They have all made hundreds of millions of pounds from the sport of golf, whether that be in prize money or endorsement deals aided by the platform the game gives them.
Deemples.com have compiled a list of the top 10 richest golf stars of all time, with their 2022 net worth the figure to go off.
10. Ernie Els – 2022 net worth: $85 million
Ernie Els kicks off our list with a net worth most would be envious of. He won 19 PGA Tour titles along with 28 European Tour wins.
The Hall of Famer has used his money to set up a golf course design business as well as founding a charity to help support golf among underprivileged children in his home country, South Africa.
9. Jordan Spieth – 2022 net worth: $115 million
The three-time major winner has made plenty of money through his endorsement deals as well as the prize money he earned.
Deals with Wheaties, Coca Cola and luxury watch company Rolex have helped see Jordan Spieth rack up the millions.
8. Fred Couples – 2022 net worth: $125 million
The former world number one makes the list after accumulating an impressive net worth of $125 million.
He was certainly a top golfer, competing on both the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Championships, Couples racked up a remarkable 64 titles.
7. Rory McIlroy – 2022 net worth: $220 million
One of the best golfers of his generation, Rory McIlroy has 13 PGA Tour wins and 13 on the European tour to add to his collection of four major crowns.
The Northern Irishman’s sponsorships and endorsements are huge. He has a deal with Nike that earns him $10 million – $20 million per year and he replaced Tiger Woods as the cover star for EA Sports’ PGA Tour video game.
6. Gary Player – 2022 net worth: $255 million
Gary Player won nine major championships on the regular tour and nine major championship tours during his career.
He too has a golf course design company along with his real estate business. He has set up a foundation in his name which promotes education in underprivileged areas around the world.
5. Jack Nicklaus – 2022 net worth: $320 million
‘The Golden Bear’ has 18 major titles to his name and 73 PGA Tour wins. He has been named PGA player of the year on five occasions and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974.
On top of his success with a club in hand, he is also the founder and host of the Memorial Tournament.
4. Phil Mickelson – 2022 net worth: $400 million
Phil Mickelson is a golfing hall of famer and former world number two. He just misses out on a podium place in this list, coming in at fourth.
He’ll have to fall back on his $400 million to console him after not getting a medal, or he could just buy one!
3. Greg Norman – 2022 net worth: $500 million
Greg Norman was a prolific golfer, winning 91 international tournaments in his career, including 20 PGA Tours and two majors.
Since then, he has become a successful businessman with his golf course design company, clothing line and he also entered the wine market. He did all this under the umbrella of his company, Great White Shark Enterprises.
2. Arnold Palmer – 2022 net worth: $700 million
Although sadly no longer with us, Arnold Palmer’s net worth has been estimated with Arnold Palmer Enterprises that looks after everything to do with the great man, such as licensing, endorsements and commercial partnerships to name a few.
He was truly one of the greats and the type of athlete all golfers should aspire to be. He won several PGA Tours on top of his four triumphs at the Masters.
1. Tiger Woods – 2022 net worth: $800 million
No prizes for guessing Tiger Woods was going to come in at top spot on this list. The controversial character has won 80 PGA Tours and 14 majors.
Adding all that prize money to his endorsements leads us to a scary number! He makes up 20% of his wealth from these deals and his sponsorships.