Most Years Leading the PGA Tour Money List (Total and Consecutive)

PGA Tour Records: Most Years as Money Leader

Tiger Woods gets the winner's check after an Arnold Palmer Invitational
A million-dollar check here, a million-dollar check there really added up for Tiger Woods. David Cannon/Getty Images

Which golfers have been the leading money winner on the PGA Tour the most times? Let's take a look at the question two different ways: We'll list the golfers who spent the most total years atop the money list, and also those who led in money the most consecutive seasons.

Most Total Years as PGA Tour Money Leader

Here is the list of golfers who led the PGA Tour money list the most years total (the years each golfer led the money list are included parenthetically):

10 Years
Tiger Woods (1997, 1999-2002, 2005-2007, 2009, 2013)

8 Years
Jack Nicklaus (1964-65, 1967, 1971-73, 1975-76)

5 Years
Ben Hogan (1940-42, 1946, 1948)
Tom Watson (1977-80, 1984)

4 Years
Arnold Palmer (1958, 1960, 1963-63)

Most Consecutive Years as PGA Tour Money Leader

The record for leading the PGA Tour in winnings the most consecutive years is four years in a row. Two golfers share that record. Here are the recordholders:

4 years in a row

  • Tom Watson, 1977-80
  • Tiger Woods, 1999-2002

Watson was the first golfer ever to lead the PGA Tour in earnings four straight years, then Woods joined him. How much did PGA Tour purses grow during that time? Well, let's just compare how much money each golfer won in his streak.

Beginning in 1977, Watson led the money list with winnings of $310,653, $362,428, $462,636 and $530,808.

Beginning in 1999, Woods led the money list with winnings of $6,616,585, $9,188,321, $5,687,777 and $6,912,625.

In addition to the two recordholders, there are only three other times a golfer has led the PGA Tour money list in as many as three consecutive seasons, and Woods appears again:

3 years in a row

  • Ben Hogan, 1940-42
  • Jack Nicklaus, 1971-73
  • Tiger Woods, 2005-07

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