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LPGA top 10 single-season money list winners in history

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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.

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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:

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Lorena Ochoa of Mexico follows a shot on the tee during the fourth round of the Tres Marías Championship at Tres Marías Country Club on May 2, 2010 in Morelia, Mexico. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

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.

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Arya Jutanugarn of Thailand plays her first tee shot during day four of the Amunde Evian Championship at Evian Resort Golf Club on July 25, 2021 in Evian-les-Bains, France. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

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.

Lorena Ochoa of Mexico throws her pen on the 16th green during her second round match of the HSBC Women’s World Championship at Hamilton Farm Golf Club on July 7, 2006.

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.

Korea’s Jin Young Koo pars the 18th hole during the final round of the 75th US Women’s Open at Champs Creek Club golf course on December 14, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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 Koe of New Zealand speaks to the media during her press conference after winning the Evian Championship Golf Tournament on September 13, 2015 in Evian-les-Bains, France. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

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.

Sweden’s Annika Sorenstam poses with the trophy after winning her second Craft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills CC in Rancho Mirage, California. digital photo. Mandatory credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

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 poses with the NW Arkansas Championship trophy after winning the LPGA Golf Championship in Rogers, Ark. , Sunday, September 11, 2011. Tseng won a playoff with South Korean Amy Yang.

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.

Korean Jin Young-koo wins the Rolex Player of the Year award after winning the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Club on November 21, 2021 in Naples, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reeves/Getty Images)

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.

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Lydia Ko poses for a photo with the Vare Trophy, Rolex Player of the Year Trophy and CME Globe Trophy after winning the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Club on November 20, 2022 in Naples, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reeves/Getty Images)

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.

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Lorena Ochoa of Mexico celebrates to save on the 18th green during the third round of the Corona Championship on April 28, 2007 at Tres Marías Club de Golf in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico.

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.

year player money
1950 Babe Zaharia 14800
1951 Babe Zaharia 15,087
1952 Betsy Rawls 14505
1953 Louise Suggs 19816
1954 Patty Berg 16011
1955 Patty Berg 16492
1956 Marilyn Haag 20,235
1957 Patty Berg 16272
1958 Beverly Hanson 12,639
1959 Betsy Rawls 26774
1960 Louise Suggs 16892
1961 Mickey Wright 22,236
1962 Mickey Wright 21,641
1963 Mickey Wright 31269
1964 Mickey Wright 29,800
1965 Cathy Whitworth 28658
1966 Cathy Whitworth 33517
1967 Cathy Whitworth 32937
1968 Cathy Whitworth 48379
1969 Carol Mann 49,152
1970 Cathy Whitworth 30235
1971 Cathy Whitworth 41181
1972 Cathy Whitworth 65,063
1973 Cathy Whitworth 82,864
1974 Joanne Karner 87,094
1975 Sandra Palmer 76374
1976 Judy Rankin 150,737
1977 Judy Rankin 122890
1978 Nancy Lopez 189,814
1979 Nancy Lopez 197,489
1980 Beth Daniel 231,000
1981 Beth Daniel 206,998
1982 Joanne Karner 310400
1983 Joanne Karner 291404
1984 Betsy King 266,771
1985 Nancy Lopez 416,472
1986 Pat Bradley 492,021
1987 Ayako Okamoto 466,034
1988 Sherry Turner 350851
1989 Betsy King 654,132
1990 Beth Daniel 863,578
1991 Pat Bradley 763118
1992 Dhoti Moshri (Pepper) 69335
1993 Betsy King 595992
1994 Laura Davies 687,201
1995 Annika Sorenstam 666,533
1996 Carrie Webb 1,002,000
1997 Annika Sorenstam 1,236,789
1998 Annika Sorenstam 1,092,748
1999 Carrie Webb 1,591,959
2000 Carrie Webb 1,876,853
2001 Annika Sorenstam 2,105,868
2002 Annika Sorenstam 2,863,904
2003 Annika Sorenstam 2,029,506
2004 Annika Sorenstam 2,544,707
2005 Annika Sorenstam 2,588,240
2006 Lauren Ochoa 2,592,872
2007 Lauren Ochoa 4,364,994
2008 Lauren Ochoa 2,763,193
2009 Yesterday, Shane 1,807,334
2010 Na Yun Choi 1,871,165
2011 Yani Tseng 2,921,713
2012 Enppi Park 2,287,080
2013 Enppi Park 2,456,619
2014 Stacy Lewis 2,539,039
2015 Lydia Ko 2,800,802
2016 Arya Gutanugarn 2,550,947
2017 Song Hyun Park 2,335,883
2018 Arya Gutanugarn 2,743,949
2019 Jin Young Ko 2,773,894
2020 Jin Young Ko 1,667,925
2021 Jin Young Ko 3,502,161
2022 Lydia Ko 4,364,403

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