The Top 10 LPGA Single-Season Money List Winners in History

The Top 10 LPGA Single-Season Money List Winners in History

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 of Mexico follows up on a tee shot during the fourth round of the Tres Marias Championship at the Tres Marias Country Club on May 2, 2010 in Morelia, Mexico. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

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.

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Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand plays her shot from the first tee during day four of the Amundi Evian Championship at The Evian Resort Golf Club on July 25, 2021 in Evian-les-Bains, France. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

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.

Lorena Ochoa of Mexico throws her ball marker onto the 16th green during their second round match at the HSBC Women’s World Match Play Championship at Hamilton Farm Golf Club July 7, 2006.

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 of Korea reacts on the 18th hole during the pursuit in the final round of the 75th US Women’s Open Championship at Champions Golf Club Cypress Creek Course on December 14, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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 of New Zealand speaks to the media during her press conference after winning the Evian Championship Golf on September 13, 2015 in Evian-les-Bains, France. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

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.

Sweden’s Annika Sorenstam poses with the trophy after winning her second Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills CC in Rancho Mirage, CA. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

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 poses with the NW Arkansas Championship trophy after winning the LPGA Golf Tournament in Rogers, Arkansas on Sunday, September 1. 11, 2011. Tseng won in the playoffs with South Korea’s Amy Yang.

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 of Korea poses with the Rolex Player of the Year trophy after winning the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Club on November 21, 2021 in Naples, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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.

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Lydia Ko poses for a photo with the Vare Trophy, Rolex Player of the Year Trophy and CME Globe Trophy after winning the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Club on November 20, 2022 in Naples, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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.

Lorena Ochoa

Lorena Ochoa of Mexico celebrates saving par on the 18th green during the third round of the Corona Championship April 28, 2007 at Tres Marias Club de Golf in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico.

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.

Year Player Silver
1950 Baby Zaharias 14,800
1951 Baby Zaharias 15,087
1952 Betsy Rawls 14,505
1953 Louise Suggestions 19,816
1954 Patty Berg 16,011
1955 Patty Berg 16,492
1956 Marlene Hagge 20,235
1957 Patty Berg 16,272
1958 beverly hanson 12,639
1959 Betsy Rawls 26,774
1960 Louise Suggestions 16,892
1961 mickey wright 22,236
1962 mickey wright 21,641
1963 mickey wright 31,269
1964 mickey wright 29,800
1965 Kathy Whitworth 28,658
1966 Kathy Whitworth 33,517
1967 Kathy Whitworth 32,937
1968 Kathy Whitworth 48,379
1969 Carol Mann 49 152
1970 Kathy Whitworth 30,235
1971 Kathy Whitworth 41,181
1972 Kathy Whitworth 65,063
1973 Kathy Whitworth 82,864
1974 JoAnne Carner 87,094
1975 Sandra Palmier 76,374
1976 Judy Rankin 150,737
1977 Judy Rankin 122,890
1978 Nancy Lopez 189,814
1979 Nancy Lopez 197,489
1980 Beth Daniel 231,000
nineteen eighty one Beth Daniel 206,998
1982 JoAnne Carner 310 400
1983 JoAnne Carner 291 404
1984 Betsy King 266,771
1985 Nancy Lopez 416 472
1986 Pat Bradley 492,021
1987 Ayako Okamoto 466,034
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
1995 Annika Sorenstam 666,533
1996 Karrie Webb 1,002,000
1997 Annika Sorenstam 1,236,789
1998 Annika Sorenstam 1,092,748
1999 Karrie Webb 1,591,959
2000 Karrie Webb 1,876,853
2001 Annika Sorenstam 2,105,868
2002 Annika Sorenstam 2,863,904
2003 Annika Sorenstam 2,029,506
2004 Annika Sorenstam 2,544,707
2005 Annika Sorenstam 2,588,240
2006 Lorena Ochoa 2,592,872
2007 Lorena Ochoa 4,364,994
2008 Lorena Ochoa 2,763,193
2009 Jiyai Shin 1 807 334
2010 After Yeon Choi 1,871,165
2011 Yani Tseng 2,921,713
2012 Inbee Park 2,287,080
2013 Inbee Park 2,456,619
2014 Stacy Lewis 2,539,039
2015 Lydia Co 2,800,802
2016 Ariya Jutanugarn 2,550,947
2017 Sung Hyun Park 2,335,883
2018 Ariya Jutanugarn 2,743,949
2019 Jin Young Ko 2,773,894
2020 Jin Young Ko 1,667,925
2021 Jin Young Ko 3,502,161
2022 Lydia Co 4,364,403

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