Watching professional golfers work their way through the greens is nothing short of a magical show. With deft skills in putting that ball towards the hole, a player can find himself easily winning the tournament. Unlike baseball and football where athletes have salaries, professional golfers aim to bag the prize money of every tournament on their list.
This year’s roster of top earners in the PGA Tour show a varied list of who’s who. The highest paid golfer in the land is Tiger Woods, which is no surprise at all. So far, the PGA TOUR money leader is actually Ernie Els, who came in at number 6. The South African is probably happy at the career switch he made at age 14 when he came to golf from the professional juniors division of tennis.
Vijay Singh sits calmly at second place with some $62 million as earnings during his 28-year career. After suffering from aches and pains of 2009, Singh is back in the saddle again and ready to create some ripples in the PGA Tour.
At number 3 is Phil Mickelson, one of the two golfers included in the highest paid athletes this year. Mickelson is 6th in the money leaders race. He finished first in the Masters tournament, which is also his best showing in the PGA Tour for 2010. Mickelson and Jim Furyk are both in the top ten of the tour’s money leaders rankings.
Tiger Woods shows no signs of slowing down as he is about to hit the 1 billion mark in career earnings. Coming back after a disastrous spell on his personal life, Woods is still very much a celebrated sportsman and one of the world’s greatest players the sport has ever seen.
These are the current top players in professional golf based on career earnings. Figures are approximate only.
- Tiger Woods $93 million
- Vijay Singh $62 million
- Phil Mickelson $57 million
- Jim Furyk $45 million
- Davis Love III $39 million
- Ernie Els $38 million
- David Toms $32 million
- Kenny Perry $31 million
- Justin Leonard $29 million
- Stewart Cink $28 million