2013 PGA TOUR Top Money Earners List

Who Got the Most Coin – 2013 PGA TOUR Top Money Earners List

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2013 PGA TOUR Top Money Earners List

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Some names and ranks have changed since last year’s list, but the usual suspects proved once again how good they truly are.

New faces like Spieth and Stenson even graced us with their presence in 2013, making names for themselves and earning the hefty amounts of cash that comes with it such recognition.

Flashing their super model girlfriends and wives, fancy homes, and private jets on Instagram leaves us no doubt these PGA TOUR top money earners are living the dream.  But the front-page-grabbing, young superstars are not the only ones to make the list.  Legends like Palmer, Player, and Nicklaus continue to bring in the big bucks from endorsement deals, course design, and smart investments

So who got the most coin in 2013?  Let’s break down the PGA TOUR top money earners on and off the course to find out…

RankNameOn Course EarningsOff Course EarningsTotalNotes
1Tiger Woods$12,091,508$71,000,000$83,091,508Tiger reemerged on TOUR in 2013 racking up wins and recapturing the World No. 1 rank. He came close to winning the FedExCup but feel short in the playoffs. Made $3 million less overall than 2012, but we’re sure he’ll get by.
2Phil Mickelson$7,009,156$45,000,000$52,009,156Phil took home a major victory in 2013 and continues to roll in the dough off the course. Lefty should make this type of money for decades to come, playing or not.
3Arnold Palmer$0$40,000,000$40,000,000Who needs to win golf tournaments? The King has more golf licensing contracts than anyone in the world and his business dealings in Asia led to even more coin this year. Retirement has been fantastic for Arnie.
4Jack Nicklaus$9,625$26,000,000$28,047,000The successful golf course designer and forever golf legend is still hanging on to the record of most majors won.
5Henrik Stenson$18,594,670$2,850,000$21,444,670First year making the list after an amazing FedExCup winning season, the World No 3 had a career year and took the 5th spot on our list, where Rory McIlroy sat last year.
6Rory McIlroy$2,608,789$18,000,000$20,608,789It pays to have a major sponsor like Nike behind you when your golf season doesn’t go well. Rory is still living the dream. And you thought he had a bad year!
7Gary Player$9,625$16,000,000$16,009,625Mr. Player jumped up three spots from last year thanks to his increased activities off the course, including new endorsement deals and public speaking.
8Adam Scott$8,048,068$7,600,000$17,078,710There is no doubt that winning a major helps with build your superstar status. The 2013 Masters Champ had a great year on the course and currently sits as the World No. 2 spot.
9Ernie Els$2,189,536$12,500,000$14,689,536Not a bad year in earnings, but the South African Hall of Famer makes most of his cash from globetrotting.com, a side job that brings in some serious bucks.
10Greg Norman$0$14,000,000$14,000,000Another living legend that earns his coin from his successful Shark Clothing line and golf course architecture projects.
11Sergio Garcia$3,411,237$8,500,000$11,911,237Still no major for this guy, and he narrowly survived what could have been a publicity nightmare with his “Fried Chicken” comment, but he's still a poster boy for Adidas and Taylormade so he continues to do quite well for himself.
12Justin Rose$6,253,672$5,500,000$11,753,672U.S. Open winner in 2013 and one of the nicest guys on TOUR. J Rose also remains as a big name on the TaylorMade roster.
13Matt Kuchar$7,053,225$3,750,000$10,803,225The always-smiling Kuchar grabbed a win at the 2013 WGC Match Play and represents the Bridgestone brand proudly. It also helps that this "cuts made" master grabs a nice sized paycheck every time he plays.
14Luke Donald$2,926,655$7,000,000$9,926,655Luke’s TV market value is always high. The Mizuno/RBC sponsored pro never won a major but was recently World No. 1 which helped his marketability.
15Steve Stricker$6,590,532$3,000,000$9,590,532Doesn’t play as much as he used too, but when he does, he always seems to be in the hunt. Steve jumped up 19 spots on the list this year, and perhaps the off course earnings were those putting lessons he gave Tiger?
16Graeme McDowell$4,515,205$5,000,000$9,515,205A great personality will always get you somewhere. This is especially true in pro sports. GMac is the poster boy for Srixon Golf and he picked up a nice win last year at the RBC.
17Lee Westwood$2,889,087$6,500,000$9,389,087This Englishman needs to win his first major very soon or he may see himself drop off this list next year. Still representing the PING brand, Westwood’s play hasn’t been all that great of late.
18Jordan Spieth$4,669,820$4,500,000$9,169,820Not bad for a rookie huh? With the way Speith's been playing we’re sure the (now) 21 year old will be here again next year, possibly even ranked higher.
19Dustin Johnson$4,643,214$4,500,000$9,143,214DJ is a consistent money earner who's soon to be married to the luscious Paulina Gretzky. Still repping the TaylorMade and Adidas brands strong, Dustin could possibly be a top 15 on next year’s list.
20Jim Furyk$3,474,779$5,250,000$8,724,779Jim’s been a consistently big earner on TOUR for decades. Covered by long term sponsorship deals, he’ll continue to make a decent paycheck throughout his career and retirement, especially if he notches a couple more big wins.


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