For the first time in 13 years, Tiger Woods was not the top earner in golf.
At $53 million in on-course winnings and off-the-course endorsements, Jordan Spieth was the top earner in 2015, according to estimates by Golf Digest.
Spieth earned more than $23 million on the course, thanks in part to winning the Masters, the U.S. Open and the Tour Championship and picking up the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus. Golf Digest estimates that Spieth made $30 million off the course. He also signed a new 10-year deal with Under Armour that included equity in the company earlier in the year for an undisclosed sum. His other major deals include AT&T, Titleist and Rolex.
Woods, who has been on top of the list since it was started in 2002, finished third with $48.5 million. It’s the first time Woods — who had his second straight year of making less than $1 million on the course in 2015 — finished with less than $50 million in a year since 2001. The magazine has tabulated the 14-time major champion’s earnings for each year of his career.
Woods, who Golf Digest estimates has made $1.4 billion on and off the course in his 20-year career, made more than $100 million per year from 2007 through 2009.
Considering that the vast majority of my adult life, all I have known is the dominance of Tiger Woods. No one player can stay at the top for ever though.