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PGA Tour: 2022/23 Money List contenders

The PGA Tour money list started with the Fortinet Championship in the middle of September, but most members of the betting community like to get involved around the turn of the year, with the Majors having such a big bearing on the outcome.

What: PGA Money List 2022/23
Where: Various locations in the USA
How to watch: Sky Sports Golf
Odds: Rory McIlroy 23/10, Scottie Scheffler 9/2, Jon Rahm 5/1, Patrick Cantlay 14/1, Justin Thomas 18/1

The PGA Tour Money List is the seasonal cash race which is determined by which player earns the most dollar in official PGA Tour events.

The Fortinet Championship in California was the opening tournament of the season and the Tour Championship in Georgia at the end of August will be the traditional curtain-closer.

The FedEx Cup has taken over in recent years as the focus of PGA Tour commentators - with the PGA Tour money list in the background - but many would argue that the money list is the best measure of how well a player has performed.

The Tour Championship is all-important for the FedEx Cup - whoever wins that tournament at East Lake will take the FedEx Cup too - and handicap positions for the Tour Championship are determined by seasonal FedEx Cup points earnings. For the money list, every dollar counts, and season-long consistency is better reflected.

Scottie Scheffler won the money list last season, with a $14,046,910 total, which left him almost $4m ahead of his nearest rival. He won the Phoenix Open, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and the Masters.

An inspired performance from Rory McIlroy in the Tour Championship meant Scheffler was denied the FedEx Cup, but it was difficult for anyone to argue that Scheffler was not the best PGA Tour player of the season.

Scheffler is 9/2 To Win Outright the 2022/23 money list. McIlroy is 23/10. One reason for the disparity in prices is that the Northern Irishman has already won a tournament - the CJ Cup in October - banking a healthy cheque to leave him more than $1m ahead of Scheffler.

The others players who have already pocketed a winner's cheque which counts towards the new money list are Max Homa (40/1), Mackenzie Hughes, Tom Kim (30/1), Keegan Bradley (55/1), Seamus Power (66/1), Russell Henley (60/1), Tony Finau (22/1) and Adam Svensson.

There are 38 tournaments to go until the PGA Tour money list is completed. The first of those is the Sentry Tournament of Champions, which starts at the Plantation Course, Kapalua, Hawaii, on Thursday.

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Rory McIlroy

There are many reasons for believing that McIlroy could be in for a hugely profitable 2023 - and the world number one's status as 23/10 PGA Tour money list favourite is fully understandable.

McIlroy has laid a strong foundation for the year ahead by winning the CJ Cup and he will be expecting to bank enormous amounts of dollar in the forthcoming Majors.

The Northern Irishman finally appears ready to win the Masters, with his approach-play and putting better than ever, while the Open Championship returns to the venue where he lifted the Claret Jug. He was victorious at Royal Liverpool in 2014.

Tony Finau

The 22/1 about Finau seems likely to catch the eye of many punters who watched the giant Utah man finish 2022 in style. For many years, this amiable character was a nearly-man, but he has developed into a prolific champion with five PGA Tour titles to his name.

Finau won the Houston Open in November, laying the foundation for a strong money-list challenge, and he should bank plenty of dollar in the Majors.

The American can boast 10 top-10s in Majors and he finished third in the 2019 Open. In his current mood, it would come as no surprise if he became a Major champion in the year ahead.

Collin Morikawa

Punters seeking bigger odds may cast a glance at the 55/1 about Collin Morikawa landing the money-list title for the first time. The two-time Major champion could make a mockery of that price if he rediscovers his A-game.

Morikawa looked to be getting back to something like his best in the final few weeks of the 2022 - his laser-like iron-play returning - so the Californian will have high hopes of being a leading runner for all major honours in 2023.

The fact the US Open is going to be played in his home city of Los Angeles will thrill Morikawa. He could be the man to beat on a course he knows well from his amateur days.

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