Since a long season, it is not only related to the world of golf, the amount of money obtained in prizes is not directly related to the number of victories. And it is that, with the increase in prizes announced by the PGA Tour last October to face the challenge of LIV Golf, it is common to see that the greatest loot in its history is always distributed in the tournaments of the circuit, as it happened in the Ultimate British with Brian Harman.
This significant increase in compensation has benefited second-rate golfers, who live in a golden age in terms of earnings.
Up to 16 golfers have surpassed the barrier of 10 million dollars in benefits without having been crowned in any tournament, increasing their personal assets without taking home the trophy, highlighting Tommy Fleetwood, who has reached 18 million dollars.
The rest of the golfers of this curious club are the following: Golfer Benefits (in dollars)
Tommy Fleetwood $18,985,523
Cameron Tringale $17,310,004
Brian Davis $13,382,405
Briny Baird $13,251,178
Jeff Overton $12,790,635
Denny McCarthy $12,625,614
Patrick Rodgers $12.267056
Byeong Hun An $12,159,302
Brendon de Jonge $11,568,484
Cameron Young $11,410,753
Graham DeLaet $11,265,285
Alex Noren $11,244,376
Brett Quigley $11,058,693
Harold Varner III $10,618,502
Charlie Wi $10,079,659
David Hearn $10,070,854 The impetus for the creation of the Official World Golf Rankings came from the tournament committee of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, which in the eighties realized that the system it adopted, i.e.
sending invitations to participate in the British Open by analyzing each tour individually, was leading to the exclusion of more and more top-level players because they split their schedules over several different tours, and by the influential sports manager Mark McCormack, who became the first chairman of the international committee overseeing the creation of the league table.
The system used to develop the ranking was developed based on that of McCormack's World Golf Rankings, which had previously been published in his World of Professional Golf Annual from 1968 to 1985, which was an unofficial ranking and was not used for other purposes such as selecting players to invite to tournaments.
The first ranking was published before the 1986 edition of The Masters. The top six players were: Bernhard Langer, Severiano Ballesteros, Sandy Lyle, Tom Watson, Mark O'Meara and Greg Norman. The top three were therefore European players, but among the top fifty thirty-one were Americans.