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, $118,309,570
2. Phil Mickelson, $90,467,104
3. Vijay Singh, $71,216,128
4. Jim Furyk, $70,588,191
5. Dustin Johnson, $60,193,428
6. Justin Rose, $52,097,029
7. Adam Scott, $50,852,852
8. Sergio Garcia, $49,753,292
9. Ernie Els, $49,264,449
10. Matt Kuchar, $49,102,921
11. Rory McIlroy, $46,002,738
12. Jason Day, $45,257,933
13. Zach Johnson, $44,998,491
14. Davis Love III, $44,909,170
15. Steve Stricker, $43,996,101
16. Bubba Watson, $43,734,589
17. David Toms, $41,840,270
18. Jordan Spieth, $38,415,679
19. Charles Howell III, $38,245,711
20. Stewart Cink, $37,551,851
21. Rickie Fowler, $37,171,688
22. Brandt Snedeker, $36,325,077
23. Luke Donald, $36,155,172
24. Justin Leonard, $33,884,793
25. K.J. Choi, $32,482,911
26. Webb Simpson, $32,366,553
27. Rory Sabbatini, $32,210,751
28. Kenny Perry, $32,123,130
29. Retief Goosen, $31,294,708
30. Hunter Mahan, $30,718,225
31. Henrik Stenson, $30,556,438
32. Geoff Ogilvy, $30,453,426
33. Ryan Moore, $30,064,850
34. Stuart Appleby, $29,828,521
35. Bill Haas, $29,801,659
36. Paul Casey, $29,134,666
37. Jerry Kelly, $28,962,248
38. Kevin Na, $28,806,326
39. Mike Weir, $27,949,433
40. Justin Thomas, $27,936,848
41. Charley Hoffman, $27,742,616
42. Scott Verplank, $27,500,225
43. Robert Allenby, $27,484,901
44. Nick Watney, $26,721,427
45. Chad Campbell, $26,594,677
46. Jason Dufner, $26,414,159
47. Marc Leishman, $25,782,743
48. Ryan Palmer, $25,545,322
49. Pat Perez, $25,306,197
50. Jimmy Walker, $25,188,978

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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