Top earning golfers of 2008

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Published 20/01/2009 10:20:02
 

Golf is a lucrative game, with on-course earnings being sky high and off-course endorsements being even higher, there's a lot of money to be made. Golf Digest have compiled a list of the top earners in Golf in 2008.

So who are golf's richest players?

Things to note:

  • Tiger earned just 6% of his earnings on the golf course; the rest came from endorsements such as Nike and Buick.
  • That's nothing on Nick Faldo: not a penny of his $5.5 million came on the course.
  • The top earners generally have one thing in common - they have business interests outside of golf. Just look at Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman for shining examples.
  • There's a long way back from Tiger - he earns almost as much as the next three names on the list combined.
  • Five female players make the list - Annika Sorenstam ranked 11th overall with $14.5 million, Michelle Wie next at 24th with $7.1 million.
  • The "cut" for the list was $4.4 million - made by Paul Casey at number 50.

Top earners of 2008

  1. Tiger Woods, $117.3 million
  2. Phil Mickelson, $44.8 million
  3. Vijay Singh, $43.1 million
  4. Arnold Palmer, $30 million
  5. Greg Norman, $26 million
  6. Ernie Els, $26 million
  7. Sergio Garcia, $25 million
  8. Jack Nicklaus, $22 million
  9. Padraig Harrington, $17.6 million
  10. Jim Furyk, $15.7 million
  11. Annika Sorenstam, $14.5 million
  12. Retief Goosen, $11.3 million
  13. Camilo VIllegas, $11.2 million
  14. Adam Scott, $10.9 million
  15. Trevor Immelman, $9.9 million
  16. Davis Love III, $9.7 million
  17. Anthony Kim, $8.8 million
  18. Mike Weir, $8.8 million
  19. Lee Westwood, $8.7 million
  20. Justin Leonard, $8.6 million
  21. Henrik Stenson, $8.1 million
  22. Colin Montgomerie, $7.5 million
  23. K.J. Choi, $7.4 million
  24. Michelle Wie, $7 million
  25. Kenny Perry, $6.7 million
  26. Paula Creamer, $6.5 million
  27. Gary Player, $6.5 million
  28. Tom Watson, $6.5 million
  29. Stewart Cink, $6.5 million
  30. John Daly, $6.2 million
  31. Robert Karlsson, $6 million
  32. Fred Couples, $5.9 million
  33. Zach Johnson, $5.7 million
  34. Rory Sabbatini, $5.6 million
  35. Geoff Ogilvy, $5.6 million
  36. Luke Donald, $5.6 million
  37. Nick Faldo, $5.5 million
  38. Charles Howell III, $5.4 million
  39. Ian Poulter, $5.3 million
  40. Justin Rose, $5.2 million
  41. Darren Clarke, $5.2 million
  42. Robert Allenby, $5.2 million
  43. Angel Cabrera, $5.1 million
  44. Ji-Ya Shin, $5.1 million
  45. Lorena Ochoa, $5 million
  46. Peter Jacobsen, $4.9 million
  47. Steve Stricker, $4.7 million
  48. Stuart Allenby, $4.7 million
  49. David Toms, $4.5 million
  50. Paul Casey, $4.4 million



Comments


1.  That's a lot of money!

comment by Derek Hatton - 08/08/2012 15:18

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