You are probably familiar with the names of the five players who have won the most tournaments, all-time, on the PGA Tour. Sam Snead leads the list with 82 victories, followed by Jack Nicklaus (73), Tiger Woods (71), Ben Hogan (64), and Arnold Palmer (62). Tiger Woods is the all-time money leader, with more than $94 Million in official PGA Tour earnings. Of these five players, Jack Nicklaus is next with $5.7 Million, ranked #203.
The money to be made on the Tour has exploded in recent decades. Tom Watson won seven tournaments in 1980 and led the Tour with $530,000 in earnings. Ten years later Greg Norman earned $1.1 Million, winning only two times, in 1990. With nine wins, Tiger Woods earned more than $9 Million in the year 2000 alone.
Just behind Jack Nicklaus on the career money list, at #204, is Rickie Fowler. Fowler is an up and coming young professional, currently #37 in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR), and has earned $5.6 Million playing on the PGA Tour. Unlike any of the aforementioned golfers, however, Rickie Fowler has yet to claim his first win on the Tour.
Following is a list of the Top 10 PGA Tour Money Leaders who have never won a PGA tournament:
10. Charlie Wi - $7,056,021. In 162 events played on the PGA Tour, Wi has finished second four times, most recently at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in May of 2011.
9. Alex Ceyka - $7,696,123. Cejka has been runner-up twice and has 53 top 25 finishes in 255 PGA events, but he has also missed the cut 110 times (43% cut rate).
8. Jason Dufner - $7,870,705. Dufner nearly claimed a Major at the 2011 PGA Championship, finishing second, losing a three hole playoff to Keegan Bradley. Jason Dufner's current OWGR rank is #35.
7. Skip Kendall - $8,011,651. Kendall first appeared on the Tour at the 1987 Greater Milwaukee Open. Runner-up four times in more than 400 events, he last played in the 2011 Wyndham Championship.
6. Brandt Jobe - $8,334,010. Jobe also has four second place finishes, most recently the 2011 Memorial Tournament. Since his Tour debut, in 1987, Jobe has made 297 PGA Tour appearances.
5. Jeff Overton - $8,442,943. Overton's most recent second place finish came at the 2011 CIMB Asia Pacific Classic. With a 69.44 scoring average, his OWGR rank is #86.
4. Steve Marino - $8,988,869. With 144 career PGA Tour events played, Marino finished second twice in 2011, at the Sony Open in Hawaii and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
3. Brian Davis - $9,228,702. Davis came awfully close to winning in 2010, with finishing second four times. He has appeared in 223 career PGA tournaments.
2. Brett Quigley - $11,048,433. Quigley has come a long way since first paycheck on the PGA Tour, at the 1991 New England Classic, for $1,990. He has 5 second place finishes in 402 events played.
1. Briny Baird - $12,480,752. Five-time runner-up, most recently at the 2011 Frys.com Open, Baird has been a Tour regular since 2001. He is #88 on the all-time PGA Tour Money List, without a single victory.
Harold Andrews has played golf for nearly 50 years (competitively and recreationally) and considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest golfer of all time.
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