Golf is usually associated with high honor and specific adequate of classy men and women. The prize of winning the Master’s tournament is nearly $10 million, which just shows how valued this skill is. Here we have some of the most wealthy golfers ranked by net worth as of 2019. Wait till you see how rich these golfers are.
Padraig Harrington- $40 Million Net Worth
Back in 1995, the Irish golfer Padraig Harrington began his professional golfing career. With over 30 wins, his name became known. As of today, he has three major championships under his belt, the Open Championship in 2007 and 2008, along with the PGA Championship in 2008. For nearly 5.5 years he has been in the top 10. In 2015, which is his most recent win, he succeeded with the Honda Classic on the European PGA Tour, making it his first PGA win in seven years. Last year he was named the captain of the 2020 Ryder Cup and has an expected net worth of $40 million.
Luke Donald- $40 Million Net Worth
Luke Donald, the British former number one golfer known in the world, is nearly worth $40 million. He is most commonly seen on the PGA tour, but sometimes on the European tour. In 2011, he was credited with the titled Number One Golfer in the Official World Golf Ranking for 9 months. Unfortunately, Rory Mcllroy surpassed Donald and temporarily took his title until Donald acclaimed it once again. Overall, for 12.5 months he has been Number One and for 200 weeks in the top 10.
Lee Westwood – $42 Million Net Worth
Out of all the golfers, Lee Westwood is associated with being one of the most consistent ones there are. He has won many tournaments in several continents. In addition, he was named player of the year in 1998, 1999 and 2009. He is also pointed out for being one of the best players to never win a championship but was in the top 3 at every major tournament. In addition, he is one of the most wealthy players and is worst at around $42 million. In 2010, for nearly 22 weeks he actually replaced Tiger Woods as World Number One Golfer
Lee Trevino – $45 Million Net Worth
Lee Trevino is a retired professional golfer known as one of the best players in history. Out of all players, only four excelled at winning the U.S. Open, The Open Championship, and the PGA Championship several times, making Trevino one of them. However, he has never won the Masters. Nicknamed, “Supermex,” is nearly worth $45 million.
Annika Sorenstam – $47 Million Net Worth
Annike Sorenstam is one of the wealthiest and successful female players in all of golf history. Originally from Sweden, the retired player has succeeded in 90 international tournaments and 72 official LPGA tournaments, as well as 10 majors. She was also named Player of the Year eight times in a row. Her accomplishments don’t stop there, she also won ix Vare Trophies for having the lowest seasonal scoring average. In addition, she is the only female to successfully shoot a 59 in a match. In 2003 she was named the first woman to play in a PGA tour since 1945. She worth around $47 million, wow!
Adam Scott -$48 Million Net Worth
With 29 international wins, the native Australian is not playing around. Adam Scott was named World Number One golfer between mid-May to August of 2014. He is best known for his 2013 Masters Tournament, which was his first and only major championship. This led to him being the first Australian to accomplish something of this standing. In 2012, he was the runner up in the Open Championship and ended third in two other PGA Championship events. With an estimated $48 million, he is one of the richest golfers we know.
Nick Faldo – $60 Million Net Worth
While the British player Sir Nicholas Alexander Faldo now mostly works as an on-air golf analyst, during his time he was one of the top celebrated players. For nearly 97 weeks he was named the top golfer, with 41 professional wins. He also accomplished 6 major championship win, including three at The Open Championship, and three at The Master’s Tournament. While he did not win the U.S. Open and PGA Championships, he was a finalist in both. In both of his careers he now as nearly $60 million.
Jim Furyk – $60 Million Net Worth
Jim Furyk, familiarly known as ‘The Businessman’, was named the champion of the FedEx Cup and PGA Player in 2010 With one major championship and 25 international tournaments, he makes the list of being one of the most wealthy players. He also has the records lowest score in PGA Tour history. In his last round of the 2016 Travelers Championship, he managed to score a 58! That same year he won second in the Official World Golf Ranking. For 10 years he was in the top 10 and now has a net worth of $60 million.
Sergio García – $70 Million Net Worth
Sergio Garcia spent over 450 weeks as one of the top 10 golfers in the world, leading him to be at the top in history. He is most commonly associated with his success in the 2008 Players Championship and the 2017 Masters Tournament. During his entire career, he has nearly 30 wins. The native Spaniard has accomplished over 30 international tournaments and was named second when he succeeded in the HSBC Champions tournament in November 2008.
Sadly, this player is most usually remembered for his inability to win a major tournament. However, in 2017 he won the Masters Tournament. At this time he was 37 years old and far into his career. He has a strong game and excellent awareness of detail. He has been nicknamed ‘El Nino’, and competed in the Ryder Cup. Today he is worth around $70 million.
Vijay Singh -$75 Million Net Worth
This one doesn’t even require though to say that Vijay Singh is one of the wealthiest players in the world. With the PGA he has seen an incredible career and has been pro for nearly four decades. He also was the top PGA Tour Money winner in 2003, 2004, and 2008. Throughout the 2000s he was seen as one of the highest talented players in 2004 achieved position number one in Official World Golf Ranking, for nearly 32 weeks. He also won the Masters Tournament.
‘The Big Fijian’
Many commend Singh for how much he cares about his professional ability. He was recognized for being one of the first people to arrive at the range before any event and dedicated many hours before and after events to work on his game. He was entered into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2005. His success and professionalism helped to become one of the highest-paid golfers in history and one of the best players all around. He has won 30 international tournaments and is worth around $75 million.
Rory McIlroy – $80 Million Net Worth
When he was 25, Rory Mcllroy went on to be one of four players to accomplish three majors. He had quite the history before going pro including being at the top of the World Amateur Golf Ranking for a week at just 17 years-old. As soon as he went pro, he established himself on the European Tour, which started in 2009. In 2012 he was known as the youngest player with 10 million euros on the European Tour and $10 million on the PGA Tour.
By age 25, Mcllroy was successful with three majors. He also had the top leading position in the Official World Golf Ranking for nearly 95 weeks. At around age 30, he had won four big tournaments and achieved 20 international tournament wins. He also has the U.S. open record score of -16 and holds the best margin of victory with 8 strokes at the PGA Championship. He has been credited with being the RTE Sports Person of the Year twice during his life and is worth nearly $80 million.
Ernie Else – $85 Million Net Worth
Ernie Else is known as the best South African golfer in history. He is also one of the most accomplished and rich players in the world. Nicknamed, “The Big Easy,” he has a striking 6-foot-3 stature, and earned success in over 70 tournaments during the period of his career. Out of only 6 players, he succeeded in the U.S. Open and The Open Championship on many occasions. He also won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997, as well as the Open Championship in 2002 and 2012. With four championships under his belt, he never succeeded in winning The Masters or PGA Championship.
The Big Easy
Throughout his career, Else has achieved a lot of money. He reached his height in 2003 and 2004 at the European Tour Order of Merit, where he won the most amount of money amongst all players. In addition, he was the first on the tour to bring home over 25 million euros from European Tour events. Also, he was the number one golfer in Official World Golf Ranking and was in the top 10 until 2013. He has placed in the World Golf Hall of Fame and is valued at nearly $85 million.
Fred Couples – $120 Million Net Worth
Not only is the former world number player Fred couples, an excellent player overall, but he has quite the net worth too. He hs seen around 60 pro wins during his career and is nicknamed “Boom Boom,” because of his ability to drive the ball far distances and precisely off the tee. He was also named the PGA Tour Player of the Year in both 1991 and 1992 and achieved the Vardon Trophy for his lowest scoring average. In 1992 he won his only Masters, before moving to Senior PGA Tour.
When he joined the Senior PGA Tour his achievements were consistent. He won the Senior Players Championship in 2011 and The Senior Open Championship the following year. He was also recommended for the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013. He then spent the following 16 weeks as the top golfer in the world and now one of the wealthiest. Today he is worth around $120 million.
Gary Player – $250 Million Networth
Gary Players is named one of the best golfers in history and also one of the richest. The native South African achieved nine major championships on the regular tour as well as nine major championships on the Champions Tour. Overall, he achieved 160 tournaments throughout his career. When he was 29 years old, he became the only non-American to achieve four majors throughout his career. At that time he was also the youngest to achieve such an accomplishment. Since then, only five players have managed to accomplish this.
The Black Knight
Back in 1974, this South African player was stationed in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Aside from his success on the course, he has also composed and co-written over 35 books about golf. For all his achievements he has been given the nickname International Ambassador of Golf and is worth around $250 million due to his success in his athletics, architecture, and writing.
Greg Norman – $300 Million Net Worth
The Australian player, Greg Normal is one of the best golfers known in the world. He has nearly 85 professional tournaments wins under his belt. He is the best player in his country and also one of the richest in history. Throughout his career, he earned nearly 30 top-10 finishes in major tournaments. He also was the second in line nearly 8 times in majors throughout his golfing career. He accomplished 20 PGA Tour tournaments and two majors he Open Championships in 1986 and 1993. Back in 2001, he was introduced into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
‘The Great White Shark’
During his 1981 Masters, Normal claimed the nickname “The Shark,” because of his blond hair and golfing style. He also went on to be the CEO of his own global corporation, called the Greg Norman Company. He also has charitable organizations under his name such as the QBE Shootout, which helps with Children’s cancer efforts. He is one of the most caring athletes golf history has ever had and is worth around $300 million.
Jack Nicklaus – $320 Million Net Worth
While Jack Nicklaus is one of the best golfers of his era, he is also amongst the highest-paid. He achieved nearly 18 champions throughout his career. He has competed in more major championships than anyone else. He also has won every major championship and with 73 PGA Tour wins he has been named him as the third all-time following Sam Snead (82) and Tiger Woods (81). Nicklaus’s accomplishments include six wins at the Masters, four wins at the U.S. Open, three wins at the Open Championship, and five wins at the PGA Championship.
‘The Golden Bear’
Aside from golf, Nicklaus has exceeded beyond this area. He has gone into charity, novel writing, and design He is also part of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and is in charge of the PGA Tour, known as the Memorial Tournament. In addition, he owns one of the greatest golf course design industries in the world. His novel called “Golf My Way” is one of the best depictions of golf in history. His net worth is around $320 million, which is not surprising since he has two incredible careers.
Phil Mickelson – $375 Million Net Worth
Phil Mickelson spent 25 consecutive years being in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking, He has over 40 PGA Tour wins, and one of 16 players to win three of four majors. He won three champions at the Masters, one at the PGA Championship, and one at the Open Championship. Unfortunately, he never claimed U.S. Open accomplishment but was runner up 6 times.
In 2012, Mickelson, nicknamed “Lefty” was enlisted into World Golf Hall of Fame. He was in the top 10 Ranking for around 700 weeks and in the top 50 for 25 consecutive years. He acclaimed the nickname “Lefty” because of his left-handed swing, which he got from mimicking his father. With his success, he has become one of the most successful players with a net worth of $375 million.
Arnold Palmer – $700 Million Net Worth
Arnold Palmer is worldly known as the best golfer in history. “The King” as many call him, was a developer in the PGA and was the face of sports TV when it was first created. He has a different kind of character that stands out. He is modest and charming and has completely transformed the view of golf. He has accomplished many tournaments and is extremely skilled at what he does.
Palmer has been on the course for over 6 decades with more than 60 PGA Tour wins to his name. As of 2019, he is number 5 on the PGA Tour’s all-time victory list following Sam Snead, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Ben Hogan. He showed an incredible success streak with 7 major tournament wins in 6 years. Palmer is one of the 13 initial entries into the World Golf Hall of Fame and achieved the PGA Tour lifetime achievement award back in 1998. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2016 when he was 87 years old. When he passed away he was worth around $700 million.
Tiger Woods- $850 Million Net Worth
When it comes to championships and PGA Tour wins, Tiger woods is second in both. He is the greatest golfer of his time and one of the most well known. He is also pain extremely high and the face of golf. In less than a year he became number one in world rankings and has stayed there for over 540 weeks. He has also won all the big-time tournaments at least 3 times each.
Tiger woods has exceeded any other player being the most successful World Number One golfer and for the longest time. He made the PGA player award around 11 times. He is an extremely influential and powerful player, which explains why he is so highly paid. He is worth around $850 million!
Special Mention – Patty Berg
While she isn’t Tiger Woods, Patty Berg is one of the most legendary players in all of golf history. She was one of the originals during the start of the LGPA Tour. She has 15 major title wins and holds the record for the female with the most wins. She has had quite the iconic career and is in the World Golf Hall of Fame, leaving behind an incredible career to her name. She passed away in 2006 with around $85 million to her name.
Special Mention – Micky Wright
Mickey Wright is a former LPGA Tour professional and an iconic member of the history of women golf. Wright initially joined the tour and then went on to be one of the most legendary players. She succeeded in 13 major championships and 82 LPGA Tour events, resulting in a large amount of prize money. In addition, she is one of few golfers to achieve a women’s major and is definitely in the top 3 for best golfers. She has been inducted into the Word Golf Hall of Fame and is worth around $24 million.
Special Mention – Louise Suggs
Louise Suggs was one of the players who played when the LPGA Tour was first starting out. She went on to be one of the faces of women golf. She succeeded with 58 professional tournament wins and 11 overall. She was entered into the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame and then went into the World Golf Hall of Fame. She was worth $8 million when she passed away in 2015.
Special Mention – Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan is an amazing player and one of five to ever win four major championships. He is also most commonly known for how he affected golf swing theory. He had an incredible skill in hitting the ball that many lacked. He has won 9 championships and is tied for fourth of all-time with Gary Player/ He passed away in 1997 with a net worth of $10 million.
Special Mention- Betsy Rawls
Betsy Rawls won eight major championships during her career as well as 55 LPGA Tour events, making her one of the best players in history. She received the LPGA Vare Trophy in 1959 when she had the lowest scoring average. Nine times overall, she concluded in the top 10 money list. Ever since retirement, she has been the tournament director for the LPGA Tour and is worth nearly $1 million.
Special Mention – Walter Hagen
Widely acknowledged to be one of the finest golfers in history, Walter Hagen is third behind Jack Nicklaus and Tigers Woods for the most majors of all-time. If his 11 professional major victories had come just a few decades later, he would’ve been an even wealthier man. With 45 total PGA wins in his career, Hagen was one of the most powerful golfers of his time. If ‘Sir Walter’ had played in an era where the prize winnings were more profitable, the World Golf Hall of Famer would likely be worth hundreds of millions more. At the time of his death in 1969, Hagen was estimated to be worth roughly $20 million.
Special Mention – Babe Zaharias
Babe Zaharias is an incredible player in golf but also in many sports like basketball, baseball, and track and field. She won two gold medals in track field back in 1932 at the Summer Olympics. She has 10 LPGA major championship wins and is seen as one of the best female athletes overall. She passed away with a net worth of $1 million.
Special Mention – Tom Watson
At this point, there has been no golfer in the world with the level of endurance like Tom Watson. Between the 70s and 80s, Watson was one of the leading players an stayed in the game until he was nearly 60. He achieved eight major championships but unfortunately never won a PGA championship. He was given a lavish amount of prize money during his career and has one six Senior major championships. As of 2019, he was worth around $25 million.
Special Mention – Karrie Webb
Karrie Webb, the Australian golfer, accomplished major prize success during her career. She has 57 professional wins to her name, and seven major championships. She is tied for seventh place in terms of the LPGA major champions. She made her debut in 1996 when she won the LPGA Rookie of the Year. That’s not all, she also topped the LPGA year-end money list three times and was named player of the year twice! Today she is worth around $15 million and still playing professionally.
Special Mention – Gene Sarazen
Around the 1920s and 1930s, Gene Sarazen was seen as one of the best golfers in the world. In addition, he is one of five players to succeed in the Career Grand Slam with success in the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, The Open Championship, and Masters Tournament. He finished his career with 49 pro wins to his name. In 1996 he was awarded the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award. He passed away at 97 years old, with a net worth of $17 million.
Special Mention – Ricky Fowler
#4 in the Official World Golf Ranking is Rickie Fowler, after winning in Abi Dhabi at the HSBC Golf Championship. What is most impressive is that he is a self-taught golfer who started out at a very young age. He has been conquering the course in tournament wins and sponsorships and is worth around $20 million. In 2015 he was listed in Force as the seventh highest-paid player, and this has only increased.