Last season marked the first time since 1992 that neither Phil Mickelson or Tiger Woods won a PGA Tour event. But that hasn’t stopped either from raking in the big bucks. Both Phil (8th) and Tiger (9th) are ranked inside the top 10 of Forbes’ Highest Paid Athletes rankings, released this week.
This is the first time in Tiger’s pro career that he hasn’t been the highest-paid golfer. According to Forbes, Mickelson earned $50.8 million and Tiger earned $50.6 million. Of Mickelson’s $50.8 million, $2.8 million came from tour winnings and the other $48 million in endorsements (Callaway, KPMG, Barclays). $50 million of Tiger’s earnings came from endorsements (Nike).
At his peak, Tiger Woods made $121.9 million in 2009 before his scandal.
In case you’re wondering, boxing megastar Floyd Mayweather ranks first on the list – ‘Money’ pulled in a whopping $300 million. Another boxing star, Manny Pacquaio, ranked second at $160 million.
Just behind Tiger and Phil is Rory McIlroy, whose $48.3 million places him 12th overall. Justin Rose (82), Jordan Spieth (85) and Billy Horschel (96) are the only other golfers to crack the top 100.