Many consider golf as a luxury sport which is played only by rich people but golf is one of the best outdoor sport in the world. It needs good hand-eye coordination to play well. People can learn to play golf very easily but it’s very difficult to master it fully. Professional golfers earn high salaries and are the highest earning sportspersons in the world. Take a look at the list of the richest golfers in the world in 2018.
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10. Vijay Singh
Vijay Singh is an Indo-Fijian professional golfer known by his nickname ‘The Big Fijian’. He is the 10th richest golfer in the world with an estimated wealth of about $75 million dollars. He turned professional in 1982. His 1st victory in golf came at the Malaysian PGA Championship that he won in 1984. He was named as the PGA Tour rookie of the year in 1993. He held the world no.1 ranking in golf between 2004-2005. His three major victories are The Masters (2000), PGA Championship (1998,2004). He was inducted into The World Golf Hall of Fame in 2005.
9. Ernie Els
Theodore Ernest Els is referred as ‘The Big Easy’ in the golf circuit. He was the world no.1 in 2013 staying 188 weeks at the top. He played tennis at his young age but switched to golf. He won his 1st major tournament at the Sunshine Tour in 1991. He topped the European Tour Order of Merit successively in 2003 and 2004. His major victories include the US Open (1994,1997), The Open Championship (2002,2012). He also runs a golf-course designing business and a wine-making business. He has total assets of about $85 million dollars.
8. Rory Mcilroy
Rory Mcilroy is a young professional golfer who has impressed everyone with his golf talents. He is the youngest person on this list. He is from Northern Ireland. His father, Gerry Mcilroy was a golfer himself and coached Rory from his young age. He turned professional in 2007. He held the no.1 position for 95 weeks. His major wins in golf include The US Open (2011), the PGA Championship (2012,2014) and the Open Championship (2014). He has won a total of 9 PGA titles and 9 European titles until now. He is 8th on this list with an estimated wealth of $110 million dollars.
7. Fred Couples
Fredrick Steven Couples is a former world no.1 American professional golfer. He became a professional in 1980. His greatest tour wins are the Masters Tournament (1992), The Players Championship (1984,19996). He is a partner in Couples Bates Golf Design Firm. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013. He has also participated in the senior championships, winning the Senior Players Championship in 2011 and the Senior British Open Championship in 2012. His current total wealth is around $250 million.
6. Gary Player
Gary Player nicknamed as ‘The Black Knight’ is a South African professional golfer. He is the only non-American golfer to win the career grand slam titles in golf. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. He has a total of 73 Sunshine Tour titles and 24 PGA Tour titles under his belt. He is the 6th richest golf player with an estimated worth of about $250 million.
5. Greg Norman
Gregory John Norman is an Australian golfer and the 5th richest in this field with total earnings of about $300 million. He held the world no.1 ranking for about 331 weeks in the 1980’s and the 1990’s. He was known as The (Great White) Shark in the golf field. He won the Open Championship twice during 1986 and 1993. He has 20 PGA tour wins till now. He was added to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. His major victories include the US Open, French Open, Europe Open, Australian Open etc.
4. Jack Nicklaus
Jack is regarded as the greatest professional golfer of all time due to his playing skills. He was nicknamed as ‘The Golden Bear’. He has won a total of 18 major championships and 73 PGA Tour championships till now. He started playing as a professional in 1962 and continued to play till 2005. He currently runs the International Management Group. He has won the career grand slam tournaments thrice. He is 4th in this list with a net value of about $320 million.
3. Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson, born in 1970 is a famous American golfer. He was known as ‘The Lefty’ during his playing days. He has the record of staying inside the top 10 continuously for a period of 700 weeks. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012. He has a total of 42PGA Tour wins and 9 European tour wins. He has a total wealth of about $400 million and is the 3rd richest golfer in the world.
2. Arnold Palmer
Arnold Palmer is one of the greatest golfers of all times. He was known as ‘The King’. He has a total of 62 PGA Tour titles under his name. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. His major victories include the Masters (1958,1960,1962,1964), the US Open (1960), the Open Championship (1961,1962). He has a PGA tournament named as the PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational tournament under his name. He died in 2016 due to some heart problems. He is the 2nd richest golfer with a wealth of about $700 million.
1. Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods is one of the best modern golfers in the world. He is one of the highest paid sportspersons in the world and occupies the top spot among the richest golfers with an estimated wealth of about $750 million. He held the world no.1 ranking continuously for 264 weeks between 1999 t0 2004 and again for 281 weeks between 2005 to 2011. He has won the career grand slam tournaments thrice till now and has held all the trophies with him at a single stretch. He has 79 PGA Tour titles including 14 majors.
Golf is one of the sports where people can earn good money. Winning one of the major tournaments is a big dream for many golfers. These players have won many tournaments and have earned through endorsements and other deals. Many young people are taking up golf after seeing the glory of these professionals.