Ryder Cup 2012: USA have edge in financial stakes with earnings dwarfing Euro rivals

USA have edge in financial stakes ahead of Ryder Cup with earnings dwarfing Euro rivals

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13:52 GMT, 22 September 2012

The United States will try to win back the Ryder Cup with a side that has earned a staggering 235million on the PGA Tour alone.

Tiger Woods, making his seventh appearance, and Phil Mickelson, earning a record ninth cap for the States, not surprisingly lead the way in career earnings with 62million and 41million respectively.

The poor man of the side is last year's USPGA champion Keegan Bradley. He is having to survive on earnings so far of a mere 4.6million.

In the pink: Tiger Woods leads the way in career earnings

In the pink: Tiger Woods leads the way in career earnings

Jose Maria Olazabal, meanwhile, will captain a team that has won just under 130million on the European Tour and, in most cases, further fortunes in the States.

In Europe alone Lee Westwood is their top man in the money stakes on 22million, with cup newcomer Nicolas Colsaerts bringing up the rear on 3.2million.

Sergio Garcia is their leading earner in America with 18.7million, followed by Luke Donald on 17.4million and Justin Rose on 12.4million.

The money men

USA

Tiger Woods 62.1million

Phil Mickelson 41.6m

Jim Furyk 32.2m

Steve Stricker 21.5m

Zach Johnson 16.1m

Matt Kuchar 12.7m

Dustin Johnson 10.3m

Bubba Watson 10.2m

Brandt Snedeker 9m

Jason Dufner 7.5m

Webb Simpson 7.2m

Keegan Bradley 4.6m

Europe

Lee Westwood 22.1m (PGA Tour 8.3m)

Sergio Garcia 13.6m (18.7m)

Ian Poulter 13.2m (7.7m)

Luke Donald 11.6m (17.4m)

Martin Kaymer 11.2m (1.7m)

Graeme McDowell 10.9m (4.4m)

Rory McIlroy 10.5m (8m)

Paul Lawrie 8.9m (823,000)

Peter Hanson 8m (1.1m)

Justin Rose 7.9m (12.4m)

Francesco Molinari 7.5m (627k)

Nicolas Colsaerts 3.2m (304k)