50 richest golfers

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April 30, 2020
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50 richest golfers

The game of golf has been described as nothing more than a “good walk spoiled,” but that couldn’t be further from the truth for Stacker’s list of the 50 richest golfers, who have a combined net worth north of $4 billion.

To uncover the 50 richest golfers, Stacker consulted Celebrity Net Worth and ranked the world's richest golfers by their 2019 net worth. Some of the greatest names in the history of golf occupy the ranks, including a Golden Bear and a Shark, both of whom are staring up at a Tiger.

While male players secured 48 of the 50 spots, the lone woman is considered the greatest women’s player of all time and was the first to compete against men in a PGA Tour event. The other spot belongs to a course designer responsible for some of golf’s greatest tracts—and one of its most horrifying holes.

Tiger Woods’ being the richest golfer on the list won’t come as a surprise to most, as he hit his first televised golf shot at the age of three and has earned nearly $1 billion from golf and endorsements since. His image took a serious hit from a much-publicized divorce in 2010, but he is still among sports’ highest-paid athletes.

Tiger’s success sent golf’s prize and endorsement money soaring in the 2000s, but a few legendary players managed to make the cut, as names like Trevino, Watson, and Langer continued adding to their fortunes on the Champions Tour. Business acumen also helped some of the old-time players as well, turning their legendary playing status into world-class course design and consulting firms. In fact, the second-richest golfer on the list made less than $15 million on the PGA Tour, but his apparel company has generated more than $500 million in total sales.

Continue reading to see Stacker’s list of the 50 richest golfers. Along with each golfer’s net worth, we include information about some of their more prominent victories and historic achievements.

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#50 (tie). Michael Allen

- Net worth: $20 million

Longevity has been the secret to Michael Allen’s golfing success, as the California native captured his first victory on the European Tour in 1989. He would not reach the top of a leaderboard again for two decades, holding off Larry Mize by two strokes to win his Champions Tour debut, the 2009 Senior PGA Championship. He has won seven more times on the Champions Tour, including the 2014 Allianz Championship, where he carded an opening-round 60, just the ninth player ever to go that low on the tour.

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#50 (tie). Louis Oosthuizen

- Net worth: $20 million

Louis Oosthuizen burst onto the golfing scene in 2010 following a successful amateur career on the Sunshine Tour in his native South Africa. He dominated the field at the 2010 Open Championship at St. Andrews, winning by seven strokes over Lee Westwood to take home 850,000 euros and his only PGA Tour victory. Bubba Watson bested him in a playoff at the Masters two years later, despite Oosthuizen making a rare double eagle, and Zach Johnson topped him in a playoff at the 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews.

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#50 (tie). Francesco Molinari

- Net worth: $20 million

Francesco Molinari had quite a stretch in 2018, including a six-week run with three first-place finishes and a pair of seconds, highlighted by his only major championship, the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie. Later that summer, he became the first European player to go 5-0 at a Ryder Cup. He held a two-shot lead heading into the final round at The Masters in 2019, but a pair of shots into the water left Molinari in a tie for fifth behind champion Tiger Woods.

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#50 (tie). Dustin Johnson

- Net worth: $20 million

Dustin Johnson has 20 PGA Tour wins in his career and ranks fifth on the career money list with more than $62 million earned. His career has been marked by controversy—on and off the course—with his lone major victory at the 2016 U.S. Open marked by a rules violation. Away from the course, Johnson’s hiatus in 2015 was rumored to be a suspension as the result of two positive drug tests for cocaine.

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#50 (tie). David Duval

- Net worth: $20 million

David Duval was one of the best golfers in the world from 1997–2000, finishing in the top five on the money list each year, including the top spot in 1998. While 12 of his 13 PGA Tour victories fell during that stretch, his signature win came at the 2001 Open Championship, where he shot a final-round 67 for his lone major. The Open would be his final win, as injuries and personal problems plagued Duval the rest of his career before he moved to the broadcast booth in 2015.

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#50 (tie). Brandt Snedeker

- Net worth: $20 million

Snedeker was the PGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year in 2007, picking up his first victory that year at the Wyndham Championship. Snedeker won the Tour Championship in 2012, capturing the $10 million prize for finishing atop the FedEx Cup standings in the process. The Nashville native’s most recent victory came in 2018, again at the Wyndham Championships, where he became the ninth golfer to go below 60, shooting an opening-round 59.

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#44. Paul Casey

- Net worth: $21 million

Englishman Paul Casey has experienced much of his success on the European Tour, with a record-setting performance at the 2006 HSBC World Match Play Championship among his 14 wins. Casey claimed the first of his three PGA Tour wins in 2009 at the Houston Open but went winless for nearly a decade before scoring back-to-back Valspar Championships. His $30-plus million in career earnings are good for 35th on the all-time money list.

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#43. Martin Kaymer

- Net worth: $22 million

Martin Kaymer was on top of the golfing world in 2011, reaching #1 in the world following a two-year stretch that included seven European Tour wins and his first major, the 2010 PGA Championship. The German golfer won The Players Championship in 2014 and, one month later, destroyed the field by eight shots to win the U.S. Open.

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#42 (tie). Zach Johnson

- Net worth: $25 million

Since turning pro in 1998, Zach Johnson has captured 12 PGA Tour wins, good enough for 13th on golf’s all-time money list. Johnson’s consistency kept him in the top 100 in the World Golf Rankings from 2004–19, a 15-year run that included The Open Championship in 2015. His signature victory came in 2007, when he held off a group that included Tiger Woods to win The Masters, making three birdies down the stretch for his first major title.

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#42 (tie). Tom Watson

- Net worth: $25 million

Tom Watson was one of golf’s premier players in the 1970s and ‘80s, winning eight major championships, good enough for sixth all-time. He has added six Champions Tour majors and was the fan favorite at the 2009 Open Championship, when at age 59 he finished inches from his ninth PGA Tour major victory. In total, Watson has more than 50 wins, 300 top-10 finishes, and is sixth all-time on the Champions Tour money list.

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#42 (tie). Mike Weir

- Net worth: $25 million

Mike Weir reached the top of the golfing world in 2003 when he held off Len Mattiace to become the first lefty to win The Masters. His eight career PGA Tour wins and 69 top-10 finishes rank him among the top 50 earners of all time. Though he hasn’t won on any tour since 2007, Weir remains the only Canadian to ever win a major and was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.

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#42 (tie). Matt Kuchar

- Net worth: $25 million

Matt Kuchar has won nine times on the PGA Tour over the course of his 20-plus-year career, including victories at The Barclays in 2010 and The Players Championship in 2012. Kuchar’s closest call at a major was a second-place finish to Jordan Spieth at the 2017 Open Championship, and his $50 million in career earnings are ninth all-time, the most without a major victory. Kuchar, who has more than 100 top-10 finishes, scored a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, shooting a final-round 63.

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#42 (tie). Justin Leonard

- Net worth: $25 million

Justin Leonard has earned more than $33 million since turning pro in 1994, with 12 victories and 99 top-10 finishes. In 1997, he captured his lone major, becoming the first player in 66 years to come from five strokes behind in the final round to win The Open Championship at Royal Troon. He has won the Valero Texas Open three times, joining Arnold Palmer as the only three-time winners of the event.

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#42 (tie). Jesper Parnevik

- Net worth: $25 million

Swedish-born Jesper Parnevik, known for his eccentric attire, was also one of the PGA Tour’s top players at the turn of the century. Five career PGA Tour wins helped Parnevik reach #7 in the world from 2000–01, with his last one coming at the 2001 Honda Classic. He and his family have been the subject of a reality show in Sweden since 2015, and Parnevik won on the Champions Tour in 2016.

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#42 (tie). Hideki Matsuyama

- Net worth: $25 million

Hideki Matsuyama reached #2 in the world rankings after finishing second behind Brooks Koepka at the 2017 U.S. Open. One of the most popular sports figures in his native Japan, Matsuyama has recorded eight wins on the Japan Tour to go with five on the PGA Tour, including back-to-back Phoenix Open titles. He has seven top-10 finishes in majors, helping him earn more than $28 million in his career.

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#42 (tie). Henrik Stenson

- Net worth: $25 million

Henrik Stenson’s biggest payday came in 2013, when he won two FedEx Cup playoff events, securing the bonus $10 million prize for finishing atop the standings. He won his lone major title at the 2016 Open Championship at Royal Troon, helping maintain a 338-week stretch inside the top 10 of the World Golf Rankings. He also won the silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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#42 (tie). Geoff Ogilvy

- Net worth: $25 million

Ogilvy was the prime beneficiary of Phil Mickelson’s collapse at the 2006 U.S. Open, which earned the Aussie his lone major win. His eight career wins and 57 top-10 finishes have helped him earn more than $30 million in prize money. Ogilvy stepped away from the game in 2019—starting a golf course architecture firm—but served as captain’s assistant to Ernie Els at the President’s Cup in December.

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#42 (tie). Bernhard Langer

- Net worth: $25 million

Bernhard Langer is among golf’s all-time greats, winning 42 times on the European Tour from 1980–2002, second-most ever behind Seve Ballesteros. Langer came from four strokes behind on the final nine holes to become the first German to win the Masters in 1985. He won the Masters again in 1991 and has 41 wins since joining the Champions Tour in 2007, most recently winning the Cologuard Classic in March 2020.

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#32 (tie). Kenny Perry

- Net worth: $30 million

Kentucky native Kenny Perry notched 14 PGA Tour victories and 104 top-10 finishes on his way to earning more than $32 million. Perry found his game in 2013–14 on the Champions Tour, finishing second at the 2013 Senior PGA Championship before winning three straight majors. He was also a member of the 2008 Ryder Cup, which defeated Europe in his home state of Kentucky.

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#32 (tie). Justin Thomas

- Net worth: $30 million

Justin Thomas only joined the PGA Tour in 2013 but has already racked up more than $34 million in earnings thanks to 12 career victories. Thomas’ 2017 season was a banner one, as he won five events—including The PGA Championship—and brought home the $10 million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup. Before COVID-19 postponed the 2020 season, Thomas won the Sentry Tournament of Champions in a playoff over Patrick Reed and Xander Schauffele.

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#32 (tie). Ian Woosnam

- Net worth: $30 million

Welshman Ian Woosnam captured 28 events on the European Tour in the 1980s and ‘90s, winning Player of the Year honors twice. His lone PGA Tour victory came in 1991 at The Masters, sinking a birdie putt on the 72nd hole for a one-shot win over Jose Maria Olazabal. He held the world #1 ranking for nearly a year from 1990–91 and was a member of eight consecutive Ryder Cup teams from 1983–97. The 5-foot-4 “Woosie” was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2017.

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#32 (tie). Hunter Mahan

- Net worth: $30 million

Hunter Mahan had a successful collegiate career at Oklahoma State before joining the PGA Tour in 2003, recording six wins from 2007–14. Most notably, he took home the $1.4 million prize at the 2012 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and scored another $1.4 million at The Barclays in 2014. Despite $30 million in career earnings, Mahan has struggled to stay on the tour since 2016, recording only one top-10 finish.

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#32 (tie). Darren Clarke

- Net worth: $30 million

Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke has carved out 14 wins on the European Tour and three on the PGA Tour, including an unexpected three-shot victory at The Open Championship in 2011. Clarke earned $1 million by beating a young Tiger Woods in the finals of the 2000 WGC-Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship. Clarke joined the Champions Tour in 2018 but has yet to win in 32 events played.

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#32 (tie). Bubba Watson

- Net worth: $30 million

Bubba Watson was a presence on the PGA Tour before he ever started winning, earning the title of the Tour’s longest hitter from 2006–08. The left-handed Floridian hit one of the greatest shots in Augusta National history on his way to winning the 2012 Masters. He won the green jacket again two years later and has 12 PGA Tour wins with nearly $45 million in career earnings, although his public comments and treatment of his caddies and fans have rubbed some the wrong way.

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#26. David Toms

- Net worth: $35 million

Consistency was the story of David Toms’ PGA career, with 13 wins and 111 top-10 finishes to his credit. His signature moment came at the 2001 PGA Championship, when a third-round hole-in-one propelled him to a one-shot victory over Phil Mickelson for his only career major. Toms won the 2018 U.S. Senior Open for his lone victory on the Champions Tour and first since 2011.

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#25 (tie). Padraig Harrington

- Net worth: $40 million

Padraig Harrington won just six times on the PGA Tour, but three of them were majors, including back-to-back Open Championships in 2007–08. He followed his second Open title by winning the PGA Championship three weeks later, the first European to do so in 78 years. Harrington was picked to serve as the captain of the European team for the 2020 Ryder Cup, slated for September.

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#25 (tie). Luke Donald

- Net worth: $40 million

Luke Donald has five career victories and 79 top-10 finishes since joining the PGA Tour in 2001, most notably at the 2011 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. That victory over Martin Kaymer was part of a banner 2011 for Donald, which saw him become the first player to lead the season money lists on both the PGA and European Tours, earning nearly $14 million between the two. Donald started his own brand of wines in 2007 and has been paid up to $1 million to wear Mizuno’s logo on his visor.

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#25 (tie). Lee Westwood

- Net worth: $40 million

Englishman Lee Westwood has been a model of consistency, with at least one win in each of the last four decades on the European and PGA Tours. His lone win of 2010 on any tour—The St. Jude Classic—helped propel Westwood to the world’s No. 1 ranking a few months later, ending the 288-week reign of Tiger Woods. Considered among the best golfers without a major, Westwood has finished in the top 10 of a major 19 times, including runner-up finishes at The Masters in 2010 and 2016.

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#25 (tie). Lee Trevino

- Net worth: $40 million

One of the game’s all-time-great players and personalities, Lee Trevino recorded 29 PGA Tour wins and 166 top-10 finishes from 1962–2000. Elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1981, Trevino was one of only four golfers to win The U.S. Open, PGA Championship, and Open Championship twice. He would tack on another 29 Champions Tour titles—four majors—and made a cameo appearance in Adam Sandler’s “Happy Gilmore” before retiring in 2011.

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#25 (tie). Justin Rose

- Net worth: $40 million

Justin Rose burst onto the golfing scene as a 17-year-old amateur, placing fourth at the 1998 Open Championship with a dramatic chip-in on the final hole. He turned pro the next day, going on to win 21 times between the European and PGA Tours, including a two-shot win over Phil Mickelson and Jason Day at the 2013 U.S. Open. In 2016, the Englishman became the first golfer in more than 110 years to win an Olympic gold medal, and in 2018 became the first player to win the FedEx Cup—and the $10 million bonus—without winning a single playoff event.

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#25 (tie). Jason Day

- Net worth: $40 million

Jason Day put together one of the most lucrative seasons in golf history in 2015, winning five times on tour, including his lone major, the PGA Championship. Following his victory at the 2015 BMW Championship, Day earned the world’s #1 ranking and finished the year with more than $9 million earned. Day has finished in the top 10 in more than 25% of the events he’s played in, and his $46 million in career earnings ranks 12th all-time.

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#25 (tie). Graeme McDowell

- Net worth: $40 million

Graeme McDowell had a successful career on the European Tour going when he won his first PGA event, the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. McDowell capped 2010 by stunning Tiger Woods in a playoff at the 2010 Chevron World Challenge to win the $1.2 million purse. He won the Saudi International in February over Dustin Johnson for his first win since 2014, pocketing $500,000 for his efforts.

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#25 (tie). Annika Sorenstam

- Net worth: $40 million

Regarded as the greatest women’s golfer of all time, Annika Sorenstam won 72 tournaments and 10 majors on the LPGA Tour between 1995–2008. Her Hall of Fame career included becoming the first woman since 1945 to play in a PGA Tour event at the 2003 Bank of America Colonial. Her $22-plus million in LPGA earnings is tops all-time, while endorsement deals brought in nearly $5 million in 2004 alone. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2020 for her service to golf.

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#17 (tie). Pete Dye

- Net worth: $50 million

Pete Dye only played in a handful of professional golf tournaments, but his career as an architect has had a profound effect on the game. Dye, who died in January, is responsible for more than 100 courses, including the famed Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, home to one of golf’s most horrifying holes, the island green at the par-three 17th. Whistling Straits, Kiawah’s Ocean Course, and Crooked Stick are just a few of the World Golf Hall of Fame designer’s works.

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#17 (tie). Davis Love

- Net worth: $50 million

Davis Love III has amassed 21 PGA Tour victories, including five MCI Heritage Classics and the PGA Championship in 1997, during his Hall of Fame career. Love wrote an award-winning book in 1997 and started his own golf course architecture firm that has designed a number of courses, including the Dunes Course at Diamante, one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 courses.

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#17 (tie). Adam Scott

- Net worth: $50 million

One of the top earners of all time at $55 million, Australian Adam Scott has won 14 times on the PGA Tour, including the 2013 Masters title in a playoff over Angel Cabrera. Becoming the first Aussie to win at Augusta helped propel Scott to the world’s #1 ranking in 2014. While 2016 was Scott’s top-grossing year at more than $6 million, he had a four-year winless streak that he snapped in February 2020, winning the Genesis Invitational for the second time.

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#14 (tie). Nick Faldo

- Net worth: $60 million

Nick Faldo dominated the golf world in the late 1980s and early ‘90s, and for his career amassed 30 European Tour wins and six major championships—three Open Championships and three Masters. He was the top-ranked golfer in the world for nearly two full years from 1992–94, the third-longest reign in history, and his six majors are the most by a European player since World War I. He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1997, was knighted in 2009, and currently serves as a golf analyst.

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#14 (tie). Jim Furyk

- Net worth: $60 million

Jim Furyk has 17 PGA Tour victories, including a U.S. Open, and his $71 million in career earnings rank third all-time. Furyk’s win at the 2010 Tour Championship secured him the top spot in the FedEx Cup standings—and the $10 million bonus—on his way to winning PGA Tour Player of the Year honors. He made history at the Travelers Championship in 2016, becoming the first player to shoot 58 in a PGA event.

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#14 (tie). Ian Poulter

- Net worth: $60 million

Ian Poulter has won 12 of his 17 tournaments as a member of the European Tour, where he ranks in the top 10 on the all-time money list. Poulter defeated fellow Englishman Paul Casey to win the 2010 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, his first PGA Tour victory. Known for his splashy attire, he launched his own clothing line in 2007, which enjoyed success in Europe before shutting down in 2017.

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#11. Sergio Garcia

- Net worth: $70 million

Sergio Garcia notched his first career PGA win in 2001 at the MasterCard Colonial and has 25 wins since on both the PGA and European Tours. Long tagged as the best player to never win a major, Garcia finally broke through at The Masters in 2017, beating Justin Rose on the first playoff hole for his only major victory. He ranks third and 10th on the all-time European and PGA Tour money lists, respectively.

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#10. Vijay Singh

- Net worth: $75 million

Vijay Singh put together one of the best seasons in golf history in 2004, capturing nine of his 34 PGA victories, including his second PGA Championship in a playoff. The Big Fijian finished atop the leaderboard in two FedEx Cup events in 2008, winning the title and $10 million first-place prize. He ranks fourth on the all-time PGA money list at $71 million earned, with 13 European Tour wins and four Champions Tour victories.

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#9. Ernie Els

- Net worth: $85 million

Ernie Els picked up his first PGA Tour victory in a 20-hole playoff in the U.S. Open in 1994—the first of his four majors. Els was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011 and shocked the golfing world a year later by winning the 2012 Open Championship, erasing a four-shot deficit with four holes to play. On top of the nearly $50 million he’s earned on the PGA Tour, the South African is among the highest-paid golfers in endorsements annually, earning $14 million in 2013 alone.

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#8. Jordan Spieth

- Net worth: $100 million

Jordan Spieth had a historic year in 2015, just three years after turning pro, winning The Masters and U.S. Open while finishing second at the PGA Championship. The $10 million he brought home for winning the FedEx Cup pushed him past $50 million earned in just 2015 alone thanks to sponsorships with Under Armour, AT&T, and Titleist. Spieth’s last victory came in 2017 at The Open Championship, beating Matt Kuchar by three strokes after nearly collapsing.

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#7. Fred Couples

- Net worth: $120 million

Fred Couples won 15 PGA Tour events over the course of his Hall of Fame career, during which he reached #1 in the world and had two video games named after him. Couples won The Masters in 1992 for his lone major victory, although he added two more on the Champions Tour. One of the longest hitters on tour, back injuries plagued “Boom Boom” much of his career, though he nearly won the Masters in 2010 at age 50.

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#6. Rory McIlroy

- Net worth: $150 million

It’s taken Rory McIroy just over a decade to reach the top of the European Tour’s all-time money list, and he sits eighth on the PGA Tour version. Four major championship victories, two FedEx Cup victories, two Player of the Year awards, and a much-publicized relationship—and breakup—with tennis player Caroline Wozniacki made McIlroy one of the most marketable athletes in the world in 2013. McIroy has more than 100 total weeks as the world’s #1 golfer—third all-time—reclaiming the spot in February from Brooks Koepka.

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#5. Gary Player

- Net worth: $250 million

Gary Player is among golf’s greatest, with 24 PGA Tour victories and nine major championship wins from 1959–78, good enough for fifth all-time. The Black Knight added six senior major wins to his impressive resume, which includes Hall of Fame honors, the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2020. Player made more money in 2013 than he did in his entire playing career, with his golf course design firm and endorsements from Callaway, Rolex, and SAP raking in $36 million.

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#4. Jack Nicklaus

- Net worth: $320 million

Jack Nicklaus is undoubtedly one of the greatest players ever, with a number of amazing accomplishments in his Hall of Fame career: 18 major championships won; 19 second-place finishes in a major; 56 top-five and 73 top-10 finishes in a major. The Golden Bear added eight Champions Tour major victories and was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014. Nicklaus consulted with famed designer Pete Dye in the mid-1960s and went on to build one of the world’s largest firms, with over 300 designs to his credit.

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#3 (tie). Phil Mickelson

- Net worth: $400 million

Phil Mickelson is one of the world’s highest-paid athletes, bringing home $37 million in endorsement money in 2019 alone. His 44 PGA Tour victories and five major championships have helped him reach #2 on the all-time earnings list at $91 million. A three-time Masters champ, Lefty added $9 million more to his net worth in 2018, defeating Tiger Woods in “The Match,” a pay-per-view, one-on-one showdown.

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#3 (tie). Greg Norman

- Net worth: $400 million

In his playing days, Greg Norman spent 331 weeks as the world’s #1 golfer in the 1980s and ‘90s, with two British Open Championships to his credit. He was the first player to cross $10 million in career earnings and was a landslide selection to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. The Great White Shark built the vast amount of his wealth off the course from his various business ventures, including an apparel line with over $500 million in sales and a design firm with over 100 courses worldwide.

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#1. Tiger Woods

- Net worth: $800 million

Tiger Woods took his first televised golf swing at the age of three and signed one of sports’ most lucrative endorsement deals with Nike. By 2008, he had made more than $750 million in his career, but a much-publicized incident and divorce in 2010 severely damaged his image. He has won a record-tying 82 PGA tournaments, including 15 majors, and his signature Nike shirt surged in popularity once again after he won his fifth Masters in 2019.

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