Professional golfers are typically members of one of four tours in the United States -- PGA, the top tier; Champions, for golfers over age 50; Nationwide, which prepares players for the PGA; and LPGA, the women's tour. A professional golfer's salary is not standardised, and players make varying amounts of money based on how well they play and how many tournaments are entered. Some also earn additional income from product endorsements.
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In 2010, Matt Kuchar led all golfers on the PGA Tour with earnings of £3,191,809 at the end of the season. He played in 26 events. Some make far less: Chris Wilson competed in the same number of events and brought home £49,712. The average overall salary of the top 250 golfers on the PGA Tour was about £0.7 million in 2010, according to statistics complied by ESPN.
Tom Lehman was the top earner on professional golf's senior tour in 2010, tallying £310,724 in wins. Dave Stockton earned the smallest salary at £972. Among the top 100 golfers on the tour, the average income was nearly £44,850.
Although the Nationwide Tour is seen as a preparatory league for the PGA, golfers on the tour are still considered professionals. Brenden Pappas was the Nationwide Tour money leader in 2010, with £74,439 in earnings. The average salary among the top 100 golfers on the tour was a little more than £10,400.
Karrie Webb earned the top salary of all women on the LPGA Tour in 2010, at £292,691. The average salary among the top 100 golfers on the tour was about £22,425.
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