Tiger Woods is by far the wealthiest of all current or past PGA Tour players with over $800 in net worth at last count, but he isn’t the only golfer to have accumulated a nice nest egg as a result of their success on the course and in many cases off of it as well.
The 51-year-old has won 45 times on the PGA Tour and amassed almost $95 million in career earnings, which pales in comparison to his estimated net worth of $400 million.
Mickelson is a six-time major tournament winner, most recently in the 2021 PGA Championship at the age of 50.
He is one of the most popular players in the game of golf and has been able to add significantly to his tournament winnings with lucrative and long-term endorsement deals, most notably KPMG, Callaway, Heineken and Rolex.
He and his wife operate the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation, which assisted charities in the Palm Springs area with $1 million of donations in 2021.
The Golden Bear, since the passing of Arnold Palmer, has assumed the mantle of the leader of global golf, whose opinions on all aspects of the game are sought after and respected.
Along with Palmer, the 18-time major champion pioneered endorsements for players as well as getting involved in golf course design, golf club manufacture, and any number of other business interests.
Nicklaus won $9.1 million inside the ropes but has turned that into $320 million of net worth, most notably through his golf course design and building business.
He is credited with designing more than 300 courses globally, most notably Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, where the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament is held annually in late May or early June.
Greg Norman considered Jack Nicklaus a role model, both on and off the course, building a significant business enterprise following a golf career where the Australian won 20 PGA Tour events, two Open Championships, and over 70 other tournaments worldwide.
His career earnings were $15.7 million, and he has an estimated net worth of $300 million.
Norman was known as “The Shark” during his playing career and used the nickname to found a clothing line known primarily for its shark logo that was used on his famed straw hats.
The former number one player in the world, who occupied that lofty perch for 331 weeks in the late 1980s and early 1990s, also is involved in golf course design and winemaking.
Other Active Players in the Top Ten
Gary Player, a contemporary of Nicklaus, is next at $250 in net worth. At the same time, the first active player behind the 86 year old South African who has yet to be eligible for the PGA Tour Champions is Rory McIlroy, who has turned $59.2 million in career tournament earnings into about $130 million in wealth.
A couple of spots behind McIlroy is the youngest player on this list, with 28-year-old Jordan Spieth already hitting the $100 million mark in net worth by winning 12 tour events, three major championships, and $48 million in career earnings.