There are innumerable ways to distill a PGA Tour season. One of the most fun ways for me annually is to see how much money the top golfers made per shot on the year. For example, Patrick Reed made a ton of dough this year ($7.7 million if you include his FedEx Cup money), but he also played in 50 percent more tournaments than guys like Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy.
So I want to look at return on investment. How much did you get out of what you put in? Let's take a look at the top six earners in dollars per shot on the PGA Tour this season. This includes FedEx Cup bonus money as well.
|Golfer||Money||Shots||Money per shot|
|Rory McIlroy||$15.8 million||4,338||$3,640|
|Dustin Johnson||$12.4 million||5,977||$2,069|
|Jason Day||$8.8 million||4,810||$1,839|
|Adam Scott||$8.0 million||5,577||$1,430|
|Jordan Spieth||$6.1 million||5,567||$1,094|
|Patrick Reed||$7.7 million||7,551||$1,017|
Pretty interesting, right? Every time McIlroy took his driver or his putter back to strike the ball, that movement was worth $3,640. Can you even fathom such a thing? McIlroy only played in 18 events, and though he didn't play that well in the majors, he won the big money tournaments at the end and took home the $10 million FedEx Cup prize.
McIlroy's $3,640 number actually barely beat out Jordan Spieth from 2015 when he made $3,623 per shot even though Spieth earned $23 million last year. McIlroy's is golf's greatest talent, which we saw in full over the final few weeks in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He's also its most efficient one.