The 10 Highest-Earning Golfers Of All Time

By on April 24, 2017 in ArticlesEntertainment

Golf pays. Sure, athletes in the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL bring home substantial paychecks, but they also have limited careers. The average professional basketball, football, baseball, or hockey career is nowhere near as long as the average professional golf career. A golfer can play the game and stay in the spotlight for decades. An NFL player's average career is around three years. Golfers can keep playing on the professional circuit well into their 50s. Golf is also a sport that is played year round and all over the world. There are tons of opportunities for pro golfers to make a little extra cash. And then there are the endorsements. Golfers are an attractive option for businesses and brands looking for a spokesman. Golf traditionally reaches a demographic with high levels of disposable income.  Golf's international appeal adds to the lucrative endorsement deals.

Let's take a look at the 10 highest earning professional golfers of all time. We bet you can guess who number one is!

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#10. Dustin Johnson

Net Worth: $20 million

Nationality: American

Lifetime Pro earnings: $59.3 million

Major championships: 2016 U.S. Open

#10. Justin Rose

Net Worth: $36 million

Nationality: English

Lifetime Pro earnings: $59.3 million

Major championships: 2013 U.S. Open

#8. Adam Scott

Net Worth: $40 million

Nationality: Australian

Lifetime Pro earnings: $65.7 million

Major championships: 2013 Masters

#7. Rory McIlroy

Net Worth: $80 million

Nationality: Northern Irish

Lifetime Pro earnings: $67.5 million

Major championships: 2011 U.S. Open, 2012 PGA Championship, 2014 The Open Championship, 2014 PGA Championship

#6. Sergio Garcia

Net Worth: $70 million

Nationality: Spanish

PGA Tour earnings: $68.8 million

Major championships: 2017 Masters

#5. Ernie Els

Net Worth: $85 million

Nationality: South African

Lifetime Pro earnings: $79.1 million

Major championships: 1994 U.S. Open, 1997 U.S. Open, 2002 The Open Championship, 2012 The Open Championship

#4. Vijay Singh

Net Worth: $75 million

Nationality: Fijian

Lifetime Pro earnings: $81.1 million

Major championships: 1998 PGA Championship, 2000 Masters Tournament, 2004 PGA Championship

#3. Jim Furyk

Net Worth: $60 million

Nationality: American

Lifetime Pro earnings: $82.4 million

Major championships: 2003 U.S. Open

#2. Phil Mickelson

Net Worth: $375 million

Nationality: American

Lifetime Pro earnings: $109.4 million

Major championships: 2004 Masters, 2005 PGA Championship, 2006 Masters, 2010 Masters, 2013 The Open Championship

#1.Tiger Woods

Net Worth: $740 million

Nationality: American

Lifetime Pro earnings: $158.7 million

Major championships: 1997 Masters, 1999 PGA Championship, 2000 U.S. Open, 2000 The Open Championship, 2000 PGA Championship, 2001 Masters, 2002 Masters, 2002 U.S. Open, 2005 Masters, 2005 The Open Championship, 2006 The Open Championship, 2006 PGA Championship, 2007 PGA Championship, 2008 U.S. Open

Articles Written by Amy Lamare
Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based writer covering business, technology, entertainment, philanthropy, and pop culture. She spent 8 1/2 years covering the entertainment industry for www.hsx.com. She attended the University of Southern California where she majored in Creative Writing. An avid long distance runner, weekends she can be found running the streets of Los Angeles training for 1/2 and full marathons. Follow her on Facebook.
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