10 Highest Paid Golfers in the World

    Guys like Adam Scott, Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy might be the future of the sport, but when it comes to money made from sponsors, no once comes close to Tiger Woods. Not in Golf, and not in any other sport.

    Woods is also finding his swing back, despite not winning the 2013 Masters. He has won five tournaments over the last 12 months, and it seems that his return to the top of the podium in a major tournament is just a matter of time.

    Adam Scott – $11.9 Million

    Adam Scott

    Adam Scott winning his first major championship and becoming the first Australian to win at the Masters doesn’t come into account of his earnings this past year, which include nearly $1 million from the British Open back in July, losing a four-shot lead with four holes to play in the final round.

    Matt Kuchar – $12.5 Million

    Matt Kuchar

    Kuchar has won two tournaments over the past 12 months – the Players Championship (May 2012) and the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship two months ago. The win at the Players’ gave him the biggest single-event check possible in Golf, $1.7 million.

    Lee Westwood – $12.8 Million

    Lee Westwood

    Westwood has won 39 times worldwide and ranks second all-time on the European Tour career money list with earnings of $34 million. Over the last 12 months he’s won two tournaments – one on the European tour (Nordea Masters) and one on the Asian Tour, winning the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters.

    Bill Haas – $16.1 Million

    Bill Haas

    Bill Haas has never done well in a Major tournament and has no tournament wins over the last 12 months. Most of his “glory” comes from 2011, winning the season-ending 2011 Tour Championship, which clinched the FedEx Cup title and the $10 million bonus that comes with it.

    Sergio Garcia – $16.2 Million

    Sergio Garcia

    Garcia won the Wyndham Championship and the Iskandar Johor Open in 2012, but most of his earnings come from his deal with TaylorMade-Adidas Golf, covering quipment, shoes and apparel and is one of the richest in the sport.

    Rory McIlroy – $16.4 Million

    Rory McIlroy

    McIlroy might be the next big thing in Golf, winning the 2012 PGA Championship and three other titles over the last 12 months, but he still has some way to go before even getting close to Tiger Woods and others when it comes to endorsements. His current sponsors include Titleist, FootJoy, Jumeirah Hotels and Oakley.

    Luke Donald – $20 Million

    Luke Donald

    Donald became the first golfer to lead the money list on the PGA and European Tours in the same year in 2011, netting $13.2 million. He is currently ranked No. 1 in the world and has been for a cumulative 55 weeks, which is fifth most alltime since the ranking started in 1986. He has three tournament wins over the last 12 months, but none on the PGA tour.

    Ernie Els – $22.3 Million

    Ernie Els

    Els did win the British Open in 2012, his first Major title since 2004, but he makes most of his money from his golf course designing company, so far completing 11 courses, and his wine-making business. He’s a four-time Major winner.

    Phil Mickelson – $46.7 Million

    Phil Mickelson

    Mickelson won’t win any awards for being Mr. Sensitive, but his golfing skills have earned him enough money to not care about that too much. He has won four Majors so far, the last of which being the 2010 Masters. He has won only one tournament so far over the last 12 months, the 2013 Phoenix Open.

    Tiger Woods – $61.2 Million

    Tiger Woods

    Woods isn’t in his heyday when it comes to sponsorship, losing AT&T, PepsiCo and Gillette over the years, but his huge deals with Nike and EA Sports, not to mentions commanding the highest appearance fees in golf make him not too sorry about those that have gone to forget about him.

    Source: Forbes