- Golf is one of the most popular sports in the world
- Top golf players have not only gained international recognition but have also earned a fabulous amount from their careers
- Golfers are the wealthiest athletes in the world
Golf is one of the most popular sports in the world, and the richest golfers have amassed substantial wealth throughout their careers.
Golf is a rich man’s sport and has one of the only two active sports billionaires in its player’s lineup, the other being NBA star LeBron James. Top golf players have not only gained international recognition but have also earned a fabulous amount from their careers. Golfers are the wealthiest athletes in the world and here is a list of top ten richest golfers in 2023.
10. Ernie Els – $85 Million
Ernie Els is a South African professional golf player known to golf fans as “The Big Easy”. He is a former world number one who has recorded many victories, including at the US Open in 1994 and 1997. Els places tenth on our list of the richest golfers, with the 54-year-old having a net worth of $85 million.
9. Dustin Johnson – $100 Million
Next on our list of the richest golfers in the world is Dustin Johnson, who has a net worth of $100 million. Johnson began his career in 2007 and has since won tournaments such as the US Open and the 2020 Masters Tournament. He currently competes on the LIV Golf Tour. The 39-year-old is married to Paulina Gretzky, the daughter of legendary ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky.
8. Jordan Spieth – $110 Million
Jordan Spieth is not only one of the richest golfers but also one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. Spieth, who has earned over $55 million from PGA winnings alone, has a net worth of $110 million. He is a former world number one, a three-time major winner and the 2015 FedEx Cup champion.
7. Fred Couples – $120 Million
Fred Couples is an American professional golfer who competes on the PGA Tour. Couples is currently 64 but still one of the best in the world. He has earned a big fortune from his career and currently has a net worth of $120 million. Couples is friends with popular basketball player Michael Jordan.
6. Rory McIlroy – $170 Million
Rory McIlroy is a popular name in golf as he is a former world number one and one of the best players in the world. The Irish golfer is also one of the only three players to win four majors before reaching the age of 25. With a net worth of $170 million, he is one of the richest golfers in the world.
5. Gary Player – $250 Million
Gary Player is a professional golf player from South Africa who has an estimated net worth of $250 million. In addition to his status as one of the richest golfers, Player has received many honors and awards due to his amazing performances. His total professional wins are 160, securing his position as one of the best golf players the world has ever seen.
4. Phil Mickelson – $300 Million
Phil Mickelson is an American professional golfer who currently plays in the LIV Golf League. The 53-year-old previously competed on the PGA Tour where he won 45 events. He has won huge prize money over the years, including $9 million in Las Vegas in 2018 after beating Tiger Woods. His golf earnings have played a massive role in the making of his net worth which is currently $300 million.
3. Jack Nicklaus – $400 Million
Jack Nicklaus is another retired player on our list of richest golfers in the world. Nicknamed The Golden Bear, Nicklaus is considered to be one of the greatest golf players of all time. He won a total of 117 professional tournaments, with the prize money playing a significant role in the making of his net worth of $400 million. Nicklaus has seen his fortune rise considerably in recent years through licensed video games, books and other business ventures.
2. Greg Norman – $400 Million
Greg Norman is a prominent figure in golf, not only for his stellar career but also for his wealth. Norman, who is 68, is one of the richest golfers in the world with a massive net worth of $400 million. The Australian retired from golf and his status as one of the richest has been secured thanks to his business ventures which include wine production, real estate, golf course design and financial services.
1. Tiger Woods – $1.1 Billion
Tiger Woods is a name that needs no introduction. Woods is so popular such that even those who don’t follow golf know him. The 47-year-old is a living legend as he is regarded by many as the greatest golf player of all time. Since turning professional in 1996, he has achieved numerous accolades, including 15 major championships victories.
Tiger Woods achievements have enabled him to collect substantial amount as prize money over the years. As of now, he is the richest golf player in the world with a net worth of $1.1 billion. In 2022, Forbes acknowledged his billionaire status, making him only the second active athlete ever to achieve such a milestone, joining fellow American LeBron James. Apart from prize money, Woods’ net worth has increased due to endorsements and his business ventures.