Who is the Richest Golfer in the World? Is It Who You Think?

Even though it’s tough to answer this question without analyzing bank statements and tax returns, there is enough evidence and reason out there to analyze who the richest golfers in the world are based on their tournament wins.

This post is going to break down the richest golfers in the world and look at how much money they have made in the sport from most angles with public information.

The order goes from the richest golfer in the world to the 10th richest golfer in the world.

The Richest Golfers in the World

  • Tiger Woods
  • Arnold Palmer
  • Phil Mickelson
  • Jack Nicklaus
  • Greg Norman
  • Gary Player
  • Fred Couples
  • Ernie Els
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Vijay Singh

1. Tiger Woods

With an estimated net worth of around $800 million dollars, Tiger Woods is easily the richest golfer in the world because of many reasons.

The first reason is that Tiger was absolutely dominant in his run on the PGA Tour and won a lot of money. His total earnings from golf tournaments over his career total to around $120 million dollars according to ESPN.

The other reason as to how Tiger got to his reported net worth is through sponsorships throughout the years. Woods has been sponsored by several brands throughout the years but none of them compare to his massive deal with Nike.

Tiger is one of the most influential golfers of all-time and it shows with all of the earnings that he has amassed throughout the years.

2. Arnold Palmer

Palmer is yet another influential golfer in the industry and has also emerged as an incredible entrepreneur throughout the years.

According to Tie Breaker, Arnold Palmer died with a net worth of approximately $700 million.

In Palmer’s time, there certainly was not as much prize money to obtain, and he only ended up winning around $3 million dollars throughout his long and expectational career. The major part of his money actually came from his skills in business.

Palmer built and invested in several successful companies in and out of golf and amassed a large net worth before he passed away.

3. Phil Mickelson

The next golfer that has made a great run for the title of the richest golfer in the world is Phil Mickelson. Phil has reportedly obtained a net worth of around $375 million according to multiple sources across the internet.

With around $80 million in prize money, he has been very successful since he came onto the pro golf scene. Along with his success on the course, he has been successful with his brand deals and business relationship off the course to have reached that high of a net worth.

Phil is not even at the end of his career and he hopefully has many great years of golf left, so this number is likely to keep on growing and growing in the future. It is still very unlikely that he would make a huge run for Tiger Woods throne as the richest golfer in the world, however!

4. Jack Nicklaus

Another golf legend on and off the course is Jack Nicklaus, and his net worth definitely backs this up. He has around a $320 million-dollar net worth and that has come from success on and off the golf course.

As far as prize money goes, he has won around $5.7 million in his career. That number is obviously not even close to his net worth, so it shows how successful he has been outside of golf.

Nicklaus has been an incredible businessman and has had several successful business endeavors where he really killed it financially. He has been involved in the golf business world with his golf courses and resorts and made a lot of money from it.

Nicklaus will go down as one of the most successful golfers ever.

5. Greg Norman

The next golfer on the list is Greg Norman, which is another golfer on the list that won a good deal of money from playing and then maximized their money with a great business career.

Greg Norman has a combined net worth of around $300 million according to Sports Keeda. The golf legend has won about $10 million in prize money in his successful career, and his investments and business ventures have made him really multiply his cash.

Norman was an incredible golfer and businessman in the golf industry.

6. Gary Player

The sixth golfer on the list is Gary Player, with a total net worth of around $250 million. Player was a dominant golfer in the 60 years that he played professionally at the PGA and Senior Tour levels. He was able to take home around $14 million in prize money in his lengthy career.

He was a great golfer in the ’60s and 70’s and actually was able to win several majors in his time when it was very tough because there were many promising golfers at the time.

Apart from golf, Gary Players’ business ventures have catapulted his net worth and he has been able to establish himself as one of the richest golfers in the world.

7. Fred Couples

Coming up next on the list of the wealthiest golfers to ever live is Fred Couples.

Couples has won many times in his pro career and was able to win almost $23 million over his career making him one of the top earners on the list through golf. Other ways that Couples has made his money is through business and sponsor deals. Most notably Couples has been a major sponsor with Bridgestone.

Couples has an estimated net worth of around $120 million. Even though Couples is aging and having trouble with his vision, he is still continuing to participate in the sport.

8. Ernie Els

Eighth on the list is the South African, Ernie Els. Els has earned himself a net worth of around $75 million according to Sports Casting. The legendary golfer has actually been ranked the number 1 golfer in the world at one point during his career so you can imagine that we won a good amount of prize money. It was actually around $49 million over his career.

Other ways that he has made money is with brand deals with companies like Srixon and Cleveland Golf at the moment.

9. Rory McIlroy

Almost rounding out the list at ninth is a European golfer that really came onto the scene a short time ago. Rory has had a super successful career with around $52 million in career earnings.

While there are not many accurate net worth estimates out on the web, we can assume that his net worth is around Ernie Els’s and is in the $70 million-dollar range. It could be much higher, or it could be lower it all really depends on how lucrative his sponsor deals are at the moment.

10. Vijay Singh

With a net worth of around $75 million according to Celebrity Net Worth, Singh rounds out the list of the richest golfers in the world based on total estimated net worth.

Singh has not only been successful in other areas of life, but he won a good deal of money throughout his career on the golf course. He actually took home around $71 million throughout his career on the course.

Vijay is a legendary golfer from the early 2000s and will always have a lasting effect on the game like a lot of the names on the list.

There you have it for the list of who the richest golfer in the world is and who is behind Tiger in the top 10 richest golfers in the world.

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