first year a woman golfer earned over $1 million in a season was in 1996 when Karrie Webb earned $1,002,000

  • The first year 2 women earned over $1 million was in 1999 when both Karrie Webb ($1.6 million) and Juli Inkster ($1.34 million) cracked the mark

  • Seven times (2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017) at least 10 women have earned over $1 million in a season on the LPGA Tour

  • 102 men golfers earned over $1 million on the PGA Tour in 2017

  • 51 men golfers earned over $1 million on the European Tour in 2017 (some players made both the PGA and European Tour lists)
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