It’s no secret that professional athletes and sports players can be quite well-off when they make it big. This is evident, especially in golf, which is said to be the fourth richest sport in the world. For one, winning just one tournament will get you a hefty check that you can comfortably retire with. In recent years, players’ earnings have skyrocketed thanks to the celebrity status of golfers like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the sport’s top-earning players of all time.
Hailing from South Africa, Ernie Els has won a whopping 19 times on the PGA Tour, and an additional 28 times on the European Tour. Across all tournaments that he’s taken part in combined, he has won an impressive 65 times. This figure includes four Majors, such as The Open Championship and the US Open. He is also the director of a golf course design firm and designed Dubai’s breathtaking Els Golf Club. His net worth is believed to be in the region of US$85 million.
By just 26 years old, American Jordan Spieth had a net worth of US$100 million. By that age, he had also previously been ranked first in the world and had won three major tournaments. His first major win was at the 2015 Masters Tournament, where he walked away with an impressive US$1.8 million. At this tournament, he tied the 72-hole record that had been set by Tiger Woods in 1997.
This golfer from Northern Ireland is estimated to be worth US$130 million. He officially became a professional golfer in 2007, and since then, has won 13 times on the PGA Tour, and 13 times on the European Tour too. In 2017, he signed a US$100 million deal with TaylorMade, stating that he has to use their clubs, golf bag, and balls exclusively for 10 years. He also signed an additional deal with Nike, which some report to be worth a total of $200 million.
Also known as the “King of Golf”, Arnold Palmer is believed to now be worth a total of US$700 million. However, it seems that he only made a fraction of his fortune on the golf course. He built IMG, which is one of the largest sports talent agencies, as well as his own drinks brand and design company. He has also featured in campaigns by the likes of Cadillac, Rolex, MasterCard, and Sears.
The wealthiest golfer of all time is also the most famous. Tiger Woods is estimated to be worth an impressive US$800 million, a sum that NZ blackjack online players dream of winning just a portion of. Throughout his career, Woods has taken huge strides in building an unforgettable legacy. He has also created his own brand, which encapsulates golf course design, a foundation geared at education, and charity work, as well as a restaurant and sports bar in his hometown. So far, his fortune has bought him a US$55 million home, and a 155-foot yacht.