Which Golfer Could Use $10 Million the Most?

So here we are. The final PGA Tour event of the season is underway, the climactic Tour Championship. Winner of the tournament gets $1.4 million, but really what the players seek is the $10 million that comes with winning the FedExCup points race.

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That nice little payout would be more than any golfer has earned this year on the PGA Tour. But really, some guys could use it more than others. Not that any golfer playing in Atlanta this weekend is truly hurting; each of the 30 has earned at least $1.6 million this season.

But we took a look at each of the 30 qualifiers for the FedExCup’s final round and how much they have earned this year and in their careers. There’s quite a discrepancy from top to bottom.

Now, of course, some guys are further along in their careers than others. Rookie Jordan Spieth, for example, has collected $3,171,819.50 this year – and in his career. The 20-year-old is the youngest player ever to compete in the Tour Championship, and will go up against 46-year-old Steve Stricker, the oldest player in the field this week; he’s earned more than $38 million in his career.

Still, the numbers are interesting regardless of career length. While a 37-year-old Tiger Woods has raked in more than $8.4 million this year and over $109 million in his career, 33-year-old Brendon de Jonge added $1.6 million this year to a career total of $8 million. Luke Donald may own more than $30.6 million in his career, but only $1.7 of that came this year. Roberto Castro boasts $2,682,259 in his career – $1,927,164 from the past nine months.

Here are all the numbers (figures are from PGA Tour only; they do not include earnings from other pro tours, special appearances or endorsements):

Top 5 Tour Championship players on 2013 money list
(FedExCup rank in parenthesis)
1) Tiger Woods – $8,407,839.00 (1)
2) Matt Kuchar – $5,483,208.50 (5)
3) Phil Mickelson – $5,295,793.00 (8)
4) Brandt Snedeker – $5,166,087.50 (10)
5) Henrik Stenson – $4,948,230.00 (2)

Bottom 5 Tour Championship players on 2013 money list
1) Brendon de Jonge – $1,636,844.10 (27)
2) Gary Woodland – $1,770,132.00 (17)
3) Luke Donald – $1,772,246.10 (29)
4) Roberto Castro – $1,927,164.30 (24)
5) Sergio Garcia – $2,023,405.30 (25)

Top 5 Tour Championship players on career money list
1) Tiger Woods – $109,358,539 (1)
2) Phil Mickelson – $72,940,492 (8)
3) Jim Furyk – $55,750,638 (11)
4) Steve Stricker – $38,812,093 (6)
5) Adam Scott –$33,025,465 (3)

Bottom 5 Tour Championship players on career money list
1) Roberto Castro – $2,682,259 (24)
2) Jordan Spieth – $3,171,820 (13)
3) Billy Horschel – $4,256,904 (22)
4) Graham Delaet – $4,734,007 (7)
5) Gary Woodland – $6,028,448 (17)

Complete list of earnings for all 30 Tour Championship players
FedExCup rank                 Season earnings (season rank)         Career earnings
1. Tiger Woods                   $8,407,839.00 (1)                              $109,358,539
2. Henrik Stenson             $4,948,230.00 (5)                              $13,072,285
3. Adam Scott                     $4,719,011.00 (6)                               $33,025,465
4. Zach Johnson                $3,780,509.00 (8)                              $30,057,802
5. Matt Kuchar                  $5,483,208.50 (2)                               $26,282,427
6. Steve Stricker                $3,732,531.80 (9)                               $38,812,093    
7. Graham DeLaet             $2,703,700.30 (19)                            $4,734,007
8. Phil Mickelson              $5,295,793.00 (3)                              $72,940,492
9. Justin Rose                    $3,858,148.00 (7)                              $24,989,765
10. Brandt Snedeker         $5,166,087.50 (4)                              $21,264,311            
11. Jim Furyk                      $3,031,179.30 (15)                             $55,750,638
12. Nick Watney                $2,304,039.00 (24)                           $21,036,314
13. Jordan Spieth              $3,171,819.50 (14)                              $3,171,820    
14. Jason Day                    $3,451,429.80 (10)                             $13,654,756
15. Hunter Mahan            $2,884,164.00 (18)                            $24,607,057
16. Keegan Bradley          $3,436,812.50 (11)                              $11,106,071
17. Gary Woodland          $1,770,132.00 (42)                             $6,028,448
18. Bill Haas                      $3,336,362.50 (12)                             $17,435,756
19. Kevin Streelman        $2,949,084.50 (16)                             $8,997,019
20. Jason Dufner             $2,904,534.30 (17)                             $15,350,543
21. Webb Simpson           $2,573,581.80 (22)                             $14,618,789
22. Billy Horschel            $3,237,703.30 (13)                              $4,256,904
23. Charl Schwartzel       $2,127,122.50 (27)                              $6,826,446
24. Roberto Castro          $1,927,164.30 (35)                              $2,682,259
25. Sergio Garcia             $2,023,405.30 (31)                             $32,605,980
26. Boo Weekley              $2,658,661.80 (20)                             $10,873,884
27. Brendon de Jonge     $1,636,844.10 (52)                              $8,045,268
28. D.A. Points                 $2,525,287.00 (23)                             $9,321,699
29. Luke Donald              $1,772,246.10 (41)                               $30,632,679
30. Dustin Johnson        $2,643,213.80 (21)                              $19,587,913

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