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Money milestones since Strange first crossed $1 million mark in 1988

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On this day in 1988, Curtis Strange won the Tour Championship at Pebble Beach to become the first player in PGA Tour history to earn $1 million in a season.

By contrast, 112 players earned over $1 million last season and 13 players have already crossed that threshold nine events into this new campaign.

Here are some notable numbers relating to the Tour's annual money list:

  • Tiger Woods, in 1997, becomes first player to cross $2 million in a season
  • Woods breaks $3-, $4-, $5- and $6-million barriers by earning $6,616,585 in 1999
  • One year later, Woods breaks $7-, $8- and $9-million barriers by earning $9,188,321
  • In 2004, Vijay Singh becomes first player to break $10 million
  • In 2015, Jordan Spieth sets a new Tour standard with $12,030,465 (still the record)
  • Woods holds the record for most money titles with 10

Here's a look at the money leaders each year, beginning with Strange in 1988:

YEAR PLAYER EARNINGS TOUR WINS
1988 Curtis Strange $1,147,644 4
1989 Tom Kite $1,395,278 3
1990 Greg Norman $1,165,477 2
1991 Corey Pavin $979,430 2
1992 Fred Couples $1,344,188 3
1993 Nick Price $1,478,557 4
1994 Nick Price $1,499,927 6
1995 Greg Norman $1,654,959 3
1996 Tom Lehman $1,780,159 2
1997 Tiger Woods $2,066,833 4
1998 David Duval $2,591,031 4
1999 Tiger Woods $6,616,585 8
2000 Tiger Woods $9,188,321 9
2001 Tiger Woods $5,687,777 5
2002 Tiger Woods $6,912,625 5
2003 Vijay Singh $7,573,907 5
2004 Vijay Singh $10,905,16 9
2005 Tiger Woods $10,628,024 6
2006 Tiger Woods $9,941,563 8
2007 Tiger Woods $10,867,052 7
2008 Vijay Singh $6,601,094 3
2009 Tiger Woods $10,508,163 6
2010 Matt Kuchar $4,910,477 1
2011 Luke Donald $6,683,214 2
2012 Rory McIlroy $8,047,952 4
2013 Tiger Woods $8,553,439 5
2014 Rory McIlroy $8,280,096 3
2015 Jordan Spieth $12,030,465 5
2016 Dustin Johnson $9,365,185 3
2017 Justin Thomas $9,921,560 5
2018 Justin Thomas $8,694,821 3
2019 Brooks Koepka $9,684,006 3