They say money talks, which is part of the reason for LIV Golf’s “Golf, But Stronger” motto.
According to a Forbes report on the world’s highest-paid golfers for 2022, the upstart series led by Greg Norman and backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Invest Fund, “has increased the earnings of the ten highest-paid golfers by approximately $370 million since May , bringing their combined transportation to a record $650 million.
Let that sink in for a second.
Seven of the 10 highest paid golfers in the world now play for LIV Golf, leaving only Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth as outliers. Check out each player’s on- and off-course earnings over the past year below (all numbers courtesy of Forbes).
Current earnings: $30 million | Non-current income: $4 million
The first winner of LIV Golf in London, Schwartzel earned more money for those three days of work ($4.75 million) than any of his years on the PGA Tour, which spans a career of two decades.
Current earnings: $34 million | Non-current income: $3 million
Reed wasn’t known for his endorsements before joining LIV, and the same is true now that he’s on the show. The 31-year-old now wears the brand on just about every piece of clothing he wears when playing.
Current earnings: $8 million | Non-current income: $31 million
Spieth has been adamant in his support of the PGA Tour on LIV, and it shows in both his on- and off-course earnings. Sponsors tend to leave when players take the LIV route, and without the guaranteed money, his earnings on the course are more modest than the previous two players.
Current earnings: $35 million | Non-current income: $7 million
Much like LIV’s previous two players, Garcia’s inflated on-course earnings reflect just how financially rewarding it is to play the no-cut guaranteed money series.
Current earnings: $9 million | Non-current income: $34 million
McIlroy has been the face of the anti-LIV movement for the PGA Tour, and much like Spieth, it shows in his earnings.
Current earnings: $43,500 | Non-current income: $68 million
Woods’ on-course earnings are worth seeing as he has played sparingly over the past year as he recovered from his car accident which nearly led to the amputation of his leg. Norman said Woods turned down a “nine-figure” LIV offer, which isn’t surprising given the 15-time major champion’s legacy is the Tour, and he’s golf’s only billionaire .
Current earnings: $53 million | Non-current income: $16 million
Forbes estimates that Koepka received a $100 million guarantee from LIV, which helped boost his total earnings over the past year to a handsome $69 million.
Current earnings: $66 million | Non-current income: $20 million
Forbes reported that the eight-time PGA Tour winner most likely received more than $125 million and estimated he got half of that upfront. His $86 million over the past year ranks higher than NFL quarterback Tom Brady.
Current earnings: $68 million | Non-current income: $29 million
Johnson has always been about the Benjamins, which is why he joined the LIV series. Forbes estimates the 38-year-old earned a $62 million signing bonus in May to help him hit the $97 million mark, good enough to make him the fifth highest-paid athlete in the world.
Current earnings: $102 million | Non-current income: $36 million
Mickelson gained the most from being the eventual figurehead for players to move to LIV, but it came at a cost. Lefty lost his sponsors and self-imposed a four-month hiatus following controversial comments about the PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia. The result? Forbes estimates a guarantee of $200 million, half of which should be paid upfront. Mickelson’s $138 million makes him the highest-paid athlete in the world over the past year, beating world soccer star Lionel Messi, who earned $130 million.