The 30 highest-paid golfers of all time

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Tiger Woods has made more than $150 million in his career on the course.
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Professional golfers can have careers that are highly lucrative.

Their careers can last well into their 40s and 50s and there are events nearly year-round with tours all over the world. That means lots of opportunities to take home a paycheck.

Below, we take a look at the 30 highest-paid golfers of all time. While the list is skewed towards recent players, there is good mix of both current and previous generations, as well as both PGA Tour and European Tour greats.

Career earnings and wins include both the PGA Tour and the European Tour.


30. Brandt Snedeker — $36.9 million

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Nationality: American

PGA Tour earnings*: $32.0 million

European Tour earnings*: €4.5 million

Major championships: 0

Overall wins: 9

* PGA Tour earnings are through March, 2017 and European Tour earnings are through July, 2016


29. Hunter Mahan — $37.5 million

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Nationality:American

PGA Tour earnings: $29.8 million

European Tour earnings: €7.3 million

Major championships: 0

Overall wins: 6


28. Jordan Spieth — $37.8 million

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Nationality:American

PGA Tour earnings: $29.5 million

European Tour earnings: €7.8 million

Major championships: 2

Overall wins: 9


27. K.J. Choi — $38.0 million

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Nationality: South Korean

PGA Tour earnings: $32.0 million

European Tour earnings: €5.6 million

Major championships: 0

Overall wins: 9


26. Justin Leonard — $39.5 million

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Nationality:American

PGA Tour earnings: $33.9 million

European Tour earnings: €5.3 million

Major championships: 1

Overall wins: 12


25. Geoff Ogilvy — $40.3 million

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Nationality:Australian

PGA Tour earnings: $30.1 million

European Tour earnings: €9.6 million

Major championships: 1

Overall wins: 12


24. Ian Poulter — $44.3 million

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Nationality: English

PGA Tour earnings: $19.4 million

European Tour earnings: €23.4 million

Major championships: 0

Overall wins: 14


23. Stewart Cink — $44.3 million

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Nationality: American

PGA Tour earnings: $35.1 million

European Tour earnings: €8.6 million

Major championships: 1

Overall wins: 6


22. Matt Kuchar — $46.9 million

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Nationality:American

PGA Tour earnings: $39.6 million

European Tour earnings: €6.9 million

Major championships: 0

Overall wins: 7


21. Bubba Watson — $47.0 million

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Nationality:American

PGA Tour earnings: $36.2 million

European Tour earnings: €10.2 million

Major championships: 2

Overall wins: 9


20. Jason Day — $48.3 million

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Nationality: Australian

PGA Tour earnings: $36.7 million

European Tour earnings: €10.8 million

Major championships: 1

Overall wins: 13


19. Zach Johnson — $49.3 million

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Nationality:American

PGA Tour earnings: $41.0 million

European Tour earnings: €7.8 million

Major championships: 2

Overall wins: 12


18. Henrik Stenson — $50.0 million

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Nationality:Swedish

PGA Tour earnings: $25.7 million

European Tour earnings: €22.8 million

Major championships: 1

Overall wins: 16


17. David Toms — $50.3 million

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Nationality:American

PGA Tour earnings: $41.8 million

European Tour earnings: €8.0 million

Major championships: 1

Overall wins: 13


16. Padraig Harrington — $50.6 million

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Nationality:Irish

PGA Tour earnings: $24.6 million

European Tour earnings: €24.4 million

Major championships: 3

Overall wins: 21


15. Steve Stricker — $51.2 million

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Nationality:American

PGA Tour earnings: $43.0 million

European Tour earnings: €7.7 million

Major championships: 0

Overall wins: 12


14. Davis Love III — $51.5 million

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Nationality:American

PGA Tour earnings: $44.3 million

European Tour earnings: €6.7 million

Major championships: 1

Overall wins: 21


13. Lee Westwood — $53.7 million

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Nationality:English

PGA Tour earnings: $19.1 million

European Tour earnings: €32.5 million

Major championships: 0

Overall wins: 25


12. Retief Goosen — $53.7 million

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Nationality:South African

PGA Tour earnings: $30.6 million

European Tour earnings: €21.7 million

Major championships: 2

Overall wins: 21


11. Luke Donald — $55.2 million

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Nationality: English

PGA Tour earnings: $35.8 million

European Tour earnings: €18.2 million

Major championships: 0

Overall wins: 12


10. Dustin Johnson — $60.3 million

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Nationality:American

PGA Tour earnings: $45.4 million

European Tour earnings: €14.0 million

Major championships: 1

Overall wins: 15


9. Justin Rose — $60.5 million

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Nationality:English

PGA Tour earnings: $39.5 million

European Tour earnings: €19.7 million

Major championships: 1

Overall wins: 16


8. Adam Scott — $66.6 million

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Nationality: Australian

PGA Tour earnings: $46.6 million

European Tour earnings: €18.8 million

Major championships: 1

Overall wins: 23


7. Rory McIlroy — $67.9 million

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Nationality:Northern Irish

PGA Tour earnings: $35.5 million

European Tour earnings: €30.4 million

Major championships: 4

Overall wins: 26


6. Sergio Garcia — $71.0 million

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Nationality: Spanish

PGA Tour earnings: $46.5 million

European Tour earnings: €23.1 million

Major championships: 0

Overall wins: 21


5. Ernie Els — $79.2 million

Nationality:South African

PGA Tour earnings: $48.9 million

European Tour earnings: €28.4 million

Major championships: 4

Overall wins: 47


4. Vijay Singh — $81.3 million

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Nationality: Fijian

PGA Tour earnings: $70.8 million

European Tour earnings: €9.9 million

Major championships: 3

Overall wins: 47


3. Jim Furyk — $82.4 million

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Nationality:American

PGA Tour earnings: $67.6 million

European Tour earnings: €14.0 million

Major championships: 1

Overall wins: 17


2. Phil Mickelson — $109.9 million

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Nationality:American

PGA Tour earnings: $83.0 million

European Tour earnings: €25.3 million

Major championships: 5

Overall wins: 51


1. Tiger Woods — $158.7 million

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Nationality:American

PGA Tour earnings: $110.1 million

European Tour earnings: €45.7 million

Major championships: 14

Overall wins: 119


Now check out how much some of these golfers have changed over the year.

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Photos show what golf’s biggest stars looked like when their careers started