Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Most Money Won in One Year by Phil Mickelson Playing Golf

Phil Mickelson has won the second most money playing golf in the history the history of the game. His career earnings are just under $90 million, which is second to only Tiger Woods. Here is a list of the most money won in one year by Phil Mickelson playing golf.

The money shown here is only for playing golf. It does not include any endorsement money or appearance fee money. It's the money Phil Mickelson actually won playing golf in tournaments and does include FedEx Cup Playoff money since that money is directly won by results on the golf course.
Phil Mickelson does earn some $40 million a year from the companies that endorse him like Callaway, KPMG, Barclays, Exxon Mobil, Rolex and Amgen. Phil Mickelson also used to get millions of dollars annually in appearance fee money. None of that money is included here since it is not directly earned on the golf course.
Listed below are the top five years in which Phil Mickelson made the most money playing golf. Phil Mickelson has had a tremendous career playing golf with 44 career wins on the PGA Tour, and he has made a ton of money. But there are many younger players like Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka who have made far more money in one season than Phil Mickelson ever has.
That is for two reasons. The first reason is because the money payouts for winning on the PGA Tour today are much greater than when Phil Mickelson was in his prime. The other reason is because Phil Mickelson has not had all that much success playing in the FedEx Cup.
The FedEx Cup paid out $10 million to the winner from 2007 to 2018, and now pays out a whopping $15 million to the winner. Phil Mickelson has only once come close to winning the FedEx Cup as noted below.
The reality for golfers today is that the really big money earners are the players who win the FedEx Cup or are in the top five many times. In fairness to Phil Mickelson, the FedEx Cup was introduced in 2007 when he had already been playing on the PGA Tour for 15 years.
If he had had 15 more cracks at winning the FedEx Cup when he was younger he probably would have won it at least once and earned a lot more money.
Most Money Won in One Year by Phil Mickelson Playing Golf
1. Phil Mickelson (2019) - $11.6 million
The most money Phil Mickelson has ever earned in one year playing golf is $11.6 million which he earned in 2019. Mickelson only won one tournament during the year, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am ($1.368 million 1st prize), and only made $2.44 million in regular PGA Tour earnings.
But in 2019 Phil Mickelson beat Tiger Woods in a head to head match-up for a $9 million winner take all prize. Mickelson also earned $164,000 for finishing 47th in the 2019 FedEx Cup. When we add all that up we get $11.6 million.
2. Phil Mickelson (2009) - $9.49 million
The second most money Phil Mickelson has ever made in one year playing golf is $9.49 million. Mickelson originally set his personal best for money in one season in 2009.
During the season, Phil Mickelson won four times, and here are his four wins and the prize money he got for each win:
  • Northern Trust Open - $1.134 million
  • WGC-CA Championship - $1.4 million
  • WGC-HSBC Championship - $1.155 million (European Tour event)
  • The Tour Championship - $1.35 million

Adding up those four wins we get $5.039 million. Phil Mickelson also earned another $3 million in 2009 for finishing in 2nd place in the FedEx Cup. The rest of his earnings for 2009 came from earnings in tournaments he did not win.

3. Phil Mickelson (2007) - $8.61 million

In 2007, Phil Mickelson won or earned $8.61 million playing golf. Mickelson actually earned the most money of his career in official PGA Tour events in 2007 at $5.82 million. He also earned another $790,000 playing on the European Tour during 2007, and he earned another $2 million by finishing in 3rd place in the FedEx Cup.
During the 2007 season, Phil Mickelson recorded four wins. He won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am ($990,000 1st place payout), The Players Championship ($1.61 million), the Deutsche Bank Championship ($1.26 million) and the WGC-WSBC Championship ($425,829 on the European Tour). He also got nice money at the Scottish Open, $364,202 for a second place finish.

T-4. Phil Mickelson (2004) - $6.864 million

During the calendar year 2004, Phil Mickelson won or earned $6.324 million. Mickelson earned $5.785 million playing in PGA Tour official events during 2004. He also earned $400,000 for winning the PGA Grand Slam of Golf and $140,000 for winning the Skins Game, both of which were unofficial money events in 2004.
During the 2004 season, Phil Mickelson won two official events. He earned $1.17 million for winning the Masters and earned $810,000 for winning the Bob Hope Classic.

T-4. Phil Mickelson (2013) - $6.864 million

In 2013, Phil Mickelson won or earned $6.864 million. Phil made $5.50 million on the PGA Tour and also earned another $724,500 for winning the Scottish Open, and he earned $550,000 for his 9th place finish in the FedEx Cup. Mickelson also picked up another $88,800 for a 14th place finish at the WGC-HSBC Champions on the European Tour.
Phil Mickelson won just twice during the 2013 season, but one of the wins was at the British Open golf major. The other win was at the Scottish Open one week before the British Open. Mickelson earned $1.443 million for the 2013 British Open win.

6. Phil Mickelson (2005) - $5.97 million

Phil Mickelson won four tournaments on the PGA Tour in 2005, which is tied for his most for a season, but he only won $5.94 million for the year. His wins were the FBR Open ($936,000, now the Phoenix Open), AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am ($954,000), BellSouth Classic ($900,000) and the PGA Championship ($1.17 million for this golf major).
On the official money list for 2005, Phil Mickelson earned $5.7 million. He also earned $250,000 for his 2nd place finish at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf (unofficial money according to the PGA) and $20,000 for a 44th place finish at the Scottish Open on the European Tour.
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