[PHOTO: Gregory Shamus]

Yes, we all know that prizemoney payouts were up—way up!—on the PGA Tour during the 2022-2023 season. With the introduction of “designated” (soon-to-be “signature”) events with purses jumping into $US20 million neighbourhood for more than a dozen tournaments—a response to the influx of money into pro golf from the launch of LIV Golf—the overall money up for grabs was $US428.6 million.

Naturally, then, players were going to bank lots more loot than in previous years, allowing more tour pros to break through various career-earning milestones. For instance, the top money earner on tour this season was Scottie Scheffler, who made a single-season record of $US21,014,341 in 23 starts. That allowed the 27-year-old to leap through not just the $30 million career-earnings barrier but the $40 million mark, too.

Still, the sheer number of pros who jumped past certain round-number money thresholds ($10 million, $20 million, $30 million, etc.) feels fairly shocking, even with the caveat that this was likely to happen. Consider that three tour pros (Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott) joined the $60 million career-earnings club, boosting the overall number from six to nine (an increase of 50 percent).

Meanwhile, five more tour pros can boast having earned at least $40 million in their careers, increasing the overall number from 25 to 30 (a 20 percent bump). Interestingly, one of those five was Brooks Koepka, who, despite not being a PGA Tour member, saw his earnings in PGA Tour-sanctioned events increase by $5,057,192 to $43,044,449 thanks to a win at the PGA Championship and a runner-up at the Masters.

The overall career PGA Tour moneylist looks a lot different in late 2023 than it did just 12 months ago, with a total of 39 different tour pros jump past eight-figure round-number money thresholds. We also explored two other “smaller” benchmarks, $5 million and $1 million, and well, there are plenty more tour pros who are now members of those earnings clubs, too.

Here’s each milestone with the number of “new” members and the overall total (all figures in $US, Australians shown in bold).

$80 million (1 new, 3 overall)

Rory McIlroy ($80,095,557)

$70 million (1 new, 6 overall)

Rory McIlroy
McIlroy made $13.9 million during the 2022-2023 season, allowing him to become the sixth player ever to make $70 million or more on tour and then the third (only behind Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson) to exceed $80 million in earnings.

$60 million (3 new, 9 overall)

Justin Rose
Jordan Spieth
Adam Scott

$50 million (1 new, 14 overall)

Jon Rahm

$40 million (5 new, 30 overall)

Jon Rahm
Rahm was another player to jump through two money thresholds thanks to earning $16.5 million in 2022-23.
Brooks Koepka
Scottie Scheffler
Patrick Cantlay
Keegan Bradley

$30 million (3 new, 53 overall)

Scottie Scheffler
Lucas Glover
Brian Harman

$20 million (11 new, 111 overall)

Viktor Hovland
Hovland’s $18 million haul for winning the FedEx Cup isn’t not included in official career money earned.
Sungjae Im
Max Homa
Matt Fitzpatrick
Si Woo Kim
Sam Burns
Chez Reavie
Tyrrell Hatton
Tommy Fleetwood
Fleetwood is the all-time leading earner on the PGA Tour without a victory to his credit.
Adam Hadwin
Emiliano Grillo

$10 million (17 new, 243 overall)

Wyndham Clark
Nick Taylor
Sepp Straka
Denny McCarthy
Ben An
Keith Mitchell
Patrick Rodgers
Cameron Young
Alex Noren
David Lingmerth
Cam Davis
K.H. Lee
Joel Dahmen
Seamus Power
J.J. Spaun
Tom Kim
Sahith Theegala
McCarthy, An, Rodgers, Young and Noren all joined the $10 million club without having won a PGA Tour event in their careers.

$5 million (15 new, 377 overall)

Adam Schenk
Kurt Kitayama
Mark Hubbard
Taylor Moore
Zac Blair
Tyler Duncan
Adam Svensson
Davis Riley
Matt Wallace
Matt NeSmith
Michael Kim
Henrik Norlander
Cameron Percy
Lee Hodges
Christian Bezuidenhout

$1 million (21 new, 648 overall)

Eric Cole
Justin Suh
Taylor Montgomery
Ben Griffin
Austin Eckroat
Akshay Bhatia
Ben Taylor
Davis Thompson
Dylan Wu
Justin Lower
Harry Hall
Andrew Novak
Vincent Norrman
Austin Smotherman
Carson Young
Ludvig Aberg
Max McGreevy
Kevin Yu
Tyson Alexander
Zecheng Dou
M.J. Daffue