The 5 richest golfers in the world


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Golf can be a very lucrative game. The world’s wealthiest golfer has a net worth in the hundreds of millions of dollars, ahead of business icons such as Martha Stewart and “Papa John” Schnatter, according to Forbes and other sources.

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Americans claim 2 spots among the top 5 richest active PGA golfers, based on prize money, endorsement deals, corporate outings and licensing fees. Let’s look at the leader board.

Editor’s note: Net worth figures were current as of Nov. 30, 2015.

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1. Tiger Woods

Net worth: $700 million

  • Age: 39
  • Country: United States

His game may not be up to par these days, but Tiger Woods, a professional golfer since 1996, has a reported net worth that is more than 3 times that of the No. 2 golfer on the list of wealthiest golfers. In 2001, Woods became the 1st player ever to hold all major professional championship titles at one time. In addition, Woods has been selected as the PGA Tour Player of the Year 11 times since 1997.

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2. Phil Mickelson

Net worth: $180 million

  • Age: 45
  • Country: United States

Phil Mickelson might not be worth as much as Tiger Woods, but he’s edging him out in total earnings. In 2015, his annual earnings so far are reported to be $50.8 million, according to Forbes, compared with Woods’ $50.6 million. Nicknamed “Lefty,” Mickelson turned pro in 1992.

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3. Ernie Els

Net worth: $75 million

  • Age: 46
  • Country: South Africa

Ernie Els has annual earnings of more than $14 million in 2015 so far, according to Forbes. That includes winnings and endorsements, plus he has his own golf-course design and wine businesses. Els turned pro in 1989 and has won 19 PGA Tour tournaments.

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4. Vijay Singh

Net worth: $75 million

  • Age: 52
  • Country: Fiji

Vijay Singh is the 2nd golfer to reach $60 million in PGA Tour career earnings, after Tiger Woods. Singh turned pro in 1982 and joined the PGA Tour in 1993, winning the Masters in 2000.

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5. Rory McIlroy

Net worth: $65 million

  • Age: 26
  • Country: Northern Ireland

Rory McIlroy, the top-ranked player in the world in 2014, is still on a roll, having won 5 PGA victories over the past 12 months. He turned pro in 2007 and has annual earnings of $48.5 million in 2015 so far, according to Forbes.

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