Money makers: Ranking the richest seasons in women's golf

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Money makers: Ranking the richest seasons in women's golf

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Money makers: Ranking the richest seasons in women's golf

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NAPLES, Fla. – On the eve of the biggest payday in the history of women’s golf – $1.5 million – we take a look at the LPGA’s most lucrative seasons. Not even a victory tomorrow from Jin Young Ko would top Lorena Ochoa’s 2007 season, when the World Golf Hall of Famer won eight tournaments and finished second five times. Ochoa banked $4,364,994 that year, the most of any player in LPGA history.

Yani Tseng came the closest to Ochoa in 2011, when she earned $2,921,713. Tseng triumphed seven times that year, winning two major titles and finishing runner-up twice.

Ko, the 2019 Rolex LPGA Player of the Year, came into the final event with $2,714,281. While she can’t catch Ochoa, a second-place finish at the CME would make Ko the second player to break the $3 million mark. A victory would get her to $4,214,281.

Ko won two majors this season and has a chance to join Annika Sorenstam as the only players in LPGA history to break 69 in scoring. The World No. 1 surged up the leaderboard on Saturday with a 66. Second place at the CME gets a $480,000 paycheck.

Annika Sorenstam ranks third on the all-time list with $2,863,904 in 2002. She won 11 times that year and finished runner-up on three occasions.

Mickey Wright owns the LPGA record for most wins in a season. She won 13 times in 1963 and earned $31,269.

And what about Nancy Lopez’s incredible 1978 rookie season, when she won nine times? She collected $189,814 for her efforts that year.

Take a look at the LPGA’s annual money leaders throughout the years.

LPGA annual money leaders

Rank Year Player Money
1 2007 Lorena Ochoa $4,364,994
2 2011 Yani Tseng $2,921,713
3 2002 Annika Sorenstam $2,863,904
4 2015 Lydia Ko $2,800,802
5 2008 Lorena Ochoa $2,763,193
6 2018 Ariya Jutanugarn $2,743,949
7 2006 Lorena Ochoa $2,592,872
8 2005 Annika Sorenstam $2,588,872
9 2016 Ariya Jutanugarn $2,550,947
10 2004 Annika Sorenstam $2,544,707
11 2014 Stacy Lewis $2,539,039
12 2013 Inbee Park $2,456,619
13 2017 Sung Hyun Park $2,335,883
14 2012 Inbee Park $2,287,080
15 2001 Annika Sorenstam $2,105,868
16 2003 Annika Sorenstam $2,029,506
17 2000 Karrie Webb $1,876,853
18 2010 Na Yeon Choi $1,871,165
19 2009 Jiyai Shin $1,807,334
20 1999 Karrie Webb $1,591,959
21 1997 Annika Sorenstam $1,236,789
22 1998 Annika Sorenstam $1,092,748
23 1996 Karrie Webb $1,002,000
24 1990 Beth Daniel $863,578
25 1991 Pat Bradley $763,118
26 1992 Dottie Mochrie (Pepper) $693,335
27 1994 Laura Davies $687,201
28 1995 Annika Sorenstam $666,533
29 1989 Betsy King $654,132
30 1993 Betsy King $595,992
31 1986 Pat Bradley $492,021
32 1987 Ayako Okamoto $466,034
33 1985 Nancy Lopez $416,472
34 1988 Sherri Turner $350,851
35 1982 JoAnne Carner $310,400
36 1983 JoAnne Carner $291,404
37 1984 Betsy King $266,771
38 1980 Beth Daniel $231,000
39 1981 Beth Daniel $206,998
40 1979 Nancy Lopez $197,489
41 1978 Nancy Lopez $189,814
42 1976 Judy Rankin $150,734
43 1977 Judy Rankin $122,890
44 1974 JoAnne Carner $87,094
45 1973 Kathy Whitworth $82,864
46 1975 Sandra Palmer $76,374
47 1972 Kathy Whitworth $65,063
48 1969 Carol Mann $49,152
49 1968 Kathy Whitworth $48,379
50 1971 Kathy Whitworth $41,181
51 1966 Kathy Whitworth $33,517
52 1967 Kathy Whitworth $32,937
53 1963 Mickey Wright $31,269
54 1970 Kathy Whitworth $30,235
55 1964 Mickey Wright $29,800
56 1965 Kathy Whitworth $28,658
57 1959 Betsy Rawls $26,774
58 1961 Mickey Wright $22,236
59 1962 Mickey Wright $21,641
60 1956 Marlene Hagge $20,235
61 1953 Louise Suggs $19,816
62 1960 Louise Suggs $16,892
63 1955 Patty Berg $16,492
64 1957 Patty Berg $16,272
65 1954 Patty Berg $16,011
66 1951 Babe Zaharias $15,087
67 1950 Babe Zaharias $14,800
68 1952 Betsy Rawls $14,505
69 1958 Beverly Hanson $12,639

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