Oct 21st, 2017
Forbes publish annual list of world’s best paid athletes
So who were the top golfers?
It was another bumper payday for the world’s top sports stars, with the 100 top-earning athletes banking $3.11 billion combined over the past 12 months. So who were last year's highest earning players?
Cristiano Ronaldo took the top spot with $93 million, which included $35 from sponsors and licensing.
The five highest-paid athletes, Ronaldo, LeBron James, Lionel Messi, Roger Federer and Kevin Durant all generated more than $25 million annually from sponsors.
Rory McIlroy now ranks as the highest earner in golf, as he comes in at T6 with an annual income of $50 million.
Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson all made the top 50.
According to Forbes, McIlroy earned $16m on the course in the last 12 months and $34m off it from his collection of endorsements, including TaylorMade, Omega and EA Sports.
Mickelson has not won a tournament since The Open in 2013 but he still took home $3.5m in prize money and another $40m from his sponsors, and sits at No 12 on the list.
Woods only earned $107,000 in competition due to his injury problems, but he still managed to bring in $37m from his various brand endorsements, including Nike TaylorMade and Bridgestone.
His career earnings are now estimated at $1.4billion, and he is 17 on this year’s list.
Meanwhile, it has been a good year for Jordan Spieth, who trousered $34.5 million to take 21st spot, whilst Dustin Johnson just made it into the Top 50 with $27.6 million to take 48th spot.
One person to miss the list was Justin Thomas, despite winning $16, 598,226 - $10 million of which came from his FedEx victory. He still needed another $4 million to make the Top 100!