• Forbes rich list: Woods is golf’s top earner

    Tiger Woods
    Winning again and earning big

    Tiger Woods’ return to winning ways has boosted his overall earnings by more than $20-million as he climbs five places in the latest Forbes rich list.

    The 15-time Major champion, backed by the likes of Nike, Rolex, Bridgestone and TaylorMade, moved up to 11th place in the latest list after boasting earnings of $63.9m, with a staggering $54m coming from endorsements.

    Why staggering? He earned $43.3-million in total in the preceding year.

    Long-time rival-turned-friend Phil Mickelson is second among the golfers with $48.4m. His numbers were padded by the fact that he walked away with $9m after defeating Woods in the much-hyped ‘The Match’.

    Rory McIlroy is golf’s third-highest earner, albeit down in 32nd place. He earned $39m in the period with a $8m/$31m split between earnings and endorsements.

    FedExCup winner Justin Rose is in 47th place, but is golf’s No 1 when it comes to earnings last year. The season-ending bonanza ensured that he added $18.4m to his bank account, with another $14m coming from signing a bunch of new sponsors.

    The last golfer inside the top 100 is Jordan Spieth, who has been struggling to re-enter the winner’s circle. He is another to prove golf’s rich purses are merely one aspect of the game after bringing in ‘just’ $2.1m from the course to total $31.1m for the year…

    Forbes top earners:

    Rank Name Pay Salary/Winnings Endorsements Sport
    #1 Lionel Messi $127m $92m $35m Soccer
    #2 Cristiano Ronaldo $109m $65m $44m Soccer
    #3 Neymar $105m $75m $30m Soccer
    #4 Canelo Alvarez $94m $92m $2m Boxing
    #5 Roger Federer $93.4m $7.4m $86m Tennis
    #11 Tiger Woods $63.9m $9.9m $54m
    #19 Phil Mickelson $48.4m $12.4m
    #32 Rory McIlroy $39m $8m $31m
    #47 Justin Rose $32.4m $18.4m $14m
    #52 Jordan Spieth $31.1m $2.1m


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