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Top 20 all-time in career prize money payouts

2023 World Champions Cup

In 1978, the first Legends of Golf was held at Onion Creek Country Club in Austin, Texas.

Two years later, the Senior PGA Tour had its first two official tournaments. Don January and Arnold Palmer won those first events.

From there, the circuit grew and in 1990, Lee Trevino became the first golfer to win $1 million in a season. In 2002, the tour was rebranded as the Champions Tour. In 2015, it took on its current name, the PGA Tour Champions.

Bernhard Langer became the winningest golfer in Champions history in 2023 when he got to No. 46, breaking a mark long held by Hale Irwin. Langer is also the top money-winner all-time on the tour.

He’s one of three players to reach the $20 million mark. Six players on this list have surpassed the $15 million mark. There are 31 at $10 million.

As you make your way through this list, keep in mind:

  • Gary Player is 90th all-time with $6,049,029
  • Jack Nicklaus ranks 147th with $3,372,207
  • Arnold Palmer is 211th with $1,765,795

There are 649 names listed in all, with Mike Balliet bringing up the rear with $736 in career tour earnings.

Check out this list of the all-time money winners on the PGA Tour Champions. Updated through the 2023 Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Source:

Team Europe’s Colin Montgomerie tees off at The Concession Golf Club. (Photo: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports)

2024 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai

Jeff Sluman tees off the second hole during the first round of the 2024 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai Golf Club. (Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

2024 Mitsubishi Electric Classic

Fred Funk plays his shot on the second hole on the first hole during the first round of the 2024 Mitsubishi Electric Classic at TPC Sugarloaf. (Photo: Alex Slitz/Getty Images)

2024 Galleri Classic

Jerry Kelly plays his shot from the sixth tee during the third round of the 2024 Galleri Classic at Mission Hills Country Club. (Photo: Orlando Ramirez/Getty Images)

2024 Galleri Classic

Fred Couples at the 2024 Galleri Classic pro-am in Rancho Mirage, California, at Mission Hills Country Club. (Photo: Andy Abeyta/Desert Sun)

2008 Principal Charity Classic

Allen Doyle watches a tee shot during the first round of the 2008 Principal Charity Classic at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo: G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)

Tom Lehman

Tom Lehman and his son Thomas at the 2020 Charles Schwab Cup Championship. (Photo: Elise Tallent/PGA Tour…


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