Champions Tour Money List 2017
The Champions tour features some of the top earners in sport and this year has been one of the most lucrative for the talented field of golfers in the event.
The Top Spot
Right at the top of the list is Bernard Langer, halfway to earning twice as much as the 2nd place golfer in the overall earnings scale. The golfer has courted a lot of controversy in recent days for still not altering his putting motion despite rule changes that have been implemented since 2016.
The rule addresses a technique known as anchoring. The controversy was stirred up after viewers complained about Langer’s technique based on his body language during the US Open.
The player has since been cleared of any infractions after the PGA investigated and confirmed that while his stance is unchanged, his technique is altered.
Injuries And Withdrawals
In second spot on the earnings list is Kenny Perry whose future on the tour was in doubt last year after withdrawing 2 rounds into the 2016 Champions tour with a swollen knee. A few weeks ago, Perry walked away with the 2017 US Open gold around his neck.
Not so fortunate was former PGA Champion Fred Couples. The living legend has withdrawn from the PGA tour on Monday due to back problems that have been plaguing him.
This comes as a huge blow to fans and the event organisers as Couples was seen as one of the main contenders to end the absolute domination of Langer in the last 3 years.
Despite Fred taking a month off this year, after which he returned to win the AFI Championship and snatch a 4th place finish in the US Open, he has needed to place his health first and he announced his retirement form the tour with a heavy heart. Fans will have to wait and see if this will be a career ending injury or if Fred will simply take some time off to make sure his body heals properly.
The Top 15 Earners
- Bernard Langer $1,815 666
- Kenny Perry $1,225 385
- Fred Couples $1,103 147
- Scott McCarron $958 125
- Miguel Angel Jimenez $840 587
- Brandt Jobe $840 585
- Kirk Triplett $788 276
- Kevin Sutherland $784 489
- Tom Lehman $726 637
- Stephen Ames $703 536
- Vijay Singh $668 384
- John Daly $479 529
- Lee Janzen $474 122
- Steve Stricker $464 250
- Carlos Franco $459 766
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