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The Top Ten Richest Women in Golf

Written by  on Saturday, 19 January 2013

It's not just the top male professional golfers who are raking it in. Female golfers who reach the top of their game can also expect a hefty payday. Here are the top ten earners as of 2012.

Yani Tseng10) Yani Tseng, Taiwan

The current world number one and youngest ever golfer to win five majors, male or female, Yani Tseng is the most consistent and dominant golfer on the course today and has been so for the past three years. She is surely gunning for Karrie Webb's record of youngest ever Hall of Famer. Tseng famously rejected a five-year, $25 million sponsorship deal that would have required her to change nationality from Taiwanese to Chinese.

Career Prize Winnings = $8,971,242

9) Meg Mallon, USA

While a US player does not reach the top spot in career prize winnings, most of the highest-earning female golfers are from the US. Meg Mallon's career spans thirteen years, with four majors wins to her name. Meg Mallon is a considerably talented golfer, tying in second for the LPGA's all-time record for career aces.

Career Prize Winnings = $9,051,459

8) Suzann Pettersen, Norway

Suzann Pettersen is one of the highest-earning women golfers despite never having claimed the world number one spot. She frequently finished number two since turning pro in 2000, and has one major to her name – the 2007 LPGA Championship. Her winnings are just shy of the $10 million mark.

Career Prize Winnings = $9,368,341

7) Paula Creamer, USA

An annual pay thought to be in the region of $5.5 million thanks to her endorsements from the likes of TaylorMade-adidas, Citizen Watch and NEC, as well as around $7.7 million (and counting) in career winnings make Paula Creamer not only one of the highest-paid golfers, but also one of the highest-paid female athletes. Paula Creamer is currently the highest-paid female golfer in the world including endorsements, putting her in the top ten for all female athletes as of 2012 – a list generally dominated by tennis players.

Career Prize Winnings = $9,594,379

Juli Inkster6) Se Ri Pak, South Korea

Se Ri Pak has five major wins under her belt, with three of them coming from the LPGA Championship. Her breakthrough year was 1998, which also happened to be her rookie year, meaning she broke through straight away, becoming the youngest ever player to win the US Open.
Se Ri Pak's influence is far-reaching, with some saying her legacy is even greater than Tiger Woods. This is because her success spearheaded the "Korean Invasion" that would take place on the LPGA Tour in 2008, where forty-four other Korean competitors took part.

Career Prize Winnings = $11,815,527

5) Juli Inkster, USA

Juli turned professional in 1983 after winning three consecutive US Women's Amateurs. She is the second most successful active player on the LPGA Tour after Karrie Webb, in a career that spans almost three decades. Juli has won over $13 million in prize money, and is the second most rewarded female golfer.

Career Prize Winnings = $13,442,946

4) Cristie Kerr, USA

Kerr turned professional in1996 at the age of eighteen but had a slow start to the game, not winning her first LPGA event until 2002. Her 2010 LPGA Championship title was won by twelve strokes – a record. She is the highest-earning female golfer from the US.

Career Prize Winnings = $14,368,457

3) Lorena Ochoa, Mexico

Annika SörenstamLorena Ochoa began her professional golf career in 2002 but semi-retired just eight years later after achieving what she set out to achieve – becoming the world's number one female golfer. Ochoa earned herself around $5 million in her retirement year, and her sponsors Lacoste are sure to add to that figure. In 2007, she surpassed Sörenstam's record year-end winnings, earning over $4 million for her troubles. She still plays occasionally, competing mostly in her own Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

Career Prize Winnings = $14,863,331

2) Karrie Webb, Australia

Webb is the most successful active player on the LPGA Tour today with 38 tournament wins and is also the youngest player ever to be inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame. She has lucrative sponsorship deals with Srixon, Epson, Oakley, Lazy Susan and many others.

Career Prize Winnings = $17,402,218

1) Annika Sörenstam, Sweden

Sörenstam retired from the world of golf in 2008, but still has an interest in money-making, dabbling in the world of investments, stock markets and real estate. Her career earnings from playing the LPGA total over $22 million, with 10 majors wins and eight-times LPGA Player of the Year Awards to add to her name. Annika also enjoys endorsements from Lexus, Role, Callaway and Cutter & Buck. She is thought to have an annual pay of around $8 million.

Career Prize Winnings = $22,573,192

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