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15 Highest-Earning Golf Players in the World

Are wondering who the highest-earning golf players in the world are? Everybody knows that together with the entertainment industry, the sports market is one of the most profitable trades you can devote yourself to. Every year Golf Digest ranks the top 50 earners in golf according to their income from tournament winnings on the course, as well as their ventures off the course. And, today we’ve used that data to present the top 15 wealthiest golfers worldwide.

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Let’s take a look at the list and find out who are the highest-earning golf players in the world right now. Just grab your club, swing, and hit the countdown!


15. Steve Stricker

2012 rank: 34

On Course: $6,590,532

Off Course: $3,000,000

Total Earnings: $9,590,532

This American professional golfer will soon turn 48 years old but is still rocking the golf course and getting substantial amounts of money for playing. Last year he played less but ended up amassing a bigger fortune; quite impressive, especially if you take into account the fact that he managed to make more money playing than outside the golf course.


14. Luke Donald

2012 rank: 9

On Course: $2,926,655

Off Course: $7,000,000

Total Earnings: $9,926,655

Luke Donald is a British pro who plays on both sides of the Atlantic: he participates in the PGA Tour and is also a member of the European Tour. A worldwide ambassador of Polo Ralph Lauren, Donald did even better outside the golf course last year.


13. Matt Kuchar

2012 rank: 25

On Course: $7,053,225

Off Course: $3,750,000

Total Earnings: $10,803,225

This American is a professional player and money maker. He’s well known for his consistent game and scored a few endorsement deals thanks to his personality and smile.


12. Justin Rose

2012 rank: 13

On Course: $6,253,672

Off Course: $5,500,000

Total Earnings: $11,753,672

South African and English, Justin Rose plays primarily in the U.S., though he keeps his European Tour membership as well. Some say that his best years are still to come; let’s wait and see what the future brings for this noble player.


11. Sergio Garcia

2012 rank: 12

On Course: $3,411,237

Off Course: $8,500,000

Total Earnings: $11,911,237

Nicknamed ‘El Niño’, Sergio Garcia is well known for his golfing, as well as for his good looks. This Spanish pro plays the PGA and European Tour successfully, but his looks and gregarious personality also make him great for endorsements and other market ventures.


The list of the highest-earning golf players in the world continues on the next page with a player who earned absolutely nothing on the course last year, yet remains a golfing icon around the world.