Top Richest Golfers 2017
Net worth: $740 million Between 1997 and 2010, Woods dominated the world of golf and shattered records. Then came the sex scandal, divorce and a drop in rankings. He also lost some sponsors. However, Nike stood by him and he made a huge comeback. He consistently ranks as one of the world’s highest paid athletes.
Mickelson has won five majors and ranks 2nd on the PGA Tour’s list of all-time career earnings. However, he actually makes more money from endorsements and in 2011, he was the second-highest paid of all athletes in the US.
Net worth: $320 million The Golden Bear is called the greatest in the history of golf and won an incredible 18 majors in a career that spanned from 1961 to 2005. He owns one of the world’s largest golf course design companies and his golfing instructional video has sold more copies than any other.
Net worth: $300 million The Aussie known as the Great White Shark won 90 professional tournaments, including two majors and is a former #1. His multinational, Great White Shark Enterprises, earns him money from ventures as diverse as golf course design and beef exports.
5. Gary Player – $250 Million
Net worth: $250 million The International Ambassador of Golf has won 165 professional tournaments, among them golf’s Grand Slam, in his career of over six decades. The legendary South African has also made money from writing golf books, designing golf courses, breeding thoroughbred horses and other business ventures.
6. Fred Couples – $120 Million Net worth: $120 million The American known as ‘Boom Boom’ has 63 professional wins, including 1992 Masters Tournament, to his name. He now plays mainly on the seniors circuit and also designs golf courses. He is playing in the 2017 Masters.
Net worth: $75 million The Big Easy has held the #1 spot and, at 788 weeks up to 2013, also the record for the most weeks in the top 10. The South African earns extra money from designing golf courses and from his winery, Ernie Els Wines.
8. Rory McIlroy – $80 – Million
Net worth: $80 million McIlroy, who hails from Northern Ireland, is the current
#1 golfer in the world. He’s already won four majors and has a huge endorsement
deal with Nike. Not bad for someone who’s only 25.
9. Vijay Singh – $75 Million
Net worth: $75 million Singh proved that Fiji can produce more than just rugby players. In 2004 and 2005, he ranked at #1 and among his 59 professional wins are three majors.
10. Sergio Garcia – $70 Million
Sergio Garcia is a Spanish professional golfer who plays on both the United States PGA Tour and the European Tour and has a net worth of $70 million. Sergio Garcia earned his net worth in playing professional golf. He began playing golf at the age of three and was taught by his father, Victor, who is a club professional. At the age of 12, he was a star player as a junior, winning his club championship. Four years later, he set a record as the youngest player to make the cut at a European Tour event, the 1995 Turespaña Open Mediterranea.
11. Jim Furyk – $60 Million
Net worth: $50 million
The American won the US Open in 2003 and while he hasn’t won any other majors, he consistently ranks amongst the top golfers. He’s been in the top 10 for more than 380 weeks since 1999.
Jordan Spieth is an American professional golfer who has a net worth of $60 million. He was born on June 27, 1993 in Dallas, Texas and attended St. Monica’s Catholic School and Jesuit College Prep in Dallas… Jordan won the US Junior Amateur tournament in both 2009 and 2011, only the second player in history to do so (Tiger Woods was the first).
Nick Faldo – Net Worth: Nick Faldo is an English professional golfer who has a net worth of $60 million. Nick Faldo is probably most famous for winning three Open Championships and three Masters. He is also the lead golf analyst for CBS Sports. Born on July 18, 1957 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England.
Pete Dye is an American golf top course designer.
Net worth: $40 million The Aussie ranked #1 in the world for a couple of months in 2014. His winnings have brought him quite a bit of money already, and he may grow even richer from endorsement deals.