March 11th, 2014
Raking in at number one, the world number one Tiger Woods broke the $1.3 billion career earnings mark by topping the illustrious Golf Digest 50 with a whopping $83 million take home. With the help of his highly lucrative, multi season endorsement deals the 14 time Major champion earned in excess of double the earnings acquired by any of his closest rivals. No Bookies were betting on that.
Hall of famer, Phil Mickelson came in second, on the high rollers log. This highly regarded career grand slam icon roped in an all inclusive sum total of $52,009,156, with an endorsement share and off course valuation of approximately $45 million.
World renowned golfing icon Arnold Palmer whose career defining business skill facilitated most of the broadcasting wealth shared by many golfers today made third place at $40 million. Accumulated by and large by means of his ever increasing golf course company, not to mention a number of international sponsorship and licensing deals. Another distinguished retiree, Jack Nicklaus made it in at forth. Affectionately know as The Golden Bear this highly decorative, lifetime achiever earned in excess of $26 million.
Hendrik Stenson ranked fifth at $21,444,670 largely due to his epic cross-atlantic double in 2013. The big Swed became the first man to win both the US PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup and the European Tour Race to Dubai in the same season. Northern Ireland sensation Rory Mcllroy followed with $20,608,789.
Despite a largely forgettable on field season – that saw only one title (Australian Open) for the once unstoppable competitor, the Ulster-born golfer hauled an estimate of $18 million in endorsement deals.
South African golfing prodigy Gary Player came in seventh at $16 million and some, with the golfing world’s Australian marvel Adam Scott who won his first major championship at the masters, in at eight.
Another golfing legend who made a remarkable comeback a year before took the ninth spot, the highly acclaimed Australian novis Gerg Norman. Completing the Top 10 list was the four time major champion major the golfing world humbly refers to as ‘The Big Easy’. Ernie Els scored the title of South Africa’s highest earning sportsman in a year that saw him make up to $14 million in endorsment income and commercial efforts such as golf course design.
The highest ranking Asian constituent – Japanese success Ryo Ishikawa was at twenty sixth with a total earning of $7,9,8,3,146, while Paula Creamer only LPGA golfer listed at 48th as the highest paid female golfer of the year at $4.5 million.
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