A total of 11 women made over $1 million each on the LPGA Tour in 2014. That ties 2006, 2009, and 2012 for the second most women to earn over $1 million in a year on the LPGA Tour.
The record for most women earning over $1 million in any given year on the LPGA Tour occurred in 2008, when 13 women each won over $1 million. The LPGA is very likely to reach or exceed that number in 2015, with the tour slated to pay out a record $61.6 million in prize money.
The money listed below is not the official earnings listed by the LPGA but the money the women actually totaled including bonus money and the winner’s share of the International Crown. The official LPGA money list does not include the bonus or International Crown money.
I’m only aware that International Crown winners got $100,000 each and I don’t know how much the other finishers got so I did not include anything beyond first place money for that event. Players on the list like Stacy Lewis did earn money at the International Crown, but I don’t know how much and could not include it.
Eleven women made over $1 million on LPGA Tour in 2014
1. Lydia Ko – $3.089 million
Including the $1 million CME Race to the Globe bonus, Lydia Ko earned $3.089 million on the LPGA Tour in 2014. That’s the most money earned by an LPGA player this year and the most by an LPGA player since Lorena Ochoa earned $4.37 million in 2007. Lydia Ko won three times on the tour in 2014.
2. Stacy Lewis – $2.689 million
Including her second place prize of $150,000 in the CME Race to the Globe bonus, Stacy Lewis earned $2.689 million in 2014. Stacy won three tournaments this year and she finished at the top of the money list if you do not include the Race to the Globe bonus money.
3. Inbee Park – $2.227 million
Inbee Park won three times this year and her earnings of $2.227 million rank third. Inbee is now just $49,000 away from career earnings of $10 million.
4. Michelle Wie – $2.025 million
Including her third place bonus money of $100,000 for the CME Race to the Globe, Michelle Wie earned $2.025 million in 2014. This was the first year Michelle Wie topped the $1 million mark in earnings. Michelle won twice in 2014 including the U.S. Women’s Open for her first major, and Michelle Wie now has career earnings of $4.874 million.
5. So Yeon Ryu – $1.469 million
So Yeon Ryu won just once in 2014 but her earnings of $1.469 million ranks fifth. So Yeon Ryu has now earned over $4 million on the LPGA Tour.
6. Shanshan Feng – $1.405 million
Shanshan Feng from China came on strong late in the year to post a win and earnings of $1.405 million in 2014.
7. Azahara Munoz – $1.151 million
The LPGA does not credit Azahara Munoz with a win in 2014, but technically she did win the International Crown as a member of Team Spain. I believe Azahara earned $100,000 for that win so her earnings for the year are $1.151 million.
8. Anna Nordqvist – $1.144 million
Anna Nordqvist from Sweden won twice in 2014 and had earnings of $1.144 million
9. Karrie Webb – $1.07 million
Karrie Webb won twice in 2014 and had earnings of $1.07 million. Karrie now has career earnings of $19.2 million. Not too shabby.
10. Chella Choi – $1.049 million
Chella Choi did not win a tournament in 2014, but she had 10 top 10 finishes and earned $1.049 million.
11. Suzann Pettersen – $1.002 million
Rounding out the list is Suzann Pettersen from Norway. Like Chella Choi, Suzann did not win in 2014 but she also had 10 top 10 finishes to earn just over $1 million in 2014. Suzann Pettersen has now earned $12.7 million in her LPGA career.