The Top 20 Richest Golfers In The World

We bring to you the latest list of the top 20 richest golfers in the world 2020.

Golf is one of the oldest sports of all time. It dates back to the 17th century with the place of origin being questioned, although the closest claim to its origin is Scotland.

Golf has been misconceived to mean ‘Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden’, it is played by over 55 million individuals from both genders scattered across the globe.

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Similar to other sports, the establishment of the golf tournaments has attracted millions of fans which have led to a huge financial success which has benefited stakeholders in the sport.

The Top 20 Richest Golfers In the World 2020

Here is a list of the top 20 richest golf players in the world based on their net worth from the least to the highest.

20. Darren Clarke: $30 Million

Darren Clarke is an Irish professional golfer with a net worth of $30 million dollars.

After playing golf from a young age, he continued his passion while at the University, and eventually turning pro in 1990.

From there, he went on to win the Alfred Dunhill Open in Belgium which is his first European Tour Win ever and symbolized his presence on the pro circuit.

He then secured his second European Tour in 1996 at the Linde German Masters and won his first PGA tour in 2000.

19. David Toms: $35 Million

David Toms is an American professional golfer from Monroe, Louisiana. He has a net worth of $35 million dollars.

At the time he was playing for his University golf team, he qualified for his first PGA Tour participation in 1991.

In 1996 and 1997, he won the Quad Classic, and since then he has gone on to win the PGA Tour event thirteen times and the Web.com Tour event twice.

In 2011, David was awarded the Payne Stewart Award for his exceptional behavior and respect for the game.

Aside golfing, he owns a golfing design business which contributes generously to his net worth.

18. Justin Rose: $40 Million

The next fellow on this list of richest golfers in the world is Justin Rose, who has a very impressive net worth of $40 million dollars.

Justin Rose grew up in England but was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He started his golfing career at a very young age; he has played in several competitions. He competed in his first Walker cup at the age of 17.

However, it wasn’t until 2002 when he really began to find his way, he went on to win five PGA Tour events, six European Tour events, the Sunshine Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia.

Justin won the U.S. Open in 2013. He is one of the five golfers in the world who have won golf tournaments in the 6 continents where golf is played. He also won gold at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

He has made a considerable amount of money from brand sponsorship and endorsement deals.

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17. Adam Scott: $40 Million

Adam Scott is an Australian professional golfer, who has a net worth of $40 million dollars.

He began his professional career in the European circuit in 2000. However, he did not get off to the best start and didn’t win his first title until 2001.

Since then, he has won a lot of European titles and focused more on the PGA tours, going on to take 2nd place at the Open Championship in 2012 and winning the 2013 Masters Tournament.

16. Pete Dye: $50 Million

Pete Dye is an American golfer and course designer who has a net worth of $50 million.

He had an outstanding performance as an amateur at high school and then went on to join the U.S. Army in 1944, putting the brakes on his golfing career.

When he left the U.S. army, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and then designed the nine-hole course El Dorado, and an 18-hole course in Indianapolis in 1962.

Pete went on to design golf courses like the Radrick Farms Golf Course for the University of Michigan in 1962 and the Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana.

In 2008, Pete was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame for his contribution to the sport.

15. Davis Love: $50 Million

Davis Love is one of the richest golfers in the world, a man that has a net worth of 50 million US dollars.

He turned pro in 1985 and has had a very impressive career; he has won over 21 PGA events which include his 1997 PGA Championship win.

In 1992 and 2003, he won the prestigious Players Championship and has been in the top 10 Official World Golf Rankings for over 450 weeks.

The golf veteran presently competes in the PGA Tour and PGA Champion Tour. Davis captained the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 2012. 

14. Nick Faldo: $60 Million

Nick Faldo is a professional golfer from England and has a net worth of $60 million dollars.

He is a bit of a legend in the sport, and famous for winning three Masters and three Open championships.

Nick turned pro in 1976 and has roughly forty professional wins under his belt including 6 major Championship. He was ranked top on the Official Golf Rankings for well over 90 weeks.

As well as playing golf, Nick moved into the TV world and became the lead golf analyst for CBS Sports. He was also inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1997.

13. Ian Poulter: $60 Million

Ian is a professional golfer from England. He is one of the richest golfers in the world with a net worth of $60 million dollars.

He turned pro in 1996 and won his first Open in 1999. He is known for his incredible golfing talents.

He has accumulated 16 professional wins and was awarded the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year in 2000.

He is well known for his interesting dress sense and passion for collecting Ferraris.

He is the thirteenth richest golfer on the list of world’s richest golf players.

12. Sergio Gercia :$70 Million

Sergio Garcia is also one of the richest golfers in the world. He is a Spanish professional golfer who has a net worth of $70 million.

He was born in Spain in 1980 and turning pro in 1999. Sergio earned his wealth from a combination of golf prize money and endorsement deals.

His success meant that he has spent much of his career in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings. In 2017, he won his first major championship after 19 years on the PGA tour.

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11. Vijay Signh: $75 Million

Vijay Singh is a 56-year-old Fijian professional golfer who has a net worth of $75 million dollars.

In 2004/05, Vijay was ranked the #1 golfer in the Official World Golf Rankings for 32 weeks and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006.

During his career, Vijay won three majors and earned roughly $67 million dollars in prize money and millions more in sponsorships and endorsement deals.

Vijay is indeed one of the richest golfers in the world!

10. Ernie Els: $85 Million

Ernie Els, also known as ‘The Big Easy’ with reference to his physique and fluid-like method of swing. He is a South African professional golfer.

Just like Ken Griffey Jr, one of the top 20 richest baseball players, Ernie Els has a net worth of $85 million.

Ernie turned pro in 1989 and has one of the most impressive records in the history of golf sport.

He has won the U.S. Open and the Open Championship multiple times and is a former World #1, with 71 tournaments including 4 majors.

Outside the golf course, Els owns a golf course design business and a very successful winery.

9. Jordan Spieth: $100 Million

Jordan Spieth is an amazing American professional golfer who has a net worth of $100 million dollars.

Jordan’s career got off to a great start when he won the US Junior Amateur tournament twice, in 2009 and 2011, which had only ever been achieved by Tiger Woods.

His career has seen a lot of highlights since then. He broke a 36-hole Record at The Masters in 2015 which made him to become the third-youngest player ever to win multiple events in PGA Tour history.

Jordan earned $42 million dollars from June 2017 to June 2018, which certainly helps him become one of the richest golfers in the world.

8. Fred Couples: $120 Million

Fred Couples is an American Professional Golfer who has managed to record more than 50 tournament wins in his career which has seen several high and low points.

He has a net worth of $120 million dollars and got himself the nickname “Boom Boom”, for his incredible ability to hit long drives.

Fred joined the PGA tour in 1982 and has since racked up 51 professional tour wins.

He has also had a significant impact on the design of some of America’s major golf courses. In 2013, he was inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame.

7. Rory Mcilroy: $130 Million

Rory Mcilroy is a professional golfer from Northern Ireland, who has a net worth of $130 million dollars.

His father introduced him to the sport when he was only 18 months old. He went on to have a successful amateur career and turned pro in 2007.

Since then, he has accomplished a lot, including representing Europe in the Ryder Cup, becoming the third youngest person in history to win the British Open and ranking No.1 in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Rory is also one of only four players to win three majors before the age of 25. He has also won about 4 major championships in his career.

In April 2020, he sits at the number one spot in the Official World Golf Rankings.

6. Gary Player: $250 Million

Gary Player is indeed an amazing golfer. He is a South-African professional golfer who has a net worth of $250 million. He is probably the best golfer the African country has produced.

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Gary Player has built up one of the largest fan bases in the sport due to his incredible skill and likeable personality and has earned the title of the third most winning golfer in PGA history.

He was inducted into the World Golf of Fame in 1974. Gary’s successful golfing career has made him one of the richest golfers in the world!

5. Greg Norman $300 Million

Greg Norman is a 64-year old Australian professional golfer who has a net worth of $300 million dollars.

Greg has experienced massive success throughout his golfing career and managed to accumulate more than 90 professional wins.

He turned pro in 1976 at age 21, and was inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame in 2001.

Some of his accomplishments include winning the British Open Championship and being ranked No. 1 in the world for a total of 331 weeks.

Outside of golf, Greg has become a bit of an entrepreneur. He has opened a golf course design company, founding a clothing line and entering the wine business in 1996.

4. Jack Nicklaus: $320 Million

Jack Nicklaus is a retired professional golfer from America with a net worth of 320 million US dollars. He has been nicknamed ‘The Golden Bear’.

Jack turned pro in 1961 and is regarded as one of the world’s greatest professional golfers of all time.

During his career, Jack has accumulated 115 professional victories, including winning the PGA tour 73 times and won 18 major championship which ranks as the highest championship wins in the world.

His achievements led him to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.

3. Phil Mickelson: $400 Million

Phil Mickelson is a professional golfer with a net worth of $400 million.

He was born in California in 1976; 44-year-old Phil had a successful start in his golfing career while playing in college.

In his career, he won three Haskins Awards for the most Outstanding College Golfer of the year in 1990, 1991 and 1992.

Since then, he has earned over $87 million dollars in tournament prizes, becoming the second-ranked golfer in all-time career tournament winnings. He has also had endorsement deals with KPMG, Titleist, Ford, Callaway and Rolex.

2. Arnold Palmer: $700 Million

Arnold Palmer is popularly known as ‘The King’ of golf with a net worth of $700 million.

He is a winner of 62 PGA Tour events and 7 majors. He is responsible for the design of more than 300 courses worldwide.

He has global apparel brands and has played a longtime role as pitchman for several top companies and brands including; Rolex, Cadillac, MasterCard, Sears and many others.

1. Tiger Woods: $800 Million

Tiger Woods is currently the richest Golfer in the world and is unarguably the most famous golfer ever.

Tiger needs no introduction as he has had one of the most successful and impressive careers in golfing history.

Since 1996, Tiger has earned over $1.5 billion dollars becoming the highest earning golfer ever, and for so many years, he was the highest earning celebrity in the world.

Some of his golfing achievements include, 81 PGA Tour wins, 41 European tour wins, and five Masters victories.

Tiger has been ranked No.1 for more consecutive weeks than any other player in the history of the sport. He is also responsible for raising high purse of millions of dollars due to his exclusive play.

Summary of The Richest Golfers In The World

Unarguably, Tiger Woods is naturally gifted and is by any standard one of the greatest golfers in the world.

Although golf is played by the rich and high class, it is a professional sport which welcomes all, despite societal influence.

There you have the list of the top 20 richest golfers in the world 2020 and it is ranked according to their net worth. Here’s the quick recap:

  1. Tiger Woods
  2. Arnold Plamer
  3. Phil Mickelson
  4. Jack Nickalaus
  5. Greg Norman
  6. Gary Player
  7. Rory Mcilroy
  8. Fred Couples
  9. Jordan Spieth
  10. Ernie Els
  11. Vijay Signh
  12. Sergio Gercia
  13. Ian Poulter
  14. Nick Faldo
  15. Davis Love
  16. Adam Scott
  17. Justin Rose
  18. David Toms
  19. Darren Clarke

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