Almost 200 players have won 1 million dollars

The injection of cash into men's professional golf has resulted in a record number of players reaching the $1 million earnings mark in 2023

by Andrea Gussoni
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Almost 200 players have won 1 million dollars
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The injection of cash into men's professional golf has resulted in a record number of players reaching the $1 million earnings mark in 2023. Last season, 49 LIV Golf members who played in at least six events earned more than $1 million.

The Saudi-backed Super League completed its second season with Talor Gooch crowned individual champion. Gooch ended the year with $35.3 million, including an $18 million bonus for finishing top of the leaderboard.

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The PGA Tour, currently in negotiations with Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, attempted to keep up with the increased prize purses that LIV Golf could offer by introducing much higher economic rewards for designated events, or "signature events" as they will now be called.

This move helped 139 PGA Tour players earn at least $1 million in the 2022-23 season, meaning that 188 male golfers earned at least that amount this year.

The PGA Tour season included autumn 2022 and the entire 2023, before returning to calendar year seasons.

The world number one, Scottie Scheffler, has earned an impressive sum of $21,014,342 in 23 events played on the PGA Tour.

This includes designated events, such as The Players Championship, where he received a payout of $4.5 million for his victory. With these earnings, Scheffler has surpassed his previous single-season record of $14.04 million from the 2021-22 season.

These accomplishments are a testament to his skill and hard work as a professional golfer. The PGA Tour became its own organization in 1968, when it split from the PGA of America, which is now primarily an association of golf professionals, such as instructors and club managers.

The tournament players first formed their own organization, the Association of Professional Golfers (APG). Subsequently, in 1968, the players abolished the APG and agreed to operate as the PGA "Tournament Players Division", a completely autonomous division of the PGA, under the supervision of a new 10-member Tournament Policy Board.

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