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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
McIlroy has been the face of the anti-LIV movement for the PGA Tour, just as Spieth appears in his earnings.
Woods’ earnings on his track are worth laughing at as 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.
Forbes estimates that Koepka received a $100 million guarantee from LIV, which helped raise his total earnings over the past year to $69 million.
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.
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 to help him reach $97 million, which is good enough to make him the fifth highest-paid athlete in the world.
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.