McBeth Now Tops Career Winnings ListPosted by On 18th April 2019

Paul McBeth is now the PDGA’s all-time money leader. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Paul McBeth is a four-time PDGA World Champion, two-time United States Disc Golf Champion, and has won a total of 13 Majors and 21 National Tour events in his 12-year pro career.

Now, he can add another feather to his cap: He’s the leader in all-time prize money earned at PDGA events.

McBeth’s $3,510 from his victory at the Jonesboro Open last weekend brought his career winnings total to $432,908.09, which helped him leapfrog 12-time PDGA World Champion Ken Climo on the money list.

Player PDGA # First Pro Cash Events Wins Total Prize Money
Paul McBeth 27523 2007 314 115 $432,908.09
Ken Climo 4297 1988 456 223 $432,828.62
David Feldberg 12626 2000 542 110 $405,888.08
Barry Schultz 6840 1993 540 234 $394,609.70
Richard Wysocki 38008 2009 307 106 $361,271.76
Nikko Locastro 11534 2006 392 116 $297,582.76
Nathan Doss 11794 2000 308 42 $275,759.43
Paul Ulibarri 27171 2006 455 88 $271,611.90
Steven Rico 4666 1993 488 124 $262,050.62
Cale Leiviska 24341 2004 346 113 $234,968.82

The Huntington Beach, California, native said he knew the accomplishment was coming thanks to a widely circulated video that helped visualize disc golfers’ career earnings. But it was still a surprise that it happened so soon.

“I kinda had an idea, but I didn’t know that it was gonna be done after Jonesboro,” McBeth said on this week’s episode of PDGA Radio. “So that was cool that it happened with a big win like that.”

McBeth said the money mark wasn’t one he ever eyeballed, just due to the fact that payouts vary from one tournament to another. Still, he was happy to have surpassed a Disc Golf Hall of Famer in Climo.

“The numbers that he put out there, they’ve always seemed untouchable,” McBeth said. “So to break one like this — a career record for Kenny — that’s something unbelievable. And that’s something I’ll continue to push for future generations.”


Facts and accomplishments from McBeth’s career so far

First cash: 2007 Sunrise Showdown in Wrightwood, California.

  • McBeth came in first place and won $500. He bought a pair of Nikes.

Number of tournaments since first cash: 305

Number of times McBeth has missed cash: 6

  • Five of those came during the first three years of his career. His last missed cash was at the 2017 Green Mountain Championship, when he withdrew due to injury.

Largest purse: $10,000

  • Earned for both the 2018 United States Disc Golf Championship and being the 2017 PDGA National Tour Series Champion.

Career PDGA National Tour bonus money: $23,750

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