Crunching the Numbers
Two major champs accomplished this impressive money milestone at Carnoustie
Anna Nordqvist and Ariya Jutanugarn both joining a unique LPGA money club with their finishes at Carrnoustie.
It’s been four years since Anna Nordqvist last won on the LPGA Tour, long enough for the 34-year-old Swede to wonder if she might ever be a champion again. But with a final-round 69 on Sunday at Carnoustie Golf Links, not only did she claim a ninth career LPGA title but a third major victory.
“I've been waiting for this win for a while,” said Nordqvist, who points to a bout with mono in 2017 as something it’s taken her several years to fully recover from. “There have been a lot of downs and hard times so this makes it feel even sweeter. I could only dream of winning the AIG Women’s Open.”
Likely unbeknownst to Nordqvist, the victory also allowed her to achieved a notable career milestone. By earning the record $870,000 first-place prize money payout, Nordqvist saw her LPGA career earnings pass $10 million—$10,774,819 to be specific.
Nordqvist became the 20th player in LPGA history to break the $10 million mark, accomplishing the feat in her 288th career LPGA start. Impressively she’s competed in 63 major championships during her career.
She jumped into 17th position on the all-time LPGA money list.
Coincidentally, Nordqvist wasn’t the only player to break $10 million in career earnings on Sunday. With her T-10 finish, Ariya Jutanugarn earned $113,636, which ups her career earnings to $10,066,257. The 25-year-old from Thailand broke the eight-figure barrier in her 193rd career LPGA start. She jumped to No. 21 on the all-time money list.
Here's the all-time money list, updated through this weekend:
1: Annika Sorenstam, $22,577,025
2: Karrie Webb, $20,270,249
3: Cristie Kerr, $20,107,437
4: Inbee Park, $17,690,775
5: Lorena Ochoa, $14,863,331
6: Suzann Pettersen, $14,837,579
7: Juli Inkster, $14,038,081
8: Stacy Lewis, $13,747,601
9: Se Ri Pak, $12,583,713
10: Paula Creamer, $12,134,840
11: Angela Stanford, $12,078,475
12: Lydia Ko, $12,015,279
13: Shanshan Feng, $11,981,365
14: So Yeon Ryu, $11,618,627
15: Lexi Thompson, $11,391,175
16: Na Yeon Choi, $10,917,773
17: Anna Nordqvist, $10,774,819
18: Sei Young Kim, $10,748,179
19: Yani Tseng, $10,551,388
20: Amy Yang, $10,251,083
21: Ariya Jutanugarn, $10,066,257