One of the most important business skills that you can have is the ability to play golf. After all, many a deal has been struck while hitting that little white ball. Golf is a good career option too. If you’re really, really, really good at it, you may join the ranks of the richest golfers ever, as ranked by Worthly.com.
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15. Lee Trevino
Net worth: $40 million Trevino won the US Open, the PGA Championship and the Open Championship not once, but twice: a feat only three other golfers have accomplished. According to Worthly.com, the Merry Mex made much of his money on the Senior PGA Tour.
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14. Adam Scott
Net worth: $40 million The Aussie ranked #1 in the world for a couple of months in 2014. His winnings have brought him quite a bit of money already, and he may grow even richer from endorsement deals.
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13. Lee Westwood
Net worth: $40 million In 2010, the Brit knocked Tiger Woods out of the top position in the world rankings. He hasn’t won any major tournaments, but he regularly wins, which brings in a steady income.
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12. Rory McIlroy
Net worth: $50 million McIlroy, who hails from Northern Ireland, is the current #1 golfer in the world. He’s already won four majors and has a huge endorsement deal with Nike. Not bad for someone who’s only 25.
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11. Jim Furyk
Net worth: $50 million The American won the US Open in 2003 and while he hasn’t won any other majors, he consistently ranks amongst the top golfers. He's been in the top 10 for more than 380 weeks since 1999.
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10. Sir Nick Faldo
Net worth: $60 million The Brit who is more properly known as Sir Nick Faldo had a stellar career that included winning six majors. These days, his money comes from covering the sport for CBS Sports.
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9. Ernie Els
Net worth: $75 million The Big Easy has held the #1 spot and, at 788 weeks up to 2013, also the record for the most weeks in the top 10. The South African earns extra money from designing golf courses and from his winery, Ernie Els Wines.
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8. Vijay Singh
Net worth: $75 million Singh proved that Fiji can produce more than just rugby players. In 2004 and 2005, he ranked at #1 and among his 59 professional wins are three majors.
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7. Fred Couples
Net worth: $105 million The American known as 'Boom Boom' has 63 professional wins, including 1992 Masters Tournament, to his name. He now plays mainly on the seniors circuit and also designs golf courses.
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6. Phil Mickelson
Net worth: $180 million Mickelson has won five majors and ranks 2nd on the PGA Tour’s list of all-time career earnings. However, he actually makes more money from endorsements and in 2011, he was the second-highest paid of all athletes in the US.
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5. Gary Player
Net worth: $200 million The International Ambassador of Golf has won 165 professional tournaments, among them golf’s Grand Slam, in his career of over six decades. The legendary South African has also made money from writing golf books, designing golf courses, breeding thoroughbred horses and other business ventures.
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4. Jack Nicklaus
Net worth: $280 million The Golden Bear is called the greatest in the history of golf and won an incredible 18 majors in a career that spanned from 1961 to 2005. He owns one of the world’s largest golf course design companies and his golfing instructional video has sold more copies than any other.
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3. Greg Norman
Net worth: $300 million The Aussie known as the Great White Shark won 90 professional tournaments, including two majors and is a former #1. His multinational, Great White Shark Enterprises, earns him money from ventures as diverse as golf course design and beef exports.
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2. Tiger Woods
Net worth: $550 million Between 1997 and 2010, Woods dominated the world of golf and shattered records. Then came the sex scandal, divorce and a drop in rankings. He also lost some sponsors. However, Nike stood by him and he made a huge comeback. He consistently ranks as one of the world’s highest paid athletes.
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1. Arnold Palmer
Net worth: $675 million It’s with good reason that the American golfing legend is known as The King. Like Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, he’s one of golf’s Big Three. He’s won seven majors and was a superstar back in the day. He now makes even more money through golf-related business ventures and has a drink and an airport named after him.