PGA Tour v LPGA Tour: Crunching the stats behind the golf gender pay gap

Latest Noob Norm study looks at how much more the men are making on Tour. 

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Tue, 12 Dec 2017
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>> Male caddies J.P Fitzgerald and Austin Johnson, out earn all but the top 4 in women’s LPGA.
>> The average top 10 female golfer earns $274 per shot, but it’s $1,141 for males.
>> Male golfers earn 4.16x (or $867) more per shot, than females.
>> Rank yourself #41 in male golf earnings, and you’ll out-earn every female in the top 10
>> Women drive the ball 40 yards shorter than men and take more putts, but hit more fairways and greens.

NoobNorm recently conducted a study to find out how much the world’s top 10 male golfers have earned, per shot, throughout their career. Spoiler alert: it was a lot.

It remains no secret that there is a lot more dollar to play for on the PGA Tour than there is on the LPGA Tour, but, as a follow up to NoobNorm's last study, the stats specialists wanted to find out just how much more the men were making than the females every time they step up to the ball.

Here’s what they discovered:

EARNINGS PER SHOT 2017: PGA TOUR V LPGA TOUR

Top 10 PGA Earners (2017)

  1. Justin Thomas
  2. Jordan Spieth
  3. Dustin Johnson
  4. Hideki Matsuyama
  5. John Rahm
  6. Rickie Fowler
  7. Mark Leishman
  8. Brooks Koepka
  9. Kevin Kisner
  10. Brian Harman

Top 10 LPGA Earners (2017)

  1. Sung Hyun Park
  2. So Yeon Ryu
  3. Lexi Thompson
  4. Shanshan Feng
  5. Ariya Jutanugarn
  6. Brooke M. Henderson
  7. Cristie Kerr
  8. Anna Nordqvist
  9. Moriya Jutanugarn
  10. Sei Young Kim

Now let’s compare total earnings for 2017...

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