Woods had earnings of $8,292,188 after winning five events on the U.S. PGA Tour, one on the PGA European Tour, and the late-year unofficial PGA Grand Slam. The figure was short of the record of $11,034,530 which Woods set in 2000, but was his second-highest earnings year. He had $7,771,562 in 2001, $7,681,625 in 1999 and $2,927,946 in 1998.
In the 37 years that the World Money List has been compiled, only one other player has led for as many as four consecutive years - Tom Watson from 1977 through 1980. Jack Nicklaus led for a total of seven years from 1966 through 1976, but never for more than three years in succession.
Ernie Els was second to Woods in 2002 with $6,260,746, boosted by a $2 million first prize in South Africa. Following Els were four players with over $4 million each, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, David Toms, and Padraig Harrington. A record total of 86 regular tour players won more than $1 million in 2002.
Among senior players, Hale Irwin, who had four victories, won $3,332,304 to break a record which he set in 1998 with $3,155,189. A record total of 20 seniors won more than $1 million in 2002.
Annika Sorenstam won $2,997,812 to break her record for women players of $2,111,213 which she set in 2000. Sorenstam, who had 13 victories worldwide, earned over $1.2 million more than the runner-up, Se Ri Pak, who had $1,722,281. Juli Inkster, Karrie Webb and Mi Hyun Kim also won more than $1 million.
The complete lists will be included in the 2003 edition of The World of Professional Golf, the 37th annual publication, to be published in March and distributed by Andrews McMeel.