The richest pro golfers: Tiger Woods, etc.
Golf Digest just came out with its version of the Forbes Rich list with a tally of the top 50 money earners in pro golf last year.
The list is interesting because it includes both on-course earnings, plus "off-course" income that factors in money from endorsements, corporate outings, licensing fees, appearance fees, books, course architecture, clothing sales, etc.
Tiger Woods is obviously No. 1 with total income last year of $117.3 million, including $109.6 million in "off-course" income. But two others in the top 10 are long retired from serious competitive golf, Arnold Palmer, now 79 years old, and Jack Nicklaus, who will turn 68 this month. Greg Norman, who is 53, and had a surprising third-place finish at the British Open last year, also made the top 10.
Another oddity: John Daly, now serving a six-month suspension from the PGA Tour, ranked 30th with $6.2 million in total income, despite only $169,278 from on-course earnings.
Here's their top money rankings for last year.
1. Tiger Woods
2. Phil Mickelson
3. Vijay Singh
4. Arnold Palmer
5. Greg Norman
6. Ernie Els
7. Sergio Garcia
8. Jack Nicklaus
9. Padraig Harrington
10. Jim Furyk
-- Barry Stavro
Photo: Arnold Palmer acknowledges the crowd during the final round of the Del Webb Father Son Challenge at Champions Gate Golf Club last month in Florida. Credit: David Cannon / Getty Images