Saturday, November 4, 2017

Most Money Won by One Golfer in One Year on the European Tour

What is the most money won by one golfer in one year on the European Tour? If you ever wondered what the answer is to that question than here is your answer. This article tells you the most money won by one golfer in one year on the European Tour.



A couple of notes first. The money listed here is for winnings only and does not include other earnings like endorsement money or appearance fees. The money included is all prize money won by playing in European Tour tournaments plus any bonus money won. Money won playing on the PGA Tour or any other tour is not counted unless the events played in were also co-sanctioned by the European Tour.

The European Tour has a playoff system called the Race to Dubai and the player who wins the playoff each year gets a $1.25 million bonus. So to make this list a player has to win that $1.25 million bonus.

All money below has been converted from Euros to dollars at the exchange rate prevalent at the dates listed.


Most Money Won by One Golfer in One Year on the European Tour


1. Rory McIlroy (2014) - $9.36 million

The most money ever won by one golfer in one year on the European Tour is $9.36 million which Rory McIlory won in 2014. During 2014, Rory McIlroy played in 14 European Tour events and won four of them. Listed below are McIlory's four wins and how much he won for each win.

  • BMW PGA Championship ($1.03 million)

  • British Open ($1.67 million)

  • WGC-Bridgestone Invitational ($1.53 million)

  • PGA Championship ($1.8 million)


Rory McIlroy won $6.03 million of his record earnings of $9.36 million on the European Tour from winning the four events listed above. The rest of his winnings came from non-1st place finishes in tournaments and the $1.25 million bonus he won from winning the Race to Dubai.

All four of Rory McIlroy's wins on the European Tour in 2014 were in events co-sanctioned by both the PGA Tour and European Tour. McIlroy's official winnings on the PGA Tour for 2014 were $8.2 million and he won another $2 million by finishing 3rd in the FedEx Cup for total earnings of $10.2 million. 

Most of the money he won for the year is counted on both tours but his bonus money is not. He won the Race to Dubai for $1.2 million and also won a $2 million bonus in the FedEx Cup Playoffs for $3.2 million in total bonus money on the year.

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