News: The top 50 earners in golf and how they earn it

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Woods knocked off top spot by Spieth

As we are often reminded ‘these guys are good’. They are also rich, stinking rich.

Every year Golf Digest put together a list of the game’s biggest earners and every year the rest of us scratch our heads and feel slightly nauseous at the figures that are talked about.

This year, for the first time in 13 years, Tiger Woods has been knocked off the top spot by Jordan Spieth. Woods is down to number three though his on-course earnings of $551,098 (not bad for such a poor year) were boosted by $48m off it.

Three of the top 10 – Player, Nicklaus and Palmer ­– have a combined age of 241.

And three women, Paula Creamer, Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis, all feature though there was no place for Michelle Wie or the second best player in the world Inbee Park.

Spieth earned more than $23m on the course and approximately $30m off it. He has a 10-year deal with Under Armour which includes equity in the company and his other big sponsorship are AT&T, Titleist and Rolex.

Phil Mickelson sits in second spot despite not winning a tournament in 2015.

 

How the numbers are measured

On-course earnings include all Tours and unofficial money won in non-Tour events

Off-course earnings includes estimates of all money earned from endorsements, bonuses, appearance fees, corporate outings, speaking engagements, licensing fees (video games, trading cards, etc.), course architecture, books, instructional videos and businesses that capitalize on a person’s status as a player.

Figures were compiled through interviews with agents, players and industry experts.

The list


50) PAULA CREAMER


ON COURSE: $363,485 OFF COURSE: $4,750,000 TOTAL: $5,113,485

 

49) PADRAIG HARRINGTON


ON COURSE: $1,491,667 OFF COURSE: $3,750,000 TOTAL: $5,241,667

 

48) SANGMOON BAE


ON COURSE: $2,794,632 OFF COURSE: $2,500,000 TOTAL: $5,294,632

 

47) LYDIA KO


ON COURSE: $3,800,802 OFF COURSE: $1,500,000 TOTAL: $5,300,802

 

46) DANNY LEE


ON COURSE: $4,515,933 OFF COURSE: $850,000 TOTAL: $5,365,933

 

45) BILL HAAS


ON COURSE: $3,309,024 OFF COURSE: $2,250,000 TOTAL: $5,559,024

 

44) IAN POULTER


ON COURSE: $2,154,348 OFF COURSE: $3,500,000 TOTAL: $5,654,348

 

43) PAUL CASEY


ON COURSE: $3,768,311 OFF COURSE: $2,000,000 TOTAL: $5,768,311

 

42) STACY LEWIS
ON COURSE: $1,893,423 OFF COURSE: $4,000,000 TOTAL: $5,893,423

 

41) HUNTER MAHAN
ON COURSE: $2,167,579 OFF COURSE: $3,750,000 TOTAL: $5,917,579

 

40) KEEGAN BRADLEY


ON COURSE: $2,167,579 OFF COURSE: $3,750,000 TOTAL: $5,917,579

 

39) GRAEME MCDOWELL


ON COURSE: $1,188,463 OFF COURSE: $4,750,000 TOTAL: $5,938,463

 

38) LUKE DONALD


ON COURSE: $1,994,152 OFF COURSE: $4,000,000 TOTAL: $5,994,152

 

37) CHARLEY HOFFMAN


ON COURSE: $4,546,129 OFF COURSE: $1,500,000 TOTAL: $6,046,129

 

36) PATRICK REED


ON COURSE: $4,321,960 OFF COURSE: $1,750,000 TOTAL: $6,071,960

 

35) J.B. HOLMES


ON COURSE: $4,369,930 OFF COURSE: $1,750,000 TOTAL: $6,119,930

 

34) RYO ISHIKAWA
ON COURSE: $1,134,487 OFF COURSE: $5,000,000 TOTAL: $6,134,487

 

33) MIGUEL A. JIMENEZ


ON COURSE: $1,830,883 OFF COURSE: $4,500,000 TOTAL: $6,330,883

 

32) LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN


ON COURSE: $4,110,531 OFF COURSE: $2,250,000 TOTAL: $6,360,531

 

31) MARTIN KAYMER
ON COURSE: $2,430,945 OFF COURSE: $4,000,000 TOTAL: $6,430,945

 

30) LEE WESTWOOD
ON COURSE: $1,421,011 OFF COURSE: $5,750,000 TOTAL: $7,171,011

 

29) FRED COUPLES


ON COURSE: $729,991 OFF COURSE: $6,500,000 TOTAL: $7,229,991

 

28) BRANDT SNEDEKER


ON COURSE: $3,985,556 OFF COURSE: $3,500,000 TOTAL: $7,485,556

 

27) DAVIS LOVE III


ON COURSE: $5,035,850 OFF COURSE: $2,500,000 TOTAL: $7,535,850

 

26) JIMMY WALKER


ON COURSE: $5,035,850 OFF COURSE: $2,500,000 TOTAL: $7,535,850

 

25) NICK FALDO


ON COURSE: $47,275 OFF COURSE: $7,500,000 TOTAL: $7,547,275

 

24) TOM WATSON


ON COURSE: $408,751 OFF COURSE: $7,500,000 TOTAL: $7,908,751

 

23) ERNIE ELS


ON COURSE: $521,154 OFF COURSE: $8,000,000 TOTAL: $8,521,154

 

22) HIDEKI MATSUYAMA


ON COURSE: $4,121,146 OFF COURSE: $5,000,000 TOTAL: $9,121,146

 

21) COLIN MONTGOMERIE
ON COURSE: $2,666,177 OFF COURSE: $6,500,000 TOTAL: $9,166,177

 

20) MATT KUCHAR


PREVIOUS RANK: 14 ON COURSE: $3,810,304 OFF COURSE: $5,500,000 TOTAL: $9,310,304

 

19) BERNHARD LANGER


ON COURSE: $3,562,370 OFF COURSE: $5,750,000 TOTAL: $9,312,370

 

18) ADAM SCOTT


ON COURSE: $1,494,529 OFF COURSE: $8,000,000 TOTAL: $9,494,529

 

17) JIM FURYK


ON COURSE: $4,112,664 OFF COURSE: $5,750,000 TOTAL: $9,862,664

 

16) SERGIO GARCIA


ON COURSE: $2,917,143 OFF COURSE: $7,500,000 TOTAL: $10,417,143

 

15) ZACH JOHNSON


ON COURSE: $5,728,154 OFF COURSE: $5,500,000 TOTAL: $11,228,154

 

14) GREG NORMAN


ON COURSE: — OFF COURSE: $12,000,000 
TOTAL: $12,000,000

 

13) DUSTIN JOHNSON


ON COURSE: $6,209,467 OFF COURSE: $6,000,000 TOTAL: $12,209,467

12) HENRIK STENSON
ON COURSE: $8,513,827 OFF COURSE: $5,000,000 TOTAL: $13,513,827

 

11) BUBBA WATSON


ON COURSE: $8,289,297 OFF COURSE: $6,000,000 TOTAL: $14,289,297

 

10) GARY PLAYER


ON COURSE: — OFF COURSE: $15,000,000 
TOTAL: $15,000,000

 

9) JUSTIN ROSE


ON COURSE: $7,119,762 OFF COURSE: $8,000,000 TOTAL: $15,119,762

 

8) RICKIE FOWLER


ON COURSE: $8,254,416 OFF COURSE: $9,000,000 TOTAL: $17,254,416

 

7) JASON DAY


ON COURSE: $11,938,330 OFF COURSE: $7,500,000 TOTAL: $19,438,330

 

6) JACK NICKLAUS
ON COURSE: $41,500 OFF COURSE: $22,000,000 TOTAL: $22,041,500

 

5) ARNOLD PALMER


ON COURSE: — OFF COURSE: $40,000,000 
TOTAL: $40,000,000

 

4) RORY McILROY


ON COURSE: $9,468,190 OFF COURSE: $37,500,000 TOTAL: $46,968,190

 

3) TIGER WOODS
ON COURSE: $551,098 OFF COURSE: $48,000,000 TOTAL: $48,551,098

 

2) PHIL MICKELSON


ON COURSE: $2,301,730 OFF COURSE: $50,000,000 TOTAL: $52,301,730

 

1) JORDAN SPIETH
ON COURSE: $23,030,465 OFF COURSE: $30,000,000 TOTAL: $53,030,465

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