Gone are the days that the Top 125 on the Money list matters. After the FedEx Cup playoffs (that Henrik Stenson won), there was a fall series where players that were on or near the Top 125 FedEx Cup Points bubble were battling it out to retain their playing status or face going back to the dreaded 6 round Q-school where the top 25 would get a card to play on the big tour...that, of course, has changed, too.
If you are outside the top 125 now, you're going into the fall series playoff with the web . com guys to hopefully make enough money to qualify. If not, the web. com tour may just be waiting.
I'm sorry the money list isn't our "go to" stat anymore. I was curious as to what guys actually made last year - I know Tiger won 5 times, but I can't recalling anyone saying he also raked in a cool $8.55 million. Henrik Stenson, with 2 wins including the Tour Championship, was second with $6.3 million (not including is FedEx Cup windfall).
The next 4 on the list each had 2 wins this year...Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker and Adam Scott earned between $5.6 million to $4.8 million. The highest money earner without a win was none other than Steve Stricker, earning $4.44 million in just 13 events.
The lowest earner with a win was Woody Austin, who won the Sanderson Farms Championship worth $540,000, and then cashed in only 1 other event (of 8 total on the Tour) for another $28,800, with a total earnings of $568,800 for 2013.
Brendon deJonge played 30 events on the PGA Tour in 2013, the most for any Tour player, and took home $1.8 million. Rory McIlory only needed 16 events to earn $1.8 million. There were 33 players who won more than $2 million, and there was a total of 82 golfers who cashed in at least $1 million, with Brendan Steele at 82nd.
There were 8 players who got only 1 start on the PGA Tour in 2013, and the highest earner of that group was Bernard Langer, winning $56, 040 at the Masters. But don't feel too bad for Langer, he played in 24 events on the Champions Tour and took home over $2.4 million there, which included 23 top 25 finishes.
Besides Stricker, Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Jim Furyk, Hunter Mahan, and Webb Simpson all finished in the top 20 in money earnings without posting a PGA Tour win in 2013.
It should probably be noted that Tiger Woods won his $8+ Million in only 16 events, where he made all of the cuts and had 8 top ten finishes (including the 5 wins). Woods' worst finish was a T65 (2) and his Player's Championship was his best payday winning $1.71 million that weekend.