Top 10 money earners for the 2021-22 season

When fans talk about professional golf these days, it doesn’t take long for the conversation to turn to the PGA Tour’s battle for supremacy against LIV Golf.

While the PGA Tour still has an edge in the talent department, there’s no denying the financial power LIV wields thanks to its backing from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. Even commissioner Jay Monahan has admitted he can’t compete financially with his rivals at LIV Golf, but that doesn’t mean players on the Tour are playing for peanuts.

While Scottie Scheffler set a season-long record with $14,046,910 in earnings, 126 players earned more than $1 million in the 2021-22 Tour season, with the Tour reporting an average of $1,621,221 in on-field earnings. Another 37 players won more than $500,000.

See how much money the Tour’s top players earned this season.

More money: PGA Tour all-time money list

1. Scottie Scheffler – $14,046,910

After the US Open, with 10 events remaining on the Tour schedule, Scheffler set a new record for the most official money won in a PGA Tour season. Thanks to four Tour-best wins, Scheffler has earned a total of $14,046,910, a whopping $4 million from second.

Masters 2022

Masters 2022

Scottie Scheffler addresses the crowd wearing his green jacket during the final round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. (Photo: Adam Cairns-Augusta Chronicle/USA TODAY Sports)

2. Cameron Smith – $10,107,897

Smith has picked up huge wins at the British Open and Players Championship this season and was one of the favorites for the FedEx Cup going into the playoffs, which were reported to be taking place soon at LIV Golf. Smith didn’t exactly deny his involvement with LIV, where he reportedly had 10 times what he earned this season, his best on tour.

Open Championship 2022

Open Championship 2022

Cameron Smith speaks to the media during a press conference after winning the 150th Open Championship golf tournament at the Old Course in St. Andrews. (Photo: Michael Madrid/USA TODAY Sports)

3. Will Zalatoris – $9,405,082

Zalatoris earned his long-awaited first win at the FedEx St. Jude to cap off an impressive start to his professional career. A back injury has sidelined the rising star for the past two weeks and the young American will also miss next month’s Presidents Cup, where he would have been a leading contender to be captain’s pick.

FedEx Championship St.  Jude 2022

FedEx Championship St. Jude 2022

Will Zalatoris reacts after making a par on No. 18 during the final round of the FedEx St. Louis Championship. Jude on Sunday, August 14, 2022, at TPC Southwind in Memphis.

4. Patrick Cantlay – $9,369,605

Cantlay became the first player ever to defend a title in a FedEx Cup playoff event and is in a great position to defend his FedEx Cup title as well entering the Tour Championship at East Lake. Cantlay also won the Zurich Classic in New Orleans with teammate Xander Schauffele in April.

BMW Championship 2022

BMW Championship 2022

Patrick Cantlay poses with the BMW Trophy and the Western Golf Association Trophy after winning the 2022 BMW Championship in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

5. Rory McIlroy – $8,654,566

This year has been a big one for McIlroy, who has as many wins as cuts (two). You could even argue that the Northern Irishman should have won a few more trophies with close calls at the Masters (2nd), Wells Fargo (5th), PGA Championship (8th), US Open (T-5) and British Open (3rd ).

2022 RBC Canadian Open

2022 RBC Canadian Open

Rory McIlroy celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2022 RBC Canadian Open in St. George’s Golf & Country Club in Etobicoke, Ontario. (Photo: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

6. Xander Schauffele – $7,427,299

One of three players to win three times on Tour this season, second most behind Scheffler, Schauffele won Zurich with Cantlay, the Travelers in June and the loaded Genesis Scottish Open in July. His earnings of $7,427,299 are $2 million more than his last best season in 2019.

FedEx Championship St.  Jude 2022

FedEx Championship St. Jude 2022

Xander Schauffele smiles after finishing practice on the TPC Southwind driving range on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, two days before the start of the FedEx St. Louis Championship. Jude in Memphis, TN.

7. Sam Burns – $7,073,986

The 2021-22 season was a party for Burns. The other three-time winner along with Smith and Schauffle, Burns won at Sanderson Farms in the fall and defended his title through a playoff at the Valspar Championship in March. He added Charles Schwab in May, also in the playoffs. He will make his Presidents Cup debut next month for Team USA.

Sam Burns poses with the trophy after winning the final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson on October 3, 2021 in Jackson, Mississippi. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

8. Matt Fitzpatrick – $7,012,672

Fitzpatrick had a strong year, earning almost half of his earnings for the year from his US Open win ($3,150,000). Not only that, Fitzpatrick’s major league earnings were more than he had ever earned in an entire Tour season ($2,252,351 in 2021).

2022 US Open

2022 US Open

Matt Fitzpatrick celebrates with caddy Billy Foster after hitting the 18th green during the final round of the 122nd US Open at The Country Club on June 19, 2022 in Brooklyn, Massachusetts. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

9. Justin Thomas – $6,829,576

Another major win, another top-10 showing on the money list. Thomas won his second PGA Championship in May via a playoff with Zalatoris. His $6,829,576 for 2021-22 is fourth-best of his career. His best season, you ask? That would be when he was a five-time winner in 2017 and earned $9,921,560.

Justin Thomas enters the FedExCup Playoffs 8th in the standings. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

10. Cameron Young – $6,520,598

In his first full season on Tour, Young finished second five times with 17 cuts. Like his friend Zalatoris, he’s constantly in the mix and will appear on these lists for years to come.

2022 PGA Championship

2022 PGA Championship

Cameron Young celebrates his eagle on the 17th hole during the third round of the 2022 NCAA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club. (Photo: Eric Gay/Associated Press)

No. 11-100

Position

Player

Events

Money award

11

Tony Finau

24

$6,117,886

12

Hideki Matsuyama

20

$5,776,298

13

Sungjae Im

25

$5,567,974

14

Max Homa

23

$5,289,842

15

John Rahm

18

$5,248,220

16

Joaquin Nieman

23

$5,076,060

17

Jordan Spieth

21

$5,018,444

18

Billy Horsell

21

$4,940,600

19

Viktor Hovland

20

$4,868,461

20

Colin Morikawa

18

$4,837,271

21

Sep Straka

32

$4,722,434

22

Tom Hodge

31

$4,310,046

23

Scott Stallings

30

$3,933,593

24

Corey Connors

24

$3,876,590

25

Kevin Kisner

24

$3,757,424

26

Talor Gooch

22

$3,718,990

27

Keegan Bradley

25

$3,623,137

28

Shane Lowry

18

$3,616,679

29

Aaron Wise

23

$3,454,521

30

KH Lee

27

$3,347,180

31

JT Poston

29

$3,292,443

32

Brian Harman

26

$3,226,839

33

Davis Riley

29

$3,190,793

34

Sahith Theegala

31

$3,124,668

35

Seamus Power

26

$3,100,241

36

Anirban Lahiri

24

$3,084,598

37

Keith Mitchell

26

$3,068,341

38

Cameron Tringale

29

$3,050,519

39

JJ Spaun

29

$2,951,152

40

Adam Scott

19

$2,913,198

41

Danny McCarthy

29

$2,882,771

42

Tommy Fleetwood

17

$2,874,008

43

Tyrell Hutton

19

$2,849,792

44

Russell Henley

22

$2,837,505

45

Joohyung Kim

11

$2,824,580

46

Mito Pereira

27

$2,797,925

47

Lucas Lista

28

$2,734,720

48

Maverick McNeely

27

$2,689,754

49

Adam Hadwin

26

$2,574,396

50

Lucas Herbert

20

$2,558,440

51

Kurt Kitayama

24

$2,547,912

52

Sebastián Muñoz

25

$2,545,121

53

Brendan Steele

23

$2,531,909

54

Chris Kirk

25

$2,408,913

55

Jason Kokrak

19

$2,339,960

56

Taylor Prentice

21

$2,330,840

57

Harold Varner III

23

$2,294,141

58

Mackenzie Hughes

27

$2,276,212

59

Si Woo Kim

29

$2,234,151

60

Christiaan Bezuidenhout

24

$2,233,289

61

Trey Mullinax

28

$2,172,365

62

Emiliano Grillo

28

$2,094,647

63

Matt Kuchar

20

$2,051,300

64

Marc Leishman

23

$2,015,561

65

Gary Woodland

23

$1,992,732

66

Cam Davis

25

$1,989,011

67

Alex Noren

22

$1,971,531

68

Lucas Glover

28

$1,941,796

69

Andrew Putnam

30

$1,920,393

70

Matt Jones

20

$1,914,560

71

Chez Reavie

28

$1,908,670

72

Troy Merritt

26

$1,906,304

73

Abraham Ancer

18

$1,777,504

74

Daniel Berger

12

$1,769,539

75

Taylor Moore

28

$1,751,237

76

Paul Casey

7

$1,740,282

77

Lando Griffin

23

$1,717,566

78

Bo Hosler

23

$1,716,430

79

Hudson Swafford

21

$1,714,926

80

Joel Dahmen

26

$1,712,942

81

Russell Knox

28

$1,683,424

82

Brendon Todd

25

$1,659,052

83

John Huh

26

$1,631,948

84

Alex Smalley

30

$1,631,567

85

Wyndham Clarke

30

$1,544,055

86

Matthew Nesmith

28

$1,539,142

87

Matthew Wolff

16

$1,485,181

88

Brandon W

26

$1,472,515

89

Justin Rose

18

$1,426,994

90

Lee Hodges

29

$1,377,251

91

Adam Long

28

$1,364,131

92

Kevin Streelman

27

$1,354,092

93

Doug Gimme

29

$1,347,458

94

Aaron Ray

28

$1,346,601

95

Adam Schenk

32

$1,339,523

96

Patrick Rogers

27

$1,327,382

97

Brooks Koepka

16

$1,317,085

98

CT Univ

24

$1,313,259

99

Hayden Buckley

30

$1,303,036

100

Stephan Jaeger

31

$1,289,503

The story originally appeared on GolfWeek

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