Lydia Ko wins most cash, but unable to collect it
New Zealand's top-earning sportswoman collected no prizemoney in 2012.
While prodigious golfer Lydia Ko won two professional tournaments over the past 12 months, her amateur status meant she was unable to actually receive almost $400,000 in winnings. That means tennis player Marina Erakovic, ranked world No 66, actually banked the most money.
Even early exits at grand slams are major money-spinners, with second-round defeats at Wimbledon and the Australian Open earning her over $54,000, and an opening-round loss at the US Open worth almost $27,500.
Double Olympic champion Valerie Adams is the next cab off the rank thanks to her continued success on the global Diamond League.
Adams won five stages of the circuit, worth $12,000 apiece, and also the overall women's shot put honours.
Fellow athlete Kim Smith was close behind off the back of a $120,000 windfall from a medley series win in the United States, while Silver Ferns captain Casey Williams rounds out the top five.
Lydia Ko* (golf) $392,090 Marina Erakovic (tennis) $384,307 Valerie Adams (athletics) $200,000 Kim Smith (athletics) $150,000 Casey Williams (netball) $100,000
*amateur, did not collect prizemoney
Sunday Star Times