Almost any other season, Minjee Lee’s earnings of $3,809,960 would have topped the LPGA money list. But with the CME Group Tour Championship offering a record $2 million prize for first place, Lydia Ko’s season-ending victory propelled her to the top of the list for 2022 at $4,364,403. Lee finished second.
Ko moved up to fifth on the LPGA career money list with $16,695,357, ahead of Lorena Ochoa. Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb, Cristie Kerr and Inbee Park are the four players ahead of Ko.
A record six players have crossed the $2 million mark this season on the LPGA and 27 players have made seven figures.
Where do KO’s season earnings fall in history? Continue reading:
Lorena Ochoa’s period of dominance began in 2006 with a major championship record of 62 at Kraft Nabisco (now Chevron). Ochoa won six events in 2006 and picked up his first Rolex Player of the Year award. She also won the Vare Trophy (awarded to the player with the lowest scoring average) and topped the money list. She finished in the top 10 in 21 or 25 starts.
Ariya Jutanugarn’s three-win season in 2018 was highlighted by a US Women’s Open, her second major title. Jutanugarn’s three-game winning season set single-season records in round 60s and birdies. She won the LPGA Player of the Year, the Vare Trophy and the silver title.
Ochoa’s 2008 season included his second major championship title at what is now the Chevron Championship. The following week, she won the Corona Championship in Mexico by 11 strokes to earn the final point needed for the LPGA Hall of Fame. Once again, Ochoa won Player of the Year and Vare Trophy awards. She won seven times in 2008 and won the silver title for a third consecutive year.
Jin Young Ko’s second full season on the LPGA included two major titles (ANA Inspiration and Evian Championship). She won four LPGA events in 2019 and went bogey-free for a record-breaking 114-hole round. Ko won the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average and Player of the Year titles with a dozen top 10s. She finished second three times.
Lydia Ko won five times in 2015, along with six other top 3 finishes. She became the youngest player to reach world No. 1 at 17. Over the summer, Ko won her third Canadian Women’s Open title and became the youngest major champion in LPGA history at the Evian Championship.
In November, Ko became the youngest to win the Rolex LPGA POY title.
Annika Sorenstam won 11 times in 23 starts in 2002, with six more top threes. Sorenstam won her fifth Player of the Year award and her fifth Vare Trophy. The remarkable Swede defended her title at what is now known as the Chevron Championship, winning her fourth major title.
Yani Tseng became world No. 1 in early 2011. She went on to win back-to-back major titles including the LPGA Championship and the British Women’s Open at Carnoustie. She became the youngest player, male or female, to win five major tournaments.
Perhaps the highlight of the year, however, was when she won the first LPGA event on Taiwanese soil in front of huge crowds. Tseng won seven titles in 2011, running away with the POY title.
Jin Young Ko’s torrid streak through the second half of 2021 featured five wins, including the CME Group Tour Championship. His 66 Founders Cup finals allowed him to equal Sorenstam’s record of 14 straight innings in the 1960s.
Ko did it 19 times in 2021, landing 13 top 10s. She won her second POY title and topped the awards list for a third consecutive year.
Lydia Ko’s comeback season began with a victory at the Gainbridge LPGA in January and ended with a $2 million salary at the CME Group Tour Championship. Ko has won three times this season and finished in the top 10 a total of 14 times in 22 starts. Ko won Player of the Year and Vare Trophy honors and topped the earning list, finishing just $591 off the all-time high.
The former phenom has become the 15th different player to win the POY at least twice.
The 2007 season was iconic for Ochoa, who overtook Sorenstam as world number one. 1 in April. Her eight victories include the first women’s British Open ever at the Old Course in St. Andrews. She was going to win her next two events.
Ochoa again won the Vare Trophy and Player of the Year awards. Her earnings of $4,364,994 remain a record for women’s golf.
|1969||Carol Mann||49 152|
|nineteen eighty one||Beth Daniel||206,998|
|1982||JoAnne Carner||310 400|
|1983||JoAnne Carner||291 404|
|1985||Nancy Lopez||416 472|
|1988||Sherri Turner||350 851|
|1989||Betsy King||654 132|
|1990||Beth Daniel||863 578|
|1991||Pat Bradley||763 118|
|1992||Dottie Mochrie (pepper)||693,335|
|1993||Betsy King||595 992|
|1994||Laura Davies||687 201|
|2009||Jiyai Shin||1 807 334|
|2010||After Yeon Choi||1,871,165|
|2017||Sung Hyun Park||2,335,883|
|2019||Jin Young Ko||2,773,894|
|2020||Jin Young Ko||1,667,925|
|2021||Jin Young Ko||3,502,161|