PGA Tour Career Money List Leaders

Phil Mickelson ranks high on the PGA Tour career money list

Below are the all-time leaders in earnings on the PGA Tour, the tour's career money list. See the notes at the bottom on how the PGA Tour uses its career money leaders list for exemptions.

(Related article: PGA Tour's yearly money leaders)

Top 50 on the PGA Tour Career Money List

1. Tiger Woods, $118,663,768
2. Phil Mickelson, $90,513,535
3. Vijay Singh, $71,216,128
4. Jim Furyk, $70,916,515
5. Dustin Johnson, $61,518,538
6. Justin Rose, $52,950,988
7. Adam Scott, $52,467,434
8. Matt Kuchar, $49,874,171
9. Sergio Garcia, $49,780,473
10. Ernie Els, $49,264,449
11. Rory McIlroy, $47,923,848
12. Jason Day, $45,660,931
13. Zach Johnson, $45,081,018
14. Davis Love III, $44,909,170
15. Steve Stricker, $44,083,461
16. Bubba Watson, $43,767,109
17. David Toms, $41,879,934
18. Jordan Spieth, $39,555,836
19. Charles Howell III, $38,308,928
20. Stewart Cink, $37,551,851
21. Rickie Fowler, $37,425,188
22. Brandt Snedeker, $36,925,367
23. Luke Donald, $36,197,727
24. Justin Leonard, $33,884,793
25. Webb Simpson, $33,272,808
26. Rory Sabbatini, $32,836,981
27. K.J. Choi, $32,500,838
28. Kenny Perry, $32,123,130
29. Retief Goosen, $31,294,708
30. Henrik Stenson, $31,228,990
31. Hunter Mahan, $30,718,225
32. Geoff Ogilvy, $30,453,426
33. Ryan Moore, $30,246,127
34. Kevin Na, $30,156,814
35. Bill Haas, $29,838,347
36. Stuart Appleby, $29,828,521
37. Paul Casey, $29,580,064
38. Jerry Kelly, $28,962,248
39. Justin Thomas, $28,048,556
40. Mike Weir, $27,965,420
41. Brooks Koepka, $27,948,246
42. Charley Hoffman, $27,902,341
43. Scott Verplank, $27,500,225
44. Robert Allenby, $27,484,901
45. Nick Watney, $27,049,627
46. Jason Dufner, $26,791,767
47. Chad Campbell, $26,609,687
48. Marc Leishman, $26,270,356
49. Ryan Palmer, $25,856,408
50. Gary Woodland, $25,550,920

This Top 50 is updated multiple times throughout the year. On PGATour.com, the tour's stats section includes a weekly updated career money list that extends into the 600s.

How the Career Money List Matters in PGA Tour Eligibility

Does the career money list have any important role to play for current PGA Tour players? Yes — some players are able to retain their playing privileges by virtue of appearing on the list above.

There are two exemption categories relating to the career money list: Top 25 All-Time and Top 50 All-Time. Say there's a player, Golfer X, who has a bad season and loses his tour card. But he's No. 23 on the career money list. He can claim the Top 25 All-Time exemption and keep his tour membership for another year. Same for a golfer who is, say, No. 46: that golfer could claim the Top 50 career earnings exemption to keep his playing card, if need be.

And yes, the same golfer can use both exemptions. David Duval did that in back-to-back years: He used the Top 25 exemption first; the next season, he had fallen out of the Top 25 but was still in the Top 50, so he was able to use that one.

The catch is that each of these exemptions can only be used once.

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