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December 10, 2007
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Top 30 Top 70 Top 125 Top 150
2007 $2,184,379 $1,313,353 $785,180 $499,197
2006 $2,256,326 $1,316,131 $660,898 $495,314
2005 $2,050,068 $1,060,238 $626,736 $485,343
2004 $1,952,043 $1,133,165 $623,262 $442,872
2003 $1,999,663 $1,022,244 $487,495 $346,694
2002 $1,882,553 $921,076 $515,445 $356,657
2001 $1,676,229 $729,783 $406,352 $279,877
2000 $1,550,592 $669,709 $391,075 $247,037
1999 $1,258,745 $569,045 $326,893 $232,078
1998 $964,302 $409,940 $228,304 $174,470
1997 $752,007 $329,864 $179,273 $121,273
1996 $604,382 $305,083 $167,852 $122,941
1995 $611,700 $269,394 $149,280 $113,632
1994 $533,201 $278,419 $142,515 $108,259
1993 $513,072 $236,458 $120,041 $89,366
1992 $472,626 $299,818 $109,742 $77,204
1991 $485,023 $232,913 $117,549 $75,659
1990 $435,690 $211,297 $123,908 $76,352
1989 $391,855 $202,099 $99,454 $66,174
1988 $380,651 $168,099 $82,924 $47,108

Cost of a Card

The price of remaining at least partially exempt (top 150) on the PGA Tour has gone up more than tenfold in the 19 years since Curtis Strange became the Tour's first millionaire. In addition to the earnings that a player has needed to crack the top 150, here's how much a Tour pro has had to win to finish among the top 30 (exempt for Players Championship and all four majors), the top 70 (exempt for invitationals) and the top 125 (exempt for full-field Tour events).

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Cool Millions

Strange became the first golfer to earn seven figures in a single season, in 1988. Two years later Lee Trevino was the first senior to crack $1 million, but it wasn't until 1996 that a woman, Karrie Webb, did so. This year 121 players made a million or more.

? PGA

? Champions

? LPGA

Age Gauge

Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam rank among golf's greatest champions, but Tiger Woods is on a trajectory to exceed their accomplishments. Here are their running PGA and LPGA win totals.

? Jack Nicklaus

? Tiger Woods

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