Golf is one game which bringing a good deal of money for the players. Tiger Woods Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els every one of them is earning in Million. Some where Tiger Woods leads the richest list of athletes due to high endorsement deals. There are some newer names that have been popping up in the PGA tour for 2013, and there are also some familiar old pros that have been sticking up there in the high rankings. When we look at the tour as a whole, we can see how the points are racking up.
It’s a well known fact that there is serious money in professional golf but being a golfer is a bit like being an entrepreneur. You have to perform well not just because it’s your job to, but because you won’t earn any money and won’t be able to continue to perform at all if you don’t. But do earnings always match up to performance? Now Rory McIlroy has hit the number one spot in the rankings, can he hope to cash in on his best run of form? It won’t come as much of a surprise to know that the man in the picture – Tiger Woods – who is arguably the world’s most famous golfer – is still top of the rankings, taking into account on course and off-course earnings.
The world’s wealthiest golfer is also the world’s richest athlete, according to a July report by Wealth-X. The U.S. claims three spots among the top five richest active PGA golfers, based on prize money, endorsement deals, corporate outings and licensing fees.iger Woods, Rory Mcilroy are one of the top paid players in the world now days due to their sponsors and prize winning. There are many big companies who supporting the events of golf . Ryder Cup, US Open, and PGA tours are one of the most leading events of money for the golfers.
Top 10 Richest Golfers in 2016
1. Tiger Woods :-
- Earning :- USA $61.2 Million
Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods (born December 30, 1975) is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time. Currently the World No. 1, he has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years.Woods turned professional in 1996, and by April 1997 he had already won his first major, the 1997 Masters in a record-breaking performance, winning the tournament by 12 strokes. He first reached the number one position in the world rankings in June 1997.
Through the 2000s, Woods was the dominant force in golf, spending 264 weeks from August 1999 to September 2004 and 281 weeks from June 2005 to October 2010 as world number one. From December 2009 to early April 2010, Woods took leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage after he admitted infidelity. His multiple infidelities were revealed by several different women, through many worldwide media sources. This was followed by a loss of golf form, and his ranking gradually fell to a low of No. 58 in November 2011. He ended a career-long winless streak of 107 weeks when he captured the Chevron World Challenge in December 2011. After winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 25, 2013, he ascended to the No.1 Ranking once again.
- Born: December 30, 1975 (age 38), Cypress, California, United States
- Full name: Eldrick Tont Woods
- Spouse: Elin Nordegren (m. 2004–2010)
- Children: Charlie Axel Woods, Sam Alexis Woods
- Siblings: Earl Woods, Jr., Royce Renee Woods, Kevin Dale Woods
- Parents: Earl Woods, Kultida Woods
2. Phil Mickelson :-
- Earning :- USA $46.7 Million
Philip Alfred Mickelson (born June 16, 1970) is an American professional golfer. He has won 42 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championship three Masters titles (2004, 2006, 2010), a PGA Championship (2005), and an Open Championship (2013). Mickelson is one of 15 golfers in the history of the sport to win at least three of the four professional majors.
The only major that has eluded him is the U.S. Open. Mickelson has finished runner-up in the U.S. Open a record six times. Mickelson has spent over 700 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking has reached a career-high world ranking of 2nd several times and has a lifetime exemption on the PGA Tour. Mickelson is nicknamed “Lefty” for his left-handed swing even though he is otherwise right-handed. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in May 2012.
- Born: June 16, 1970 (age 43), San Diego, California, United States
- Height: 1.91 m
- Spouse: Amy Mickelson (m. 1996)
- Children: Sophia Isabel Mickelson, Evan Samuel Mickelson, Amanda Brynn Mickelson
- Siblings: Tim Mickelson, Tina Mickelson
- Education: Arizona State University (1992), University of San Diego High School
3. Ernie Els :-
- Earning :- $22 Million
Theodore Ernest “Ernie” Els (born 17 October 1969) is a South African professional golfer. A former World No. 1 he is known as “The Big Easy” due to his imposing physical stature (he stands 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) along with his fluid golf swing. Among his 66 career victories are four major championships the U.S. Open in 1994 at Oakmont and in 1997 at Congressional, and The Open Championship in 2002 at Muirfield and in 2012 at Royal Lytham & St Annes. He is one of six golfers to twice win both the U.S. Open and The Open Championship. Other highlights in Els’ career include topping the 2003 and 2004 European Tour Order of Merit (money list) and winning the World Match Play Championship a record seven times.
He was the leading career money winner on the European Tour until overtaken by Lee Westwood in 2011, and was the first member of the tour to earn over 25 million Euros from European Tour events. He has held the number one spot in the Official World Golf Ranking and until 2013 held the record for weeks ranked in the top ten with 788. Els rose to 15th in the world rankings after winning the 2012 Open Championship. He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2010, on his first time on the ballot, and was inducted in May 2011.
- Born: October 17, 1969 (age 44), Johannesburg, South Africa
- Height: 1.91 m
- Nationality: South African
- Spouse: Liezl Els (m. 1998)
- Children: Samantha Leigh Els, Ben Neels Els
- Books: Ernie Els’ Guide to Golf Fitness: How Staying in Shape Will Take Strokes Off Your Game and Add Yards to Your Drives
4. Luke Donald :-
- Earning :- $20 Million
Luke Campbell Donald MBE (born 7 December 1977) is an English professional golfer who has been the World Number One. He plays mainly on the U.S. based PGA Tour but is also a member of the European Tour. Donald had an outstanding year in 2011, winning several tournaments and awards. He won the PGA Tour money list and European Race to Dubai to complete a historic double, becoming the first player to win both money lists on the PGA and European Tours in the same year.
He was named the PGA Player of the Year and the European Tour Golfer of the Year. He also became the first Englishman to win the PGA Tour Player of the Year award, the PGA Tour’s Vardon Trophy and the Mark H. McCormack Award for the most weeks at number one during a calendar year. He was later awarded honorary life membership of the European Tour for his achievements in 2011.
- Born: December 7, 1977 (age 36), Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
- Height: 1.75 m
- Nationality: English
- Spouse: Diane Antonopoulos (m. 2007)
- Parents: Colin Donald
- Education: Northwestern University
5. Rory McIlroy :-
- Earning :- USA $17.2 Million
Rory McIlroy, MBE (born 4 May 1989) is a Northern Irish professional golfer from Holywood in County Down who is a member of both the European and PGA Tours.He is a former World Number One and a two-time major champion. He won the 2011 U.S. Open, setting a record score of 16-under-par on his way to an eight-stroke victory. The following year he won the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island by a record eight strokes for his second major championship victory. He has been cited as the most exciting young prospect in golf and as having the potential to become one of the highest earners in sports in terms of endorsements. McIlroy has represented Europe, Great Britain & Ireland, and Ireland as both an amateur and a professional.
He had a successful amateur career, topping the World Amateur Golf Ranking for one week as a 17-year-old in 2007. Later that year he turned professional and soon established himself on the European Tour. He had his first win on the European Tour in 2009, and on the PGA Tour in 2010. He represented Europe in the 2010 and 2012 Ryder Cup. In 2011 at the age of 22, he became the youngest player ever to reach €10 million in career earnings on the European Tour. In 2012 he became the youngest player to reach $10 million in career earnings on the PGA Tour.
- Born: May 4, 1989 (age 24), Holywood, United Kingdom
- Height: 1.75 m
- Nationality: Northern Irish
- Weight: 73 kg
- Education: Sullivan Upper School
- Parents: Gerry McIlroy, Rosie McDonald
6. Sergio Garcia :-
- Earning :- $16.2 Million
Sergio Garcia Fernandez (born 9 January 1980) is a professional golfer from Spain who plays on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. He has won over 20 international tournaments, including The Players Championship in 2008. García has spent much of his career in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking (over 300 weeks between 2000 and 2009). He reached a career high ranking of 2nd after winning the HSBC Champions tournament in November 2008, and has achieved career earnings of over $28 million.
- Born: January 9, 1980 (age 34), Borriol
- Nationality: Spanish
- Height: 1.78 m
- Weight: 73 kg
- Parents: Victor Garcia
- Movies: Stuck on You, La Primera Noche
7. Bill Haas :-
- Earning :- USA $16.1 Million
William Harlan Haas (born May 24, 1982) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and won the 2011 FedEx Cup. He is the son of former PGA Tour player Jay Haas. Haas was a member of the Nationwide Tour (now Web.com Tour in 2005 after failing to earn his PGA Tour card in qualifying school. His best finish in a Nationwide Tour event was a solo second at the 2005 Scholarship America Showdown. At the end of the season Haas birdied the last two holes at the 2005 qualifying tournament to earn his card on the PGA Tour for the 2006 season. In his debut year on tour, Haas finished 99th on the money list, making 19 out of 30 cuts. His best result was at the Wachovia Championship where he finished in a tie for fourth. He kept his tour card for the 2007 season, but he missed eight cuts in his first 13 events.
He started to turn his form around during the fall series and recorded his best finish of the year at the Viking Classic with a tie for third place. He ended the year 104th on the money list.In 2008, Haas had a remarkably similar year to 2007, finishing 104th on the money list for the second year in a row. He qualified for the first two FedEx Cup playoffs events before being eliminated at the halfway stage, finishing 73rd in the standings. Haas also played well at the Viking Classic for the second year running with a T-4 finish. Haas enjoyed much greater success in 2009 with four top-10 finishes including a tied for third at the Valero Texas Open. This set him up for a good run into the playoffs and for first time in his career, Haas qualified for the third playoff event, the BMW Championship before falling short of the top 30 mark and ending the season 41st in the standings. He also finished 61st on the year-end money list, winning just under $1.5 million.
- Born: May 24, 1982 (age 31), Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
- Height: 1.88 m
- Nationality: American
- Spouse: Julie Haas (m. ?–2011)
- Parents: Jay Haas
- Education: Wake Forest University
8. Lee Westwood :-
- Earning :- $12.8 Million
Lee John Westwood OBE (born 24 April 1973) is an English professional golfer. Noted for his consistency, Westwood is one of the few golfers who has won tournaments on every major continent, including victories on the European Tour and the PGA Tour. He was named player of the year for the 1998, 2000 and 2009 seasons. He has won the 2000 European Tour Order of Merit, and the renamed 2009 Race to Dubai. Westwood has frequently been mentioned as one of the best golfers without a major championship victory. He has represented Europe for the last eight Ryder Cups. In October 2010, Westwood became the World number one golfer, ending the reign of Tiger Woods, and becoming the first British golfer since Nick Faldo in 1994 to hold that position. He held the number one position for a total of 22 weeks.
- Born: April 24, 1973 (age 40), Worksop, United Kingdom
- Nationality: English
- Height: 1.83 m
- Weight: 89 kg
- Spouse: Laurae Coltart Westwood (m. 1999)
- Parents: John Westwood
9. Matt Kuchar :-
- Earning :- USA $12.5 Million
Matthew Gregory Kuchar (born June 21, 1978) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and formerly the Nationwide Tour. He has won six times on the PGA Tour, with these wins spanning over 11 years. He briefly enjoyed success in the early 2000s before suffering a slump where he struggled to maintain his playing status on the PGA Tour. He rejuvenated himself and built a new, one-plane swing from 2008 onward leading to improved results. He is renowned as one of the most consistent players on the tour, having earned close to $15 million in prize money and recorded 30 top-10 finishes between 2009-2012.
This included finishing as the PGA Tour’s leading money winner in 2010. Kuchar won the The Players Championship in 2012, the flagship event of the PGA Tour, his biggest tournament victory to date. As a result, he moved to a career high number five in the world rankings and has spent over 40 weeks ranked inside its top-10. In February 2013, Kuchar won his first World Golf Championship event, defeating Hunter Mahan in the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
- Born: June 21, 1978 (age 35), Winter Park, Florida, United States
- Nationality: American
- Height: 1.93 m
- Spouse: Sybi Kuchar (m. 2003)
- Education: Georgia Institute of Technology
- Parents: Meg Kuchar, Peter Kuchar
10. Adam Scott :-
- Earning :- $11.9 Million
Adam Derek Scott (born 16 July 1980) is an Australian professional golfer who plays mainly on the PGA Tour. He has won 23 official money tournaments around the world, on many of golf’s major tours. His biggest win to date was the 2013 Masters Tournament, his first major championship and the first Masters won by an Australian in its 77-year history. Other significant wins include the 2004 Players Championship and the 2011 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
He was the runner-up in the 2012 Open Championship, leading by four strokes with four holes to play before bogeying all of them to lose the title by a stroke to Ernie Els. On 26 August 2013, Scott reached a career high Official World Golf Ranking of second with a win at The Barclays.He has been ranked inside the top 10 for over 270 weeks in his career.
- Born: July 16, 1980 (age 33), Adelaide, Australia
- Height: 1.83 m
- Nationality: Australian
- Weight: 82 kg
- Parents: Phil Scott
- Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, The Southport School