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Top 10 Richest Golfers In The World

Playing golf, according to political satirist P.J. O’Rourke, “combines two favorite American pastimes:  taking long walks and hitting things with a stick.” Well, obviously such a pastime fitted the likes of Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer to a tee (pun intended); these guys banked millions by taking long walks and hitting things with a stick!

Arnold Palmer Net Worth $675 Million 

Arnold Palmer is the richest professional golfer of all time. Hailed as the King of the Golf Course, the 84-year-old Pennsylvania native garnered a total of 95 wins, including 62 PGA Tours victories. 

Arnold Palmer

Tiger Woods Net Worth $500 Million

Forbes Magazine ranks American professional golfer Tiger Woods as the highest paid athlete in the world today with a net worth of $500 million.  The college dropout and 11th time PGA Player of the Year earns a whopping $78 million a year mostly from appearance fees and endorsement deals with Nike and Rolex.  The 37-year-old is the second richest African American next to Oprah Winfrey. 

Tiger Woods

Greg Norman Net Worth $300 Million 

Australian-born Greg Norman led a very successful golfing career in his heyday. He won 20 PGA tours and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001.  After he retired from playing golf, he devoted time to his company, Great White Shark Enterprises, which produces golf equipment and designs golf courses. 

Greg Norman

Jack Nicklaus Net Worth $280 Million

American Jack Nicklaus is one of the most decorated professional golfers with a total of 115 wins. He clinched the PGA Tour 73 times and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. The 73-year-old has since turned his attention to designing golf courses and penning instructional books. 

Jack Nicklaus

Gary Player Net Worth $200 Million 

Gary Player, along with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, was a member of the phenomenal “Big Three” who wowed golfing fans the world over in the 60s and 70s.  The South African is one of only five professional golfers to ever win four Grand Slam titles. The still fit 78-year-old recently posed naked in the ESPN The Magazine’s 2013 “Body Issue”. 

Gary Player

Phil Mickelson Net Worth $180 Million 

Philip Alfred Mickelson has over 40 career wins and three Masters titles. Called  “Lefty” due to his left-handed swing, the California native earns over $30 million a year doing endorsements for Barclays, Rolex, and Exxon Mobil, to name a few. 

Phil Mickelson

Fred Couples Net Worth $105 Million 

Nicknamed “Boom Boom” because of his long drives, this American professional golfer was previously number one in the world. He was 1991 and 1992 PGA tour Player of the Year and 1992 PGA Player of the Year. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013. 

Fred Couples

Vijay Singh Net Worth $75 Million

A Fijian golfer with Indian roots, Vijay Singh was born into poverty. His family couldn’t afford to buy golf balls, so the young Singh practiced his swing by hitting coconuts instead. The now 50-year-old holds the record as the golfer with the most wins after turning 40. 

Vijay Singh

Ernie Els Net Worth $75 Million 

South African Ernie Els is one of only six golfers to win both the U.S. Open and The Open Championship twice. Nicknamed “The Big Easy” due to his large 6’3” frame, he boasts 65 wins with four major titles. When not playing, he devotes time to his golf course design company. 

Ernie Els

Jim Furyk Net Worth $50 Million 

American golf star Jim Furyk has won only a single major championship event, the 2003 U.S. Open. The 43-year-old received the Vardon Trophy award in 2006, and in 2010, he earned the PGA Tour Player of the Year and PGA Player of the Year distinctions. 

Jim Furyk

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