Top 10 Highest Paid Golfers
Golf is a sport which boasts some of the richest athletes in the world. A new league in Saudi Arabia called LIV Golf has completely changed the game by throwing out the largest contracts in golf history to many golfers around the world. The PGA is still competing, but those who play in it must rely on endorsements and prize winnings to make money. Below are the top 10 highest paid golfers by yearly income.
Who are the Highest-Paid Golfers in the World?
1. Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson is signed with LIV Golf and makes around $138 million a year. His on-course money is around $102 million and $36 million off the course. He has reached over $1 billion in career earnings. He has endorsement deals with Heineken, Amgen, Callaway, Ford, Rolex, and Intrepid Financial Partners. He is known for participating in the most Ryder Cups, with 12 appearances. He has also won 12 singles matches and is the all-time leader in matches played.
2. Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson is signed with LIV Golf and makes around $97 million a year. His on-course money is around $68 million and $29 million off-course. He is the first golfer to sign a major contract with LIV Golf. He has endorsement deals with Adidas, BodyArmor, Hublot, RBC, NetJets, Perfect Practice, and TaylorMade. He won the 2016 US Open and the 2020 Masters and has established himself as one of the best golfers in the world.
3. Bryson DeChambeau
Bryson DeChambeau is signed with LIV Golf and makes around $86 million a year. His on-course money is around $66 million and his off-course money is around $20 million. He is the first athlete to ever sign with DraftKings. He also has endorsement deals with Puma, Cobra Golf, and Bentley. Most of his main accomplishments came in college when he became the first-ever SMU Mustang to win the NCAA championship. He also won the US Amateur in the same season.
4. Brooks Koepka
Brooks Koepka is signed with LIV Golf and makes around $69 million a year. His on-course money is $53 million and his off-course is $16 million. He has endorsement deals with Nike, Rolex, BMW, NetJets, Infor, and Michelob Ultra. He has won the US Open twice in back-to-back years and two PGA Championships. He prefers to keep most of his money-related things private, and it is possible that he makes even more than listed above.
5. Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods is a mostly retired golfer who made his career in the PGA and makes just over $68 million per year at this point in his career. Mostly all of his money comes from off the course where he makes $68 million but still has made $43,500 on course in his occasional competition. Tiger is a billionaire and one the richest athletes in the entire world. He is the first golfer on this list not signed with LIV Golf. His main endorsement is with Nike, but he also has deals with Rolex, TaylorMade, Bridgestone, Hero Motocorp, and Monster Energy. Many view Tiger as the greatest golfer of all time.
6. Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy is signed with the PGA tour and makes around $43 million a year. His on-course is around $9 million and his off-course is around $43 million. He has a ten-year contract with Nike and a few other endorsement deals, including Omega, TaylorMade, UnitedHealth Group, and Upper Deck. He also has a deal with NBC Sports, where he is able to post golf tutorials through GolfPass. Along with all of these, he was named the cover athlete and name of the video games Rory McIlroy PGA Tour, which was made By EA Sports and released in 2015.
7. Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia is signed with LIV Golf and makes around $42 million per year. His on-course is around $35 million and his off-course is around $7 million. He is most notably known for winning the Masters in 2017 and was one of the first golfers to join LIV Golf. He has endorsement deals with Adidas, Callaway, and TaylorMade. He has been a professional golfer since 1999 and has been very successful on and off the course. He created the Sergio Garcia Foundation, which has raised millions of dollars to help students reach their academic goals.
8. Jordan Speith
Jordan Speith is signed with the PGA Tour and makes around $39 million per year. His on-course is around $8 million and his off-course is around $31 million. Speith is the only other golfer on this list who is not signed with LIV Golf. A majority of his money comes from his endorsements which include, Under Armour, Rolex, AT&T, Titleist, and NetJets. He signed his Under Armour deal when he was just 19 years old and has been the face of Under Armour Golf since.
9. Patrick Reed
Patrick Reed is signed with LIV Golf and makes around $37 million a year. His on-course is around $34 million and his off-course is around $3 million. Reed gained most of his popularity through the Ryder Cup, where he picked up the nickname: Captain America. He has made most of his money through his on-course success and LIV Golf contract but he does have a couple endorsements which include, PXG, EPM, and N2Funding.
10. Charl Schwartzel
Charl Schwartzel is signed with LIV Golf and makes around $34 million per year. His on-course is around $30 million and his off-course is around $4 million. He is most known for winning the Masters in 2011, where he won $1.4 million. He also won the LIV Golf Inaugural tournament, which has set him up to be one of the pioneers of the company. His only known endorsement is with PXG, but he is private about his money, and it is believed that he has other undisclosed deals.
- Justin Thomas
- Branden Grace
- Peter Uihlein
- Talor Gooch
- Pat Perez
- Cameron Smith
- Gary Woodland
- Xander Schauffele
- Patrick Cantlay
- Webb Simpson
- Paul Casey
- John Raum
- Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra
- Carlos Ortiz
- Henrik Stenson
Who is the highest paid golfer in the world?
The highest paid golfer in the world is Phil Mickelson. He is signed with LIV Golf and makes around $138 million per year. He makes $102 million on the course through LIV Golf and $36 million off the course through various endorsements.