How Much Do The World’s Top 10 Golfers Earn Per Shot?

You’ll be amazed at how much the world’s top golfers earn every time they hit that little white ball!

It’s no secret that professional golfers can earn a ton of cash. But did you know that every time a tour pro cracks a drive down the middle of the fairway they could be banking over $1,000?

We sifted through 20+ years of PGA tour data, to work out how much each of the world’s top 10 male golfers have earned, per shot, throughout their career. In a moment we’re going to break it down in detail, player by player. But let’s start with an overview of the top 10.

World #2 Jordan Spieth currently tops the list of earners per shot (top 10 golfers) — earning an average of $1,104 per swing.

Now let’s take a look at the yearly data for each of the above players.

#1 Dustin Johnson: $859 per shot

Known for his booming drives, Dustin Johnson took over the world number 1 spot earlier this year. Since turning pro in 2007 he has won an impressive 16 times on the PGA tour (including the 2016 US open) and has earned almost $50million. Here’s a breakdown of his average earnings per shot each year from 2007 – 2017.

As you can see, this year has been Dustin’s best for average earnings at $1,696 per shot, while his career average is $859.

Click To Show Individual Year Data For Dustin Johnson
YearOfficial EventsWinsMoneyShots$ Per Shot
200710$0561$0
2008301$1,789,8956578$272
2009251$2,977,9016113$487
2010232$4,473,1226256$715
2011211$4,309,9615023$858
2012191$3,393,8205463$621
2013221$2,963,2144953$598
2014171$4,249,1804480$948
2015211$5,509,4675027$1,096
2016223$9,365,1855977$1,567
2017204$8,732,1935148$1,696

#2 Jordan Spieth: $1,104 per shot

American Jordan Spieth is the highest earner per shot in the world top 10 — netting a whopping $1,104 per shot throughout his career. His best year for average earnings was 2015, when he banked $1,897 for every strike of the golf ball.

Click To Show Individual Year Data For Jordan Spieth
YearShotsMoneyOfficial EventsWins$ Per Shot
20121154$050$0
20135738$3,879,820231$676
20147190$4,342,748270$604
20156342$12,030,465255$1,897
20165567$5,538,470212$995
20175920$9,433,033233$1,593

#3 Justin Thomas: $749 per shot

Justin Thomas had a great 2017, winning both the PGA Championship and the Fedex cup. This was reflected in both his world ranking (now 3) and his average earnings per shot — a huge $1,669 for the season. Justin’s career average is now $749 per shot.

Click To Show Individual Year Data For Justin Thomas
YearShotsMoneyOfficial EventsWins$ Per Shot
2013416$020$0
20141501$170,23770$113
20157379$2,278,564300$309
20166789$4,126,366281$608
20175946$9,921,560255$1,669

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#4 Hideki Matsuyama: $775 per shot

Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama has 5 tour wins under his belt, and earlier this year reached #2 in the world rankings (now #4) after finishing second at the U.S. Open. Again, an excellent 2017 has seen his career average earnings per shot shoot up.

Click To Show Individual Year Data For Hideki Matsuyama
YearShotsMoneyOfficial EventsWins$ Per Shot
20131827$690,47360$378
20145635$2,837,477241$504
20156636$3,758,619250$566
20165405$4,193,954231$776
20176113$8,380,570223$1,371

#5 Jon Rahm: $875 per shot

Since turning pro last year, Jon Rahm’s consistent performances have seen him rocket up the world rankings. He made the top 10 in almost half of the tournaments he entered this year (11/23), and also bagged his first PGA win at the Farmers Inurance Open.

Click To Show Individual Year Data For Hideki Matsuyama
YearShotsMoneyOfficial EventsWins$ Per Shot
20162095$1,004,03570$479
20176055$6,123,248231$1,011

#6 Justin Rose: $538 per shot

Justin Rose has been a pro for almost 20 years and has 7 PGA wins to his name, including 2013’s U.S. Open. He also narrowly missed out on the green jacket at this year’s Masters, after a thrilling playoff with Sergio Garcia. Each of Justin’s 76,173 shots over his long career have earned him an average of $538.

Click To Show Individual Year Data For Justin Rose
YearShotsMoneyOfficial EventsWins$ Per Shot
1998282$010$0
1999156$010$0
2001285$30,75610$108
20021391$94,81640$68
20032865$599,874110$209
20045105$1,236,764220$242
20056716$1,365,191280$203
20066697$1,629,288280$243
20074409$2,705,875160$614
20083231$1,047,854150$324
20094955$1,125,518220$227
20105454$3,603,331222$661
20115965$3,401,420231$570
20125054$4,290,390191$849
20134198$4,146,148171$988
20144908$3,926,768191$800
20154891$5,462,677201$1,117
20164924$2,085,365180$424
20174687$4,245,308180$906

#7 Rickie Fowler: $584 per shot

A former world amateur #1, American Rickie Fowler has 4 PGA wins to date, and has already earned almost $30million on the tour. Rickie is currently ranked #7 in the world and earns an average of $584 per shot.

Click To Show Individual Year Data For Rickie Fowler
YearShotsMoneyOfficial EventsWins$ Per Shot
20092005$571,09030$285
20107769$2,857,108280$368
20116188$2,084,681240$337
20126386$3,066,293231$480
20135369$1,816,742220$338
20145985$4,806,117260$803
20155341$5,773,430212$1,081
20165954$2,713,563230$456
20175973$6,083,197211$1,018

#8 Rory McIlroy: $1,073 per shot

Rory McIlroy’s 4 wins in 2012 included the US PGA and helped him to earn an average of $2,140 per shot for the year — the highest yearly average in the top 10. He is one of only two players in the top 10 to maintain a career average of over $1k per shot.

Click To Show Individual Year Data For Rory McIlroy
YearShotsMoneyOfficial EventsWins$ Per Shot
2007289$010$0
20093242$849,749110$262
20104246$2,554,280161$602
20113082$1,905,609101$618
20123760$8,047,952164$2,140
20133911$1,802,443160$461
20144721$8,280,096173$1,754
20153069$4,863,312122$1,585
20164338$5,790,585182$1,335
20173367$2,430,182140$722

#9 Henrik Stenson: $631 per shot

Henrik Stenson became the first Swedish male to win a major, when he triumphed at 2016’s British Open Championship. He has earned an average of $631 for every swing of the golf club since turning pro in 2001.

Click To Show Individual Year Data For Henrik Stenson
YearShotsMoneyOfficial EventsWins$ Per Shot
2001152$010$0
20051315$53,91940$41
20062848$582,303100$204
20073605$1,897,554151$526
20082423$1,238,11890$511
20092968$2,550,185101$859
20103470$683,070150$197
20113174$327,799150$103
20123610$791,107150$219
20134476$6,388,230182$1,427
20143815$1,894,235150$497
20154451$4,755,070160$1,068
20163496$3,397,373141$972
20173495$2,769,771151$792

#10 Brooks Koepka: $629 per shot

World number 10 Brooks Koepka claimed his first major title at this year’s U.S. Open. His score of 16 under for the tournament was the joint lowest ever, equalling Rory McIlroy’s 2011 performance.

Click To Show Individual Year Data For Brooks Koepka
YearShotsMoneyOfficial EventsWins$ Per Shot
2012154$010$0
2013447$14,95020$33
20143933$1,043,115160$265
20155666$3,571,900231$630
20165179$3,322,393210$642
20176172$5,612,397241$909

Bonus: Tiger Woods – $1,282 per shot

Tiger Woods is not currently ranked in the world top 1000, having missed most of the last 2 seasons with injury. But with Tiger set to return to competitive golf at the end of November, and with him being comfortably the highest earning golfer of all time, we thought we would find out how much each of his 85,839 shots has earned him.

So as you can see, as well as having made the most money out of the game, Tiger is comfortably the highest earner per shot — both overall and in a single season. In fact, his 4 wins from 6 official tournaments in 2008 meant that he banked an incredible $4,191 every time he struck the golf ball.

Click To Show Individual Year Data For Tiger Woods
YearShotsMoneyOfficial EventsWins$ Per Shot
19963044$750,59482$247
19975786$2,066,833214$357
19985117$1,841,117201$360
19995480$6,616,585218$1,207
20005717$9,188,321209$1,607
20015771$5,687,777195$986
20024962$6,912,625185$1,393
20034997$6,673,413185$1,335
20045285$5,365,472191$1,015
20055400$10,628,024216$1,968
20063846$9,941,563158$2,585
20074412$10,867,052167$2,463
20081378$5,775,00064$4,191
20094544$10,508,163176$2,313
20103751$1,294,765120$345
20112118$660,23890$312
20125219$6,133,158193$1,175
20134193$8,553,439165$2,040
20141797$108,27570$60
20152590$448,598110$173
2017432$010$0

What’s Next?

That wraps it up for our look at the earnings per shot of the world’s top 10 golfers.

Are you surprised at just how much the top golfers make every time they hit that little white ball? Let us know in the comments.

Fancy your chances of being the next Tiger or Rory, or are just getting started in the game, then check out our beginner’s guide to golf. Or if you’re looking to upgrade your gear for the new season, then take a look at our guide to the best golf shoes in 2018.

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David McSweeney

NoobNorm co-founder David writes about golf, fitness, and photography. He regularly tests new golf training aids, swing theories, and the latest DSLR and action cameras.

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