This list put together by Golf Digest, shows just how uneven the playing field is for men and women golfers! When a golfer like Jason Dufner (who is no slouch on the golf course) is ahead of World #1 Lydia Ko in earnings, that is just wrong! Folks, start watching the LPGA Tour on TV and you will find these women can really play! Just as exciting and competitive as the men.
For the first 12 years of the Golf Digest 50 all-encompassing money list, Tiger Woods was No. 1, usually by a wide margin. But reduced play because of injuries and the loss of more than half a dozen A-list endorsement partners after the 2009 scandal caught up to him in 2016, when he fell to No. 3 behind Jordan Spieth and Mickelson. This year, Woods is No. 4 behind Rory McIlroy, Arnold Palmer and Mickelson.
10.) GARY PLAYER
PREVIOUS RANK: 10
ON COURSE: —
OFF COURSE: $15,000,000
9.) ADAM SCOTT
PREVIOUS RANK: 18
ON COURSE: $8,160,920
OFF COURSE: $6,900,000
8.) JASON DAY
PREVIOUS RANK: 7
ON COURSE: $8,845,112
OFF COURSE: $10,750,000
7.) DUSTIN JOHNSON
PREVIOUS RANK: 13
ON COURSE: $12,664,185
OFF COURSE: $7,100,000
6.) JACK NICKLAUS
PREVIOUS RANK: 6
ON COURSE: $42,000
OFF COURSE: $20,000,000
South African Champions Tour star David Frost has been a friend of mine for many years. His career as a PGA and European PGA Tour Pro is legendary. But he was once a young child, like each of us, carefree and enjoying barefoot rugby with other kids.One of those kids was recently connected with Frost through facebook. He had not seen his former rugby teammate in 48 years, when Charl DeVilliers came to visit Frost at the Champion Tour’s Insperity Invitational at Ft. Worth, Texas.You’ve got to read this story about two very different lives and about inspiration that made me tear up. Thanks so much to Melanie Houser’s article for PGATour.com. I loved seeing the picture of my friend at 10 years of age. WOW!
THE WOODLANDS, Texas – They were relaxing over a late lunch recently, laughing and telling stories about being kids in their native South Africa. Stories about always being outdoors in the San Francisco-like weather; about finding ways – as you do when you’re elementary school age – to make your own fun with neighborhood friends.
They laughed about playing rugby barefoot. And about how kids growing up near Cape Town walked around with their arms constantly in motion – repeating the execution of a rugby pop or spin pass the way American kids are always working on a forward pass or swinging a bat.
At one point, Charl De Villiers pulled out a worn photograph of an 11-and-under rugby team in 1968. There was serious water damage to the bottom left, dog-eared corners and cracks running through the picture. But there, in the upper left corner were two teammates, two old buddies – a smiling 9-year-old De Villiers on the left and a very serious 10-year-old David Frost to his right.
“The coach. Is that Mr. Block?” Frost asked. De Villiers nodded yes.
It’s one of those bittersweet moments that remind you of youth and innocence and how fragile life can be. But for Frost, a 10-time PGA TOUR champion, and De Villiers, it was also a reminder of how resilient, how determined and indomitable the human spirit is.
Not long after that photo was taken, De Villiers was playing cowboys and crooks in his backyard with nine other friends when a freak accident left him with third-degree burns over 80 percent of his body. His parents were told it was extremely bad and he might not make it. He was in God’s hands. He survived by God’s grace.
The horrific accident stunned the town, but life moved on and it became a memory until Facebook reconnected the two old friends about a month ago.
They hadn’t seen each other in about 48 years when de Villiers and his wife made the 90-mile drive up from Lake Jackson, Texas, and met Frost for dinner. Then, De Villiers walked barefoot with Frost during the Champions Tour’s Insperity Invitational Pro-Am.
“He’s an inspiration,’’ Frost said. “He’s had a very hard life. He persevered despite people thinking because he is disabled, he’s not whole, but he never gave up on his dreams.’’
De Villiers and Frost reunite at the Champions Tour’s Insperity Invitational. (Courtesy of Paul Lester)
Hospitals. Two years of surgeries. Skin grafts. His arms had melted to his torso; his neck was stuck to his chest. His lungs were scarred from the fire.
First, they freed his left arm, then his right. Finally his neck. He could move normally and swing a golf club, but a course of antibiotics to stave off infection during that time left De Villiers deaf.
It slowed him down, but stop him? No way.
Frost, whose last TOUR win came at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in 1997, shakes his head. He was a child and never knew the whole story. Now that he does, he’s humbled.
Frost, who has won six times on the Champions Tour, introduced his friend to Bernhard Langer, Ben Crenshaw, Nick Price and Tom Weiskopf, among others. De Villiers is animated, telling stories like he did all day with Frost’s pro-am partners.
“It’s been wonderful, just watching him,’’ said De Villiers’ wife Wanda. “He’s animated, he’s happy. He’s smiling.’’
She paused and pointed at Frost. “This is a very special man.’’
Frost shakes his head.
I always love these “Top 10” videos from either the PGA, LPGA or Champions Tours. They show the unusual, funny and sometimes remarkable shots these Pros play. However, the shot that Cory Pavin plays on the 14th hole during the 2011 Allianz Championship has got to be one of the greatest up and downs I have ever seen in my long golfing life. This has to be seen to be believed!
Source : PGA Tour