Nelly Korda and Jin Young Ko represent golf among the highest paid female athletes in the world in 2021

In a few months, women’s golf has come a long way. The LPGA Tour has attracted a lot of attention, with its fanbase growing every day. Some players have taken the game to another level, convincing more and more fans to follow them and their tour.

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For anyone who actually follows women’s golf, Nelly Korda and Jin Young Ko are household names. Both have proven to be excellent players, putting in the performances of their careers last year.

As a result, he put them both on the world map. Korda was immensely appreciated for her Olympic gold medal, while the South Korean was at the top of her game with several victories.

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NAPLES, FL – NOVEMBER 20: Jin Young Ko of South Korea reacts to his putt during the third round of the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf on November 20, 2021 in Naples, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

Nelly Korda and Jin Young Ko are among the highest paid female athletes

According to recent reports, the two have also entered the list of highest paid female athletes in the world.

Now, while the pay gap between female and male golfers is often discussed, there has been progress. Other sponsors were added, many of them on the LPGA Tour itself. This justifies a bigger prize pool, which in turn justifies a bigger salary.

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Ko is ranked sixth on the Forbes list, earning $7.5 million in 2021. Of that amount, $3.5 million is earned on the court, and the rest is excluded. Ko was perfect on the course, also winning the LPGA Player of the Year award. His sponsors are also South Koreans, known to love golf. LG Electronics, Korean Air, Rejuran skincare and Jeju SamDaSoo mineral water are among its most popular supporters.

NAPLES, FL – NOVEMBER 20: Nelly Korda reacts to a bogey putt on the second hole during round three of the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf on November 20, 2021 in Naples, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Korda, with $5.9 million under his belt, ranks ninth on the list. She not only won Olympic gold, but also the PGA Women’s Championship. Hanwha Q Cells and UFC are two of his multiple sponsors.

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The full list:

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  • Naomi Osaka – $57.3 million
  • Serena Williams – $45.9 million
  • Venus Williams – $11.3 million
  • Simone Biles – $10.1 million
  • Garbiñe Muguruza – $8.8 million
  • Jin Young Ko $7.5 million
  • PV Sindhu – $7.2 million
  • Ashleigh Barty – $6.9 million
  • Nelly Korda – $5.9 million
  • Candice Parker – $5.7 million

What do you think of their earnings? Can LPGA stars earn more in 2022?