Golf is not only one of the most popular sports in America but also the most expensive sport around the globe. Gold appears easy on the eye, but it is one of the most difficult sports to learn and master. One of the main takeaways from golf is that both old and young people can enjoy it. According to Deemples, golf is considered a wealthy sport, listed as the fourth highest paid sport that attracts some of the world's richest players. The popularity of this game has helped many players increase their net worth through endorsements, deals, and prize money. Here, we will take a closer look at the 20 richest golfers of all time.
20. Henrik Stenson ($25 Million)
Henrik Olof Stenson is a Swedish professional golfer who has won several prestigious awards: the DP World Tour Championship, The Players Championship, the European Tour's Race, and PGA Tour's FedEx Cup. He became the first professional golf player to win the season finales of the European Tour's Race and PGA Tour's FedEx Cup. Stenson is the first male Nordic major golf champion with a championship record score of 264. With a net worth of $25 million, Henrik Stenson is listed among the richest golfers of all time.
19. Darren Clarke ($30 Million)
Darren Christopher Clarke is an Irish professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour Champions. He developed a passion for golf at a young age and continued playing the game after enrolling at University. Clarke began playing golf professionally in 1990, where he went on to win the Alfred Dunhill Open held in Belgium. This was his first European Tour Win, making him a prominent player on the pro golf circuit. In 1996, he won his second European Tour at the Linde German Masters.
18. David Toms ($35 Million)
David Toms is an American professional golfer born in Monroe, Louisiana. In 1991, he began playing for his University golf team, where he qualified for his first PGA Tour Tournament. Toms has won a number of awards, including; the 1996 Quad Classic, the 2011 Payne Steward Award, the 2012 U.S Open, and many others. David struggled during the 2008 season with injuries that forced him to miss a large part of the year's season. He participated in only twenty golf events, finishing No.136 on the FedEx Cup standings.
17. Justin Rose ($40 Million)
Justin Rose is a South African professional golfer who currently resides in England. He began his golfing career at a young age, where he played in several golf tournaments and even participated in his first Walker cup at the age of seventeen. It was until 2002 that he became a prominent name in the golfing world after winning five PGA Tour events, the Sunshine Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia, and six European Tour events. Rose has achieved his net worth of $40 million through endorsement deals and brand sponsorships. He is one of the five golfers in the world to win different golf tournaments in the six continents where golf is played.
16. Adam Scott ($40 Million)
Adam Scott is an Australian professional golfer with a net worth of $40 million. In 200, he began his professional golfing career in the European circuit. Scott did not get off with a good start and did not win his first title until 2001. Since then, he has won several PGA tours, European titles, the 2013 Masters Tournament, the 2016 WGC-Cadillac Championship, and the second position at the 2012 Open Championship. According to CEO World, Adam Scott has won 31 professional golfing tournaments around the world.
15. Pete Dye ($50 Million)
Pete Dye is an American course designer and golfer with a net worth of $50 million. He was an outstanding golf amateur at high school and then joined the United States Army in 1944, putting a hold on his golfing career. After leaving the army in 1962, Dye followed in his father's footsteps and started focusing as a course designer. He designed golf courses like the 18-hole course in Indianapolis, the Crooked Stick Golf Club, the Radrick Farms Golf Course for the University of Michigan, and many others. In 2008, Pete Dye was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame for his tremendous contribution to golf.
14. Davis Love ($50 Million)
Davis Milton Love is an American professional golfer who has won 21 events on the PGA Tour, such as the 1997 PGA Championship and the 1992 and 2003 Players Championship. He began his professional golfing career in 1985 and was later listed among the top 10 Official World Golf Rankings for about 450 weeks. In 2012, Love was named the U.S. Ryder Cup team captain. He currently competes in the PGA Champion Tour and PGA Tour.
13. Nick Faldo ($60 Million)
Nick Faldo is a professional golfer from England, famously known for winning three Open championships and three Masters. He began his professional golfing career in 1976 and had since then won more than forty professional golf wins, including; three Open Championships, six Major Championships, and 30 victories on the European Tour. He was ranked as the No.1 Golf Player on the Official Golf Rankings for about 90 weeks. Besides his successful golfing career, Nick Faldo is also involved in the TV world and became the lead golf analyst for CBS Sports. In 2012, he joined the BBC Sport on-air team for coverage of the Open Championship.
12. Ian Poulter ($60 Million)
Ian Poulter is a professional golf player from England who is famous for his obsession with collecting Ferraris and amazing dress sense. He began his professional golfing career in 1996 and won his first Open Championship in 1999. He has a record of sixteen professional wins throughout his golfing career and was honored with the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year in 2000. With a net worth of $60 million, he is listed as the twelfth richest golfer of all time.
11. Sergio Garcia ($70 Million)
Sergio Garcia Fernandez is a Spanish professional golfer with a net worth of $70 million. He has played on the LIV Golf Invitational Series, PGA Tour, and European Tour. Throughout his career, he has won 36 international golf tournaments, including; the 2008 Players Championship, the 2005 U.S. Open, The 2007 Open Championship, and the 2017 Masters Tournament. Garcia has been able to increase his net worth through several endorsement deals and golf prize money. According to The Richest, Sergio Garcia is considered one of the greatest golf players of all time.
10. Vijay Singh ($75 Million)
Vijay Singh, famously known as The Big Fijian, is a professional golf player from Fiji. He is the first athlete of South-Asian descent to win a major championship in golf. He has won 34 events on the Professional Golfers' Association of American Tour throughout his career. Singh has also won one Master's Title and two PGA Championships. The now 56-year-old has a net worth of $75 million and is the owner of an enormous four-bedroom condo in New York. His biggest career earnings were $60 million, gained through several endorsement deals, sponsorships, and prize money. He was listed as the No.1 golfer in the Official World Golf Rankings for about 32 weeks and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006.
9. Ernie Els ($85 Million)
Ernie Els, also known as The Big Easy, is a South African professional golf player. Throughout his golfing career, he has won 28 Europe tours, 4 Major Championships, and 19 GPA tour wins. Els is one of the six golfers to win both the Open Championship and U.S. Open Championship twice. One of the most notable highlights during his career included winning the 2003 and 2004 European Tour Order of Merit and winning the World Match Play Championship seven times. In 2010, Ernie was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame. He currently plays in the PGA Tour Championships. Apart from his successful golfing career, he owns a golf course design business that also serves as a charitable foundation to support golf among the underprivileged youth in South Africa.
8. Jordan Spieth ($110 million)
Jordan Spieth is an American professional golf player and the youngest and richest golfer on our list. The 28-year-old has a net worth of $110 million, gained through endorsement deals, sponsorships, and prize deals. In 2015, he was ranked No.1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for about 25 weeks. His largest career earnings was in 2015 during the Master's Tournament, where he amassed about $1.8 million after setting the new 36-hole record. Spieth is also a two-time winner of the US Junior Amateur Tournament, making him the second player to win this tournament twice.
7. Fred Couples ($120 Million)
Fred Couples, also known as Boom Boom, is an American professional golf player. He is famously known for his incredible tee skills and amazing personality. Throughout his career, the 62-year-old has won 64 professional golf tournaments, including; several PGA Tours, the 1992 Masters Tournament, and the 1984-1986 Players Championship. Apart from his successful golf career, he is the owner of Anatabloc, which is a nutraceutical company. Couples have increased his $120 million net worth through victories in his golfing career, endorsements, and sponsorship deals.
6. Rory McIlroy ($170 Million)
Rory McIlroy is a Northern Irish golf player with a net worth of $170 million. In 2012, he was listed as the world's No.1 golf player by the Official World Golf Ranking and maintained the position for about 100 weeks. According to Go Banking Rates, Rory is often considered one of the greatest golfers of all time and has been able to achieve countless golf victories during his golf career. Some of his major highlights include; 13 Europe tour wins, 4 Major Championships, and 13 GPA tour wins. He is also a four-time Major Champion, winning the 2011 U.S. Open, 2012 PGA Championship, 2014 PGA Championship, and 2014 Open Championship. Alongside Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus, he is ranked as one of the players to win four Major Championships at 25.
5. Gary Player ($250 Million)
Gary Player is a former professional South African golf player with a net worth of $250 million. He has had many PGA tours and 9 Major Championships during his seven-decade golfing career. The 86-year-old golfer is considered one of the greatest golf players of all time. Apart from his successful golfing career, he owns a course design company, a real estate firm, and golf player academies.
4. Phil Mickelson ($300 Million)
Phil Mickelson is an American professional golf player and the oldest winner of the PGA Championship. According to Essentially Sports, Mickelson is considered as one of the most fantastic athletes in the world of golf. He began playing golf during college and has since won countless PGA tours and championships. Besides his golfing career, he is also an active social media influencer.
3. Jack Nicklaus ($400 Million)
Jack Nicklaus, also known as The Golden Bear, is a retired American professional golf player. During his golfing career, he has won 115 professional tournaments, including; 73 PGA tours, 18 Major Championships, and other events. In addition to his successful golfing career, Nicklaus is the owner of the Nicklaus Design Company, which has designed more than 400 golf courses worldwide.
2. Greg Norman ($410 Million)
Greg Norman is a retired Australian professional golfer with 89 tournaments won during his golfing career. The 67-year-old golf star was also listed as the No.1 golf player by the Official World Golf Rankings until 1990. Apart from golfing, he owns a wine production company, a golf academy, private equity, and a real-estate company.
1. Tiger Woods ($1 billion)
Tiger Woods is an American professional golf player widely known as one of the greatest golf players of all time. According to Forbes, he is the richest golfer of all time with a net worth of $1 billion. His major achievement include; 41 Europe tour wins, 5 Master titles, 15 Majors, and 82 PGA tour wins.
Written by Dana Hanson
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