In 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 tournament offering a $2 million first-place prize, Lydia Ko’s win at the end of the season 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, Kari Webb, Christy Kerr and Enppi 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 won seven figures.
Where does Kuo’s season earnings rank in history? Read on:
Lorena Ochoa’s dominance began in 2006 with a tournament record grand 62 at Kraft Nabisco (now Chevron). Ochoa won six events in 2006 and earned her 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 has finished in the top ten in 21 of 25 starts.
Ariya Gutanugarn’s 3-win 2018 season was highlighted by the US Women’s Open, her second title. Jutanugarn’s three-win season set single-season records for runs in the 60s and birdies. She won the LPGA Player of the Year award, the Vare Cup and the Money title.
Ochoa’s 2008 season included her second major championship title in what is now the Chevron Championship. The following week she won the Corona Championship in Mexico by 11 strokes to earn the final spot needed for the LPGA Hall of Fame. Once again, Ochoa swept the Player of the Year and Vare Trophy honors. She won seven times in 2008 and took the money title for the third year in a row.
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 came off the bogey for a record 114 holes. Coe won the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average and Player of the Year honors with over a dozen honors. She has finished runner-up three times.
Lydia Ko has won five times in 2015, with an additional six times in the top three. She became the youngest player to reach No. 1 in the world at the age of seventeen. Over the summer, Ko won her third Women’s Canadian Open title and became the youngest Grand Champion in LPGA history at the Evian Championship.
In November, Ko became the youngest ever to win a Rolex LPGA POY title.
Annika Sorenstam won 11 times for 23 matches in 2002, with six more finishes in the top three. Sørenstam won its fifth Footballer of the Year title and its fifth VAR Cup. The gorgeous Swede defended her title at what is now known as the Chevron Championship, capturing her fourth major title.
Yani Tseng rose to world No. 1 in early 2011. She went on to win back-to-back major titles, including the LPGA Championship and the Women’s British Open in Carnoustie. She became the youngest player, male or female, to win five majors.
Perhaps the highlight of the year, though, was her win of her first LPGA event on Taiwanese soil in front of overwhelming crowds. Tseng won seven titles in 2011, shedding the POY title.
Jin Young Ko’s stretch in the second half of 2021 was marked by five wins, including the CME Group Tour Championship. Her shutout of 66 in the Founders’ Cup enabled her to set Sørenstam’s record 14 consecutive runs in the 1960s.
Koe bowled it 19 times in 2021, recording 13 top-10 finishes. She claimed her second POY title and topped the money list for the third year in a row.
Lydia Ko’s comeback season began with a win at the Gainbridge LPGA in January and ended with a $2 million payout at the CME Group Tour Championship. Ko 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 the Vare Trophy and topped the money list, finishing just $591 behind the all-time record.
The former phenomenon became the 15th different player to win POY at least twice.
The 2007 season was a special one for Ochoa, who overtook Sørenstam for world No. 1 in April. Her eight wins included the first ever Women’s British Open held at the Old Course at St Andrews. She would go on to win her next two events.
Ochoa again won the Vare Trophy and Player of the Year. Her earnings of $4,364,994 remains a women’s golf record.
|1992||Dhoti Moshri (Pepper)||69335|
|2010||Na Yun Choi||1,871,165|
|2017||Song Hyun Park||2,335,883|
|2019||Jin Young Ko||2,773,894|
|2020||Jin Young Ko||1,667,925|
|2021||Jin Young Ko||3,502,161|