Let’s address the elephant in the room. The answer is obvious.
Male golfers earn much more than female golfers because there is a lot more money in the game. Both in terms of sponsorships, and TV money.
The more important question is why is that the case?
And to put this all into perspective, here are three stats that might surprise you...
#1 - Top Male Caddies Earn More Than Top Female Golfers
Rory McIlroy's former bagman J.P. Fitzgerald, and Dustin Johnson's caddie, Austin, earned more from the PGA Tour in 2017 than all but the top four female golfers.
Fitzgerald earned $1.65 million, while Austin Johnson earned $1.6 million.
Those earnings would put them straight in at #4 and #5 on the LPGA money list.
#2 - Rank #41 On The PGA Money List And You’ll Make More Than ANY Female Golfer
Canadian Mac Hughes had a pretty good year, winning his first PGA tournament at The RSM Classic.
The win bagged him a cool $1,080,000, which made up almost half of his 2017 earnings ($2,355,553).
That figure was only enough to rank him at #41 on the PGA Tour money list, but it would shoot him straight to the top of the LPGA rankings.
#3 - Rank #86 On The PGA Money List And You’ll Break Into The LPGA Top 10
American Morgan Hoffmann, who was recently diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, earned a total of $1,278,568 in 2017.
This placed him at #86 on the PGA Tour money list, but if he was teeing it up on the LPGA, those same earnings would see him break into the top 10.