Top 20 PGA TOUR Money Earners in 2012

Who’s Got the Most Coin: Top 20 PGA TOUR Money Earners in 2012

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We all watch these guys play golf every week.  Some don their sponsors’ logos from head to toe, while others fight just to stay on TOUR.   One week you may win $1,000,000 and the next week you may miss the cut and collect nothing.  Some have backyard golf holes, private jets and yachts, while others may rent a car to drive to the next tournament.   We broke down the top 20 money earners on TOUR last year and show you who’s living the good life.

Top 20 PGA TOUR Moneyt Earners in 2012:

2013 RankPlayer Name2012 On Course Earnings2012 Off Course Earnings2012 Total EarningsNotes
1Tiger Woods$9,124,386 $77,000,000 $86,124,386After losing some sponsors due to his marital scandal, Tiger landed on his feet nicely in 2012 with 3 PGA TOUR wins. We highly doubt anyone will ever make more money in this game than Tiger.
2Phil Mickelson$5,335,267$40,000,000$45,335,267Mr. Lefty has 40 TOUR wins, 4 major championships, and is one of the nicest guys on TOUR. Sponsors would pay to be embroidered on this guy’s underwear for no one to see.
3Arnold Palmer$40,000$36,000,000$36,040,000A living legend. It’s also nice to have a drink created and named after you. Palmer more money rolling in both foreign and domestic sources than he probably even knows about.
4Jack Nicklaus$47,000$28,000,000$28,047,000No need to explain this one... Nowadays, anything the Golden Bear touches, turns to gold.
5Rory McIlroy$15,582,782$7,000,000$22,582,782This doesn't factor in any new money from Nike when they recently became his sole sponsor. We see this young Irishman in the top 3 in earnings by next year. And he's only 23…
6Ernie Els$4,610,625$14,000,000$18,610,625Ernie has made an amazing living playing both TOURs and winning some big name events.
7Brandt Snedeker$15,427,444$2,000,000$17,427,444The $10 million he made in 2012 for winning the FedEx Cup helped him surge in money rankings. The good news is that Brandt is a great humanitarian and very likable family man.
8Greg Norman$78,710$17,000,000$17,078,710The Shark logo sells…very well. Apart from golf gear, his course designing and wine producing ventures make the registers ring for Mr. Norman.
9Luke Donald$6,787,901$7,500,000$14,287,901A consistent contender, Luke spends a lot of time on the top of the World Rankings board which gets a ton of TV time and ultimately makes him a more valuable billboard.
10Gary Player$12,000$14,000,000$14,012,000As you can see, this living legend earned most of his money off the course. At his age, he's still signing corporate sponsors.
11Lee Westwood$5,866,484$7,500,000$13,366,484This guy loves wearing his sponsors' logos. Oh, and he's a pretty darn good golfer as well.
12Sergio Garcia$3,342,248$10,000,000$13,342,248No major wins for this guy, although he is the most overdue of anyone on TOUR. Garcia’s looks and personality earn him plenty of off-course sponsor money.
13Justin Rose$9,413,407$3,750,000$13,163,407Rose banked a lot of money by playing both PGA and Euro TOURs. His earnings are primarily on-course winnings, but his Ryder Cup win in '12 helped his cause.
14Louis Oosthuizen$7,294,695$2,500,000$9,794,695It pays to be a consistent player on TOUR. His personal brand begin to flourish after a disappointing runner-up at the '12 Masters. Sponsors love that Louis is usually in the hunt on Sundays.
15Ryo Ishikawa$1,636,143$8,000,000$9,636,143He's the best player in Japan and homeland pays him very well in sponsorships. Ishikawa has yet to win on the PGA TOUR.
16Jim Furyk$4,075,472$5,550,000$9,625,472The 5-Hour Energy golf poster boy is usually pretty consistent on TOUR. Other than his play, his TV commercials and charitable work have led to his big sponsor pay days.
17Graeme McDowell$4,601,827$4,500,000$9,101,827It helps to be a U.S Open champion, or any major champ for that matter. Corporate sponsors take good care of this Irishman.
18Bubba Watson$5,512,036$3,500,000$9,012,036Who needs golf lessons? Bubba never did. This home grown lefty turned heads with his famous recovery shot at the 2012 Masters. Sponsors eat up this guy's wacky personality.
19Adam Scott$3,800,286$5,000,000$8,800,286It pays to be a good looking Aussie golf phenom. Scott rolls in the dough back home and isn't too shabby on the course.
20Dustin Johnson$4,269,527$4,500,000$8,769,527DJ got a pay raise in 2012 from his sponsor TaylorMade. His game has really improved and his Kapalua victory in 2013 may be the start of some big money in 2013.


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