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For non-golfer, golf seems to be simple and luxurious sports. but in fact, it takes great skill and practice to be a great golf player. These days’ players are earning millions of dollars through endorsement. Here we have listed top 20 richest golfers in the world in 2018.

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20. Tiger woods

Tiger Woods is the most prominent figure in the history of golf. He is the younger golfer in the history to achieve Grand slam.

Tiger Woods is the definitely the world’s richest and most successful golfer ever. The recorded eleven time PGA player of the year, woods has estimated net worth of $740 million. He is the younger golfer in the history to attain Grand slam.

At the age of 2, he began his golf career. However, his professional career began in 1996 and since then, he became world’s most prominent figure in the history of golf. Following his successful career, the magician has numerous highest-paying endorsements in his pocket.

Sponsorship has played a huge role to upsurge his million dollar net worth. At present, he has a sponsorship agreement with Rolex, TaylorMade clubs, and Upper Deck Sportscards. From 1996 – 2007, he made $769,440,709, according to Golf Digest.

The 42-years-old golfer owns private yatch costing $25 million, private jet costing $31,700,000, Escalade costing $75,000, Enclave costing $45,800, Carrera GT costing $441,000, and LS460 costing $72,500.

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19. Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson has won five major tournaments. He was the second-highest paid athletes in the United States in 2011.

Phil Mickelson ascended to no.2 in the list following the death Arnold Palmer in 2016. He is notably known as one of the most successful golfers with 42 PGA Tour titles and 9 European titles in his name.

The five-time major tournament winner, Mickelson has estimated net worth of $400 million. In 2011, he was the second-highest paid athletes in the United States. His earning includes salary, bonus, endorsements, and appearance.

The 47-years-old American professional golfer has tied the endorsement with some of the major companies that include ExxonMobil, KPMG, Rolex Workday, Inc. and Callaway Golf. Prior to that, Mickelson was sponsored by Ford, Barclays, Bearing point and Titleist, during the peak of his career. The lefty made most of his fortune from sponsorship and endorsement.

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18. Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus owns the world’s largest golf course design company. He has private Jet ‘Air Bear’, Mercedes Benz C Class and BMW X6.

Jack Nicklaus, an American golfer has ten champion titles and 73 PGA Tour title to his name.  He has successfully retained the third position in the list of a most successful golfer in 2018. The 2015 congressman gold medalist has estimated net worth of $320 million.  

He is recognized as the greatest golfer of all the time with 18 major championships. He owns the world’s largest golf course design company. Till date, his company has held more than 300 professional golf tournaments.

In addition to that, he is a founder as well as a host of the Memorial Tournament and PGA Tour. When he was at the peak of his career, his charging style made him the most prominent sports figure.

The 78-years-old North Palm Beach house costs $14,900,000 and also has two other houses in California Ohio. He also owns private Jet ‘Air Bear’, Mercedes Benz C Class and BMW X6.

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17. Greg Norman

Greg Norman is the founder of Great White Shark Enterprises. He is the most successful golfer with 91 international trophies.

Greg Norman is an Australian golfer and is a 4th richest golfer in the world. During the 1980s and 1990s, the two-time open winner spent 331 weeks as the world’s No.1 Official World Golf Rankings. He is widely known as the successful golfer with 91 international trophies including 20 PGA tournaments.

The Great White Shark has estimated net worth of $300 million. He has accumulated most of his net worth being an entrepreneur. In 1993, he founded a company called Greg Norman Company, originally known as Great White Shark Enterprises.

There are 12 business properties owned by Great White Shark Enterprise including Greg Norman Golf Course Design, Greg Norman Collection, Greg Norman Estates, Greg Norman Real Estates, Great White shark Opportunities Fund, Shark Wake Park, Shark Experience, Greg Norman Eyewear, Greg Norman Australian Prime, Greg Norman’s Australian Grille, Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy, and Non-GWSE properties and partnerships.

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16. Gary player

Gary Player has achieved nine major trophies. He is the only non-American to win career Grand slam.

Gary Player is the most traveler golf player on our list. This South-African professional golfer has achieved nine major trophies. At the age of 29, he became the only non-American to win career Grand slam.

The Black knight has estimated net worth of $250 million. The 80-years-old player has amassed his million dollar net worth through more than 150 tournaments victories, golf course design, and real estate.

Being the most prominent sports figure in the 80s, he and his company have executed about 300 projects on five continents in 35 different nations. His golf course company offers different designs that include Gary Player Design, Player Design, and Black Knight Design.  

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15. Fred couples

Fred Couples is the 6th place in the list of richest golfer. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013.

Fred Couples is a former world no.1 golfer and is eventually in 6th place in the list of richest golfer. This American professional golfer has won 64 professional tournaments. After winning Senior British Open championship in 2012, Couples was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, the following year.

The Boom Boom has estimated net worth of $250 million. His successful professional career and designing golf courses has played a significant role in accumulating million dollars net worth. He along his designing partner Gene D. Bates used to design golf courses.

At present, he serves as the brand ambassador of the anti-inflammatory neutraceutical containing anatabine. You can notice the logo of the brand on his left arm of his golf shirts. In 2015, he bought 3,800 square-feet home in Newport Beach costing $3.4 million.

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14. Rory Mcllroy

Rory Mcllroy signed $100 million contracts with TaylorMade in 2017. He is the former no.1 golfer ranked by Official World Golf Ranking.

Rory Mcllroy has become successful in a very short period of time. Since turning as professional golfer a decade ago, he has gone to be the most prominent figure in golfer family. The Northern Ireland golfer, Mcllroy spent 93 weeks as the world’s no.1 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

The 28-years-old has estimated net worth of $110 million. His successful career and endorsement have accrued millions of dollars. In 2013, he signed 10-years endorsement deal with Nike and has earned around more than $34 million from golf.

He is indicated as the most exciting youngster and has the potential to become the highest earner. Recently in 2017, he extended his 10-years contract with Nike for $200 million. He then signed $100 million contracts with TaylorMade after Nike existed from golf equipment business. He is only allowed to TaylorMade’s clubs, ball, and bag.

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13. Ernie Els

Ernie Els has earned huge net worth from golf course designing and wine-business. He owns continental car costing $90000.

Ernie Els is former world no.1 golfer widely known as ‘The Big Easy’ for his physical appearance. He is recognized as the finest golfer of the modern era. At the age of 40, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

The South African professional golfer has estimated net worth of $85 million. His net worth upsurge from his successful professional career, golf course designing and wine-business, Ernie Els Wines.

The 19 times PGA tour winner owns house costing $5 million and Bently manufactured, Continental costing $90000.

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12. Vijay Singh

Vijay Singh has won three major championships. He signed a multi-year endorsement contract with Hopkins golf.

Vijay Singh is an Indo-Fijian professional golfer widely known as The Big Fijian. He is one of the most successful golfers with three major championships. A 2008’s FedEx cup winner was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

The former world no. 1 has estimated net worth of $75 million. He has accrued most of his net worth from his successful professional career.  In 2014, he signed a multi-year endorsement contract with Hopkins golf, a golf equipment manufacturer company.

Following his endorsement contract, he uses the company logo on his hat and Carry Company’s bag. Prior to that, he signed an endorsement contract with Stanford Financial Group.

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11. Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia owns $22 million, Hawker 4000 business jet. He has won 31 international trophies.

Sergio Garcia has successfully made to the list of the richest golf player. The Spanish professional golfer has won 31 international trophies including 2017 Masters Tournaments. He has enjoyed most of his career in top 10 ranking list, as he is renowned for accuracy and solid iron play.

The HSBC champion has estimated net worth of $70 million. He has made $43 million dollars from his successful career. He also has an endorsement deal with TaylorMade-Adidas Golf with all his equipment.

Following the contract end with TaylorMade, the 38-years-old professional golfer signed a multi-year endorsement deal with Callaway in 2018. He is fond of sports cars and report claims that he owns a Mercedes DTM race car and BMW M3.

Besides that, he owns $22 million, Hawker 4000 business jet and also has houses in Orlando, Spain, and Switzerland.

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10. Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk has won only one major championship in his career. He is most underrated endorsement player.

Jim Furyk is a US-born golfer who plays on the PGA tour. He is one of the most successful and 11th richest golfers in the world.  The Mr. 58 has won one major championship in his career.

The FedEx Cup winner has estimated net worth of $60 million. Endorsement and professional career has played a major role in up surging his net worth.  In 2017, he signed a multi-year endorsement deal with Ace Hardware. He is recognized as one of the most underrated endorsement players on the planet.

Some of the reputed companies like Web.com, 5-Hour Energy, Constellation, and Game Golf are sponsoring him. Annually, he makes $ 4 million on the course and $5.5 million off the course.

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9. Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth has won three major tournaments. He is the most inspirational golfer.

Jordan Spieth is an incredible professional golfer and former world no.1. This US-born golfer has won three major championships and FedEx cup champion in 2015. At the age 24, he has made a huge impact in golf sector.

The 2015 Masters Tournament winner has estimated net worth of $60 million. His endorsement and successful career have major impact in accumulating million dollars.

Since the initial time of his career, he remains incredible in the market with numerous high-profile brands including Under Armour, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Titleist, Rolex, Perfect sense, Net Jets, Super Stroke, Lagardere sports, Social Media/Activation Team, Physio/Chiropractor, and Golf Digest.

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8. Nick Faldo

Nick Faldo is currently serving as golfer analyst. He has accumulated his net worth through endorsement.

Nick Faldo is an English golfer as well as on-air golfer analyst. He is a former no.1 and top player of the era. He has won six major championships including three Open Championship and three Masters.

The former CBS sports lead golf analyst has estimated net worth of $60 million. His media, professional golf career, and endorsement have played a vital role in accumulating his net worth.

At present, five reputed brands including Mizuno SportStyle, Laguna, Bella Collina, CBS sports and Golf channel are sponsoring Nick Faldo. He owns ‘The Dower House’ at Old Windsor and also has Carrera 4S.

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7. Davis love

Davis Love inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2017. He owns $5.15 million house in St. Simons Island.

Davis Love is one of the most successful golf players in the history. This American golfer spent 450 weeks on the list of top 10 golfers. In 2017, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

The player championship winner, love has estimated net worth of $50 million. He earns 1.5 million on-course and $7 million off-course.

At present, he is endorsed by world’s largest tire and rubber company, Bridgestone and Assurance, tax and consulting firm, RSM. He owns a house in St. Simons Island that costs about $5.15 million.

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6. Adam Scott

Adam Smith has won only one major tournament. He is the most effective brand endorser among golfers.

Adam Smith is a former world no.1 golfer during 2014. The Australian Scott has won only one major championship. He is the most influential and effective brand endorser among golf players.

The 37-years-old has estimated net worth of $40 million. He makes 3.8 million on-course and $5 million off-course.  His professional winning and endorsement deals are the major source of his income.

At present, he has signed endorsement contract three high –profile brands including Mercedes, Titleist, and Rolex.  

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5. Annika Sorenstam

Annika Sorenstam is the most successful female golfer with 90 international trophies. She owns $7 million house near Orlando Florida.

Annika Sorenstam is the only female golfer who makes to the list of 20 richest golfers. The former Swedish golfer has won 10 major championship trophies. She is widely recognized as the most successful female golfer with 90 international trophies.

The LPGA Tour Money Winner has estimated net worth of $40 million. She has made through endorsement and winning a prize. She has capped the LPGA career list with $22 million earnings.

Following her successful career, she started her career as an entrepreneur. She started a brand ANNIKA brand that includes Golf course design and The ANNIKA Academy. Another venture is a clothing line. She owns a house near Orlando Florida costing $7 million.

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4. Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell is the 2010 U.S Open winner. His endorsement plays a vital role in accumulating his net worth.

Graeme McDowell is a professional golfer for PGA Tour and European Tour. The Northern Ireland born golfer has won only one major trophy in his career. He is widely known as the winner of 2010 U.S Open at Pebble Beach.

The 38-years-old McDowell has estimated net worth of $40 million. His endorsement and winning prizes have played the major role in accruing his net worth.

Some of the reputed brands that include Srixon, RBC, Mastercard, Teneo, Game Golf, Orrico, and Harp have been endorsing McDowell.

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3. Lee Trevino

Lee Trevino is the greater golf player ever. In 2014, he sold his house for $13 million.

Lee Trevino is regarded as the greater golf player ever in the history. In 1981, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. The American professional golfer has won six major tournaments and 29 PGA Tour events.

The U.S Open winner has estimated net worth of $40 million. He made most of his fortune during the time of his Senior PGA Tour. Mexican American takes him as their idol and often referred him as ‘The Merry Max’. He sold his Dallas house for $13 million in 2014.

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2. Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood has won tournaments in five different continents. His winning consistency plays a vital role in up surging his fortune.

Lee Westwood is among the few golf players who have won tournaments in five different continents. He is widely renowned for his consistency. The 44-year-old golfer has considered being the best golfer without any major trophies.

The Professional English golfer has estimated $40 million. He makes $5.8 million on the course and $7.5 million off the course. Even though he hasn’t won any major trophies but his winning consistency plays a vital role in up surging his fortune.

Some of the high-profile companies such as UPS, Ping, and Audemars Piguet are sponsoring Lee Westwood.

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1. Luke Donald

Luke Donald hasn’t won any major trophies. In 2011, he became the world no.1.

Luke Donald is the first English man to win the PGA Tour Player of the Year award. The 40-years-old basically plays on PGA Tour (based in the U.S) and is also European Tour member. He became the world no.1 after winning BMW PGA Championship in 2011.

The English professional golfer estimated net worth is around $40 million. Similar to West Wood, he hasn’t won any major trophies but constant winning has played the crucial role.

He makes $6.8 million on the course and $7.5 million off the course. Reputed Companies like Polo Ralph, Lauren, Titleist, and RBC are sponsoring Luke Donald.

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