AUSSIE golfer Steve Elkington hasn’t had a bad start to his US Champions Tour career but it is nice to discover he won’t be roughing it when it comes to accommodation on the road.
The recently turned 50 year old has had a top 10 and a top 25 in his three starts so far and has earned US$70,357 in tour winnings in his first few weeks.
That is probably enough to pay for the fuel of the huge two storey semi trailer he is using as his home office while on the tour.
As well his golf, Elkington has a number of other business interests, particularly with digital products associated with his Secret in the Dirt website collaboration.
The US Golf Digest has a current feature story on Elkington, with some great pictures of the quite opulent trailer – called “The Big Show” - here. Not your average Grey Nomad.
Bernhard Langer surpasses PGA Tour career earnings
Elkington shouldn’t be too worried about covering expenses though – including his reported five permanent staff members.
With his win at the 2013 ACE Group Classic last weekend, Germany’s Bernhard Langer pushed his Champions Tour winnings even further past his total career earnings on the US PGA Tour – including his two Masters victories.
Langer pocketed US$240,000 for his ACE win and when combined with his takings in the first two events this year, took his overall earnings since joining the over 50’s tour five years ago to US$10,559,127.
That’s more than US$400,000 more than from his 308 starts on the regular tour.
The 55 year old Langer collected US$10,111,921 at an average of just under US$32,000 per start in his “prime” while on the Champion Tour he has averaged just over US$100,000 per event in his 117 starts.