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Jon Rahm didn't win the WM Phoenix Open but he did achieve this impressive PGA Tour money milestone

February 12, 2023

Katelyn Mulcahy

Jon Rahm started the final round of the WM Phoenix Open two shots behind Scottie Scheffler. If he pulled out the victory, it would have been his third tour win in six weeks and would have lifted the 28-year-old Spaniard to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. And yet, it wasn’t meant to be, a closing three-under 68 at TPC Scottsdale leaving him in solo third, five shots back of Scheffler, the eventual winner.

Despite some disappointment in his finish, however, Rahm still left the Arizona desert having accomplished something just 25 others in PGA Tour history have ever done: topping $40 million in career earnings on the PGA Tour.

Rahm began the tournament having made $39,908,792 during his young career on tour. All he needed then was a 38th-place finish (worth $95,000 at this week’s “designated” event) to push him past the $40M mark. His solo third banked him $1,380,000 to move to $41,288,792 in career earnings.

A nine-time tour winner, Rahm hit the $40 million mark in just 136 career starts. By comparison, Tiger Woods needed 146 starts to do it, also at age 28, at the 2004 Mercedes Championship (granted prize money payouts were a lot smaller nearly 20 years ago). And Rory McIlroy needed 144 starts to hit $40M at the 2018 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at age 29.

With the prize money payouts exploding on the PGA Tour in 2023 thanks to purses being increased in 13 “elevated” events, there will be plenty of others hitting career money milestones in the coming years. But who are the players next closest to hitting $40 million? Here’s everybody within $5 million of the milestone.

Brooks Koepka, $37,987,257

Kevin Na, $37, 819,638

Luke Donald, $37,206,401

Patrick Reed, $37,065,581

Paul Casey, $36,620,072

Rory Sabbatini, $35,987,416

Marc Leishman, $35,216,825

Keegan Bradley, $35,310,731

Of course, given five of the eight players listed have jumped to LIV Golf (Koepka, Na, Reed, Casey and Leishman), well, the number of players on the brink of hitting the $40 million mark is a lot smaller than technically it appears.

Here's the list of all those in the $40 million club:

Tiger Woods, $120,895,206

Phil Mickelson, $94,955,060

Dustin Johnson, $74,897,059

Jim Furyk, $71,507,269

Vijay Singh, $71,236,216

Rory McIlroy, $68,173,835

Adam Scott, $60,160,624

Justin Rose, $59,239,372

Matt Kuchar, $55,524,647

Jordan Spieth, $53,728,295

Sergio Garcia, $54,433,395

Justin Thomas, $52,254,009

Jason Day, $52,004,420

Ernie Els, $49,339,400

Bubba Watson, $48,049,778

Zach Johnson, $47,919,845

Davis Love III, $44,959,243

Steve Stricker, $44,936,354

Webb Simpson, $44,260,188

Rickie Fowler, $43,069,966

Stewart Cink, $42,994,598

Charles Howell III, $42,025,458

David Toms, $41,901,709

Jon Rahm, $41,288,792

Hideki Matsuyama, $41,062,162

Brandt Snedeker, $40,539,179