Golf is a game that rewards the world’s best incredibly well financially. Golf may look simple, but it requires precision and is one of the most difficult sports to excel at. Superstars like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have set the bar so high that it is incredibly challenging to become elite level at this game. But let’s see who has made it there and count down the ten richest golfers of all time.
- ERNIE ELS
Net Worth: $85 Million
The Big Easy, or Theodore Ernest Els if we are to call him by his proper name, has had an awe-inspiring career with a long list of tournament victories. Els has won 28 times on the European Tour and 19 times on the PGA Tour, including four majors. Els is one of only six golfers who has won the Open Championship and the U.S. Open twice. He was inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.
When Ernie isn’t on the course, he runs a charitable foundation that supports golf amongst underprivileged kids in his native South Africa. He is also involved in running a course design business.
- RORY MCILROY
Net Worth: $110 Million
Winner of four majors, Rory McIlroy, plays on both the European and the PGA Tour. The Northern Irishman has 13 wins on each tour.
McIlroy has lucrative deals as the face of the EA Sports PGA Tour video game and as a vital part of the Nike stable since 2013.
- JORDAN SPIETH
Net Worth: $130 Million
Jordan Spieth started as a baseball player, but his interest firmly switched to golf at twelve years old. Spieth has three majors to his name already and is still in his mid-twenties. He has endorsement deals with Rolex, Coca Cola and Wheaties. He was named in the Forbes list of top #25 highest-paid athletes in 2018.
- FRED COUPLES
Net Worth: $150 Million
Former world number one Fred Couples played for the PGA Tour and the PGA Tour Championship. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013 after winning 64 professional tournaments.
- GARY PLAYER
Net Worth: $250 Million
Gary Player is considered one of the greatest golfers ever to swing a club. Player won 9 majors on the regular tour and nine major Championship Tours, and he now owns a real estate company and a course design company. His foundation promotes underprivileged education the world over.
- JACK NICKLAUS
Net Worth: $320 Million
Jack Nicklaus is, without a doubt, one of the greatest golfers of all time. Affectionately known as The Golden Bear, Nicklaus won 18 major championships and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. Nicklaus was named Player of the Year five times by the PGA during his distinguished career.
- PHIL MICKELSON
Net Worth: $400 Million
Mickelson, or Leftie as he has come to be known, has made himself one of the richest men in golf since turning pro in 1992. Mickelson has won 45 PGA Tour events, including six major championships.
- GREG NORMAN
Net Worth: $500 Million
Greg Norman won two majors championships in his career, The Open Championship in 1986 and 1993. He also won 89 other tournaments, including 20 on the PGA Tour. Off the course, the Australian has his own clothing line and golf course design company.
- ARNOLD PALMER
Net Worth: $700 Million
One of the greatest golfers of all time, Arnold Palmer, comes second on the list of the ten wealthiest golfers of all time with a fortune of $700 million. Palmer is well known for his humility and kindness. His company, Arnold Palmer Enterprises, deals with endorsements, commercial partnerships and licensing.
- TIGER WOODS
Net Worth: $900 Million
The most famous golfer of all time tops the list with an incredible net worth of just under a billion dollars. Tiger has won 80 times on the PGA Tour, including 14 majors, and is amongst the most popular athletes on the planet on social media.
Woods has sponsorship deals and endorsements that dwarf those of the majority of other golfers and athletes.