Who are golf’s highest-paid players in 2023? PGA Tour money list and earnings
It is widely known that golf is a sport associated with vast amounts of money, and its top players are among the highest-paid athletes globally.
With the kind of money that LIV Golf threw around over the last year, it should be no surprise that PGA golfers benefited from the competition. Love or hate the Saudi-backed Tour, it definitely helped Viktor Hovland and the PGA Tour’s top players bring in record amounts of cash.
PGA Tour vs LIV Golf upped the ante
When news broke of the nine-figure sums offered to golfers such as Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson to leave the PGA Tour last year for LIV Golf, we knew that we were in for a wild ride. The Saudi-backed league with seemingly endless pockets plunged the sport into political controversy, with accusations of ‘sport washing’ front and center. From there, we saw bans handed out to players who jumped ship, litigation between both sides and even calls from the likes of Tiger Woods for the resignation of LIV’s CEO, Greg Norman.
Despite that soap opera of affairs, few could have predicted what came next: A proposed merger between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf. In truth, the dust still hasn’t settled on that one as players continue to criticize the PGA’s leadership while the possibility of regulatory investigations is increasing in likelihood. Yet, in all of this, there’s one thing that’s largely slipped under the radar and that’s the amount of money in the game i.e., it’s increased significantly. Frankly, one could argue that as a direct result of LIV Golf’s ‘disruptive’ movement, the purses for many tournaments have experienced major jumps. This of course brings us to the list of those who are benefitting from that pay rise today.
2023 PGA money list and earnings
Viktor Hovland won $18 million at the 2023 Tour Championship to push him to the top of the money rankings. Here’s a look at the top-10 money earners on the PGA Tour: