Golf is a game that may be more known for its male superstars – think Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, etc. – but its female stars are making big bucks nowadays, and it’s increasingly apparent as they get older and more experienced on the LPGA Tour and off it.
Although earnings for individual golf tournaments usually clock up to about six figures each, combined earnings over the years have added up nicely for these 10 women: the lowest entry on this list comes up to $7.9 million in total – a total garnered by the current number one-ranked female golfer in the world, 25-year-old Inbee Park. This list peaks at $18.5 million by a golfer who turned pro 20 years ago, which goes to show that golfers as young as Park can still challenge for that top spot some time in the future.
Following the retirement of Annika Sorenstam in 2008, there isn’t really a slam-dunk choice for the number one female golfer in the world, therefore a true definitive list of the best female golfers currently playing can be up for debate. However, this top 10 list will be focusing on whose championship victories have given them paydays that have combined nicely enough with each other to give them career winnings well into the millions.
Some golfers on this list are still in their mid-20s, while others are into their 40s and still playing competitively and holding their own despite having families at home. Clearly, golf is far from being a gender-specific sport, and these 10 women have proven that time and time again with one championship victory after another. Let’s take a look at the top 10 female golfers with the highest career winnings over the course of each golfer’s professional career.
10 Inbee Park - Career Winnings: $7.9 million
9 Angela Stanford - Career Winnings: $8.2 million
8 Catriona Matthew - Career Winnings: $8.4 million
7 Na Yeon Choi - Career Winnings: $8.7 million
6 Yani Tseng - Career Winnings: $9.4 million
5 Paula Creamer - Career Winnings: $10.8 million
4 Suzann Pettersen - Career Winnings: $11.8 million
3 Se Ri Pak - Career Winnings: $12.3 million
2 Cristie Kerr - Career Winnings: $15.1 million
1 Karrie Webb - Career Winnings: $18.5 million
Although many of the golfers on this list have professional win counts in the double digits, Karrie Webb’s accomplishments over the course of her 20-year career have simply been staggering. The Aussie golfer has won 56 professional championships, 40 of them coming on the LPGA tour. Among her seven major championship wins are two U.S. Women’s Open Victories, as well as a more recent victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2006. Webb has also racked up $18.5 million in career winnings, having most recently triumphed at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open in February, beating Chella Choi by one stroke at 12 under par.
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