Lawrence and Murray top prize money rankings

After her win at Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant, Holly Lawrence moves to the top of the women's prize money list, while Richard Murray remains on top of the mens.

| June 26, 2017 | NEWS

Holly Lawrence on top of the podium at Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant with Sarah True (left) and Magali Tisseyre.

Holly Lawrence on top of the podium at Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant with Sarah True (left) and Magali Tisseyre.

Photo >Courtesy Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant

There's no two ways about it - if you want your child to make his or her fortune through sports, you're best to put a golf club (or tennis raquet) in their hands early rather than get them on a bike.

The Challenge Family professional prize money list came out today and the numbers are pretty depressing when you compare our sport to golf. Richard Murray leads the men's rankings with a grand total of $97,578 through four races this year. Much of that prize purse comes from his win of the Super League Triathlon in March. Compare that to the PGA leading Dustin Johnson, who has amassed $6,355,725 in his 12 events so far in 2017.

Top 5 male prize money earners:

1. Richard Murray (RSA) - $97.578
2. Mario Mola (ESP) - $76.639
3. Lionel Sanders (CAN) - $70.000
4. Javier Gomez (ESP) - $52.354
5. Tim Don (GBR) - $49.000

You can see the complete men's list here.

Women's standings:

Holly Lawrence has moved ahead of Daniela Ryf on the women's list thanks to her win in Mont-Tremblant on the weekend. In her five races this year Lawrence has amassed $55,000 in prize money. Once again the prize money gap to golf is dramatic - compared Lawrence's prize money to LPGA money leader Lexi Thompson's $999,590.

Top 5 female prize money earners:

1. Holly Lawrence (GBR) - $55,000
2. Daniela Ryf (SUI) - $54,503
3. Susie Cheetham (GBR) - $43,000
4. Annabel Luxford (AUS) - $42,245
5. Lucy Charles (GBR) - $41,760

You can see the complete women's list here.

The weekend's events included on the prize money list included Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant, won by Lawrence and Sanders, Ironman 70.3 Coeur d'Alene won by Matt Hanson and Haley Chura and Challenge Nakhon Nayok won by Fredrik Croneborg (who moved up one spot ahead of Jonathan Brownlee on the standings for his efforts) and Anna Eberhardt.