They say money speaks, which partly explains the LIV Golf motto “Golf, but louder.”
According to a report by Forbes on the world’s highest-paid golfers for 2022, the junior series led by Greg Norman and backed by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, “has boosted the earnings of the ten highest-paid golfers by nearly $370 million since May, This brings their combined total to $650 million.”
Let this sink in for a second.
Seven of the world’s 10 highest-paid players now play LIV Golf, leaving only Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth as the extreme curators. Check out each player’s earnings on and off the track over the past year below (all numbers provided by Forbes).
10. Charles Schwarzel – $34 million
Course earnings: $30 million | Out-of-cycle earnings: 4 million dollars
The number one winner at LIV Golf in London, Schwartzel made more money in those three working days ($4.75 million) than in any years he spent on the PGA Tour, which spanned two decades.
South African golfer Charles Schwarzel celebrates the trophy during the coronation ceremony after winning the LIV Golf Invitational Series event at Centurion Club in St Albans, north London, June 11, 2022 (Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images)
9. Patrick Reed – $37 million
Course earnings: 34 million dollars | Out-of-cycle earnings: 3 million dollars
Reed was not known for his sponsorship prior to joining LIV, and the same is true now that he is a member of the series. The 31-year-old now rocks the brand in every piece of clothing he wears when he plays.
Patrick Reed plays a practice round before the 150th Open at Old St Andrews Stadium in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
8. Jordan Spieth – $39 million
Course earnings: 8 million dollars | Out-of-cycle earnings: $31 million
Spieth was adamant in his support of the PGA Tour on LIV, and this shows in both his earnings on and off the track. Sponsors tend to leave when players take the LIV route, and without the guaranteed money, his tournament earnings are more modest than previous players.
Jordan Spieth takes questions during his media session before a practice round for the 150th Open at Old St Andrews Stadium in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo: Ross Kinneard/Getty Images)
7. Sergio Garcia – $42 million
Course earnings: $35 million | Out-of-cycle earnings: 7 million dollars
Just like previous LIV players, Garcia’s ballooning earnings on the course reflect how financially beneficial it is to play the guaranteed money streak with no cut.
Sergio Garcia exits 11th during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Southern Hills Country Club. (Photo: Orlando Ramirez-USA Today Sports)
6. Rory McIlroy – $43 million
Course earnings: 9 million dollars | Out-of-cycle earnings: 34 million dollars
McIlroy has been the face of the anti-LIV movement for the PGA Tour, just as Spieth appears in his earnings.
Rory McIlroy reacts after a shot in the fifth lane during the final round of the 150th Open golf tournament at Old St Andrews Course. (Photo: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)
5. Tiger Woods – $68 million
Course earnings: 43,500 dollars | Out-of-cycle earnings: 68 million dollars
Woods’ earnings on his track are well worth laughing at given that he has played so little over the past year as he recovered from a solo car crash that nearly left his leg amputated. Norman said Woods turned down LIV’s bid in the “high nines,” which isn’t surprising given the 15-time champion’s major legacy is the Tour, as well as being the only billionaire in golf.
Tiger Woods gestures to the crowd on the 18th green at the end of his second round of the 150th British Open at Old Stadium in St Andrews in Scotland on July 15, 2022 (Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images)
4. Brooks Koepka – $69 million
Course earnings: 53 million dollars | Out-of-cycle earnings: 16 million dollars
Forbes estimates that Koepka received a $100 million guarantee from LIV, which helped raise his total earnings over the past year to $69 million.
Brooks Koepka walks toward the sixth fairway during the first round of the LIV Golf Championship at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. (Photo: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports)
3. Bryson DeShampoo – $86 million
Course earnings: 66 million dollars | Out-of-cycle earnings: 20 million dollars
Forbes reported that the eight-time PGA Tour winner likely took in more than $125 million and is estimated to have earned half the amount up front. He made $86 million over the past year, ranking above NFL quarterback Tom Brady.
Former President Donald Trump with Bryson Dechambeau during LIV Golf Bedminster pro-am. At Trump National in Bedminster, NJ on July 28, 2022 (Image: The Record)
2. Dustin Johnson – $97 million
Course earnings: 68 million dollars | Out-of-cycle earnings: $29 million
Johnson has always been all about the Benjamins, which makes sense as to why he’s joining the LIV series. Forbes estimates that the 38-year-old earned a $62 million signing bonus in May for helping him reach the $97 million mark, which is good enough to make him the fifth highest-paid athlete in the world.
Dustin Johnson waves to the crowd on Court 17th Green during the second round of the 150th Open at St Andrews Old Stadium. (Photo: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)
1. Phil Mickelson – $138 million
Course earnings: 102 million dollars | Out-of-cycle earnings: $36 million
Mickelson made the most of being the ultimate standout figure for players to move to LIV, but that came at a cost. Lefty lost sponsors and went on a four-month hiatus after some controversial comments about the PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia. Results? Forbes estimates a $200 million guarantee, half of which will likely come up front. Mickelson’s $138 million makes him the world’s highest-paid athlete over the past year, surpassing global soccer star Lionel Messi, who earned $130 million.
Phil Mickelson kicks off on hole 17 during the first round of the 150th Open golf tournament at Old St Andrews Course. (Photo: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports)
The story originally appeared on GolfWeek