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Golf is a sport that requires a tremendous amount of practice and dedication. There are few people in this world that have that patience, but the golfers on this list are definitely amongst the ones that do. They have fine-tuned their skills to take a spot on the list of 20 richest golfers in the world.
Tiger Woods undoubtedly ranks No.1 amongst the world's richest golfers. Since turning pro in 1996, the golfing legend has earned more than $1.5 billion. With countless golfing achievements under his belt, including 81 PGA Tour wins, 41 European tour wins, and 5 Masters victories, Woods has been the world's highest earning golfer for many years.
Following Tiger Woods, the second-ranked golfer is 49-year-old Phil Mickelson. Phil started his successful golfing career in college and has since earned over $87 million in tournament prize money. His endorsement deals with KPMG, Titleist, Ford, Callaway, and Rolex make up the bulk of his $400 million net worth.
79-year-old Jack Nicklaus is the world's third richest golfer with a net worth of $320 million. Jack turned pro in 1961 and has earned 115 professional victories, including 73 wins of the PGA tour and 10 wins of the Champions Tour. Being one of the greatest professional golfers of all time, Nicklaus was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.
Australian golfer Greg Norman, 64, has a net worth of $300 million. Turning pro in 1976, Greg has accumulated over 90 professional wins, including winning the British Open Championship. In 2001, he was inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame. Outside of golf, Greg is an entrepreneur, owning a golf course design company, a clothing line, and wine business.
With a $250 million net worth, South-African professional golfer Gary Player is ranked NO. 5 on the list of the world's richest golfers. Thanks to his incredible skill and likable personality, Gary became the third most successful golfer in PGA history and has racked up one of the largest fan bases in the sport.
Rory McIlroy is a Northern Irish professional golfer who has a net worth of $130 million. Born in 1989, Rory was introduced to golf when he was only 18 months old and turned pro in 2007. He has gone on to become the third youngest person in history to win the British Open and one of the only four players to win three majors before the age of 25.
Coming in at NO. 7, is American Professional Golfer Fred Couples, who has a net worth of $120 million. Fred was nicknamed "Boom Boom" due to his incredible ability to hit long drives. Joining the PGA tour in 1982, Couples went on to accumulate 51 professional tour wins. He has also had a significant influence on the design of some of the country's top golf courses.
American professional golfer Jordan Spieth is now one of the world's richest golfers with a net worth of $100 million. Jordan's golfing career got off to a great start, with him winning the US Junior Amateur tournament twice, which had only ever been done by Tiger Woods. Spieth is also the third-youngest player ever to win multiple events in the history of PGA Tour.
Ernie Els is a professional golfer from South Africa who has a net worth of $85 million. Turning pro in 1989, Ernie has one of the most impressive records in golfing history. Being a former World NO. 1, he has 65 professional wins under his belt, including multiple U.S. Open and Open Championship titles. Outside of golf, Els has a successful business focused on golf course design and he also owns a winery.
This Fijian professional golfer is one of the world's richest golfers with a $75 million net worth. Before being inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006, Vijay Singh had been ranked NO. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings for 32 weeks. With three majors wins, Vijay took home $67 million in prize money. Sponsorships and endorsement deals went on to contribute millions more.
Sergio Garcia is a professional golfer from Spain who has a $70 million net worth. Turning pro in 1999 at 19, Sergio has accumulated his fortune from both golf prize money and endorsement deals. He has been in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings for much of his career. In 2017, Garcia won his first major championship.
Ian Poulter is an English professional golfer who has a net worth of $60 million. Turning pro in 1996, Ian won his first Open in 1999 and has since then racked up 16 professional wins. In 2000, he was awarded the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year. Outside of golf, Poulter is known for his passion for collecting Ferraris and bold dress sense.
Nick Faldo is also a professional golfer from England who has a net worth of $60 million. Turning pro in 1976, Nick has earned roughly 40 professional wins, including wins of 3 Masters and 3 Open championships. He was the NO. 1 golfer on the Official Golf Rankings for more than 90 weeks. Nick was also the lead golf analyst for CBS Sports.
With a net worth of $50 million, American professional golfer Davis Love is another one of the richest golfers in the world. Turning pro in 1985, the 55-year-old has had a very impressive career with over 21 PGA wins. Davis won the prestigious Players Championship twice and has been ranked in the top 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings for more than 450 weeks.
Adam Scott is an Australian professional golfer who has a net worth of $40 million. Born in 1973, Adam started his professional golfing career in 2000 on the European circuit. Over the years, he has won a number of European titles. Now focusing more on the USPGA tour, Adam took 2nd place at the 2012 Open Championship and won the 2013 Masters Tournament.
This British professional golfer also has a $40 million net worth. Justin Rose began his golfing career young and competed in his first Walker cup at just 17. Until now, the 39-year-old has won 5 PGA Tour events, 6 European Tour events, and the Sunshine Tour among others. Justin had also earned a fortune from brand sponsorships and endorsement deals.
American professional golfer David Toms has a net worth of $35 million. Born in 1967, David qualified for his first PGA Tour in 1991. Since then he has won the Quad Classic twice (in 1996 and 1997), and has taken home 13 PGA tour titles. His exceptional sportsmanship and respect amongst his peers and golf fans alike earned him the Payne Stewart Award in 2011.
Darren Clarke is an Irish professional golfer who has a net worth of $30 million. Playing golf from a young age, Darren turned pro in 1990. He went on to win the Alfred Dunhill Open, his first European Tour Win to establish his presence on the pro circuit. In 1996, Clarke won his second European Tour and won his first PGA tour title in 2000.
Henrik Stenson is a Swedish professional golfer who has a net worth of $25 million. Turning pro in 1998, the 43-year-old has won the European Tour's Race to Dubai, the U.S. PGA Tour's FedEx Cup, and won the 4 PGA tour titles. Henrik has also represented his home country, Sweden in the World Cup.
Zach Johnson is an American professional golfer who has a net worth of $25 million. After beginning playing golf in elementary school, Zach turned pro in 1998 and went on to play on the development circuit for the next few years. Winning the 2007 Masters Tournament, Zach became the first player ever ranked outside the Top 50 to win a Masters tournament in the PGA tour history.