The PGA Tournament, the final major golf tournament of 2018, took place in August at Bellerive Country Club by St. Louis. The 2018 PGA Championship winner is Brooks Koepka, who will take home nearly $2 million after beating out defending champion Justin Thomas.
The competition offers professional golfers a chance at glory and to win some major money — last year’s competition had a purse of $10.5 million. This year’s tournament will feature Italy’s Francesco Molinari, winner of this year’s British Open, plus Tiger Woods, who is expected to go head-to-head with Phil Mickelson in a Thanksgiving showdown in Las Vegas, ESPN reported.
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Rickie Fowler Net Worth: $17.3 Million
Fowler is worth over $17 million, according to Forbes. He was a dirt-bike rider before he was a golfer, but an accident redirected him to the greens. His most recent PGA victory is the 2017 Honda Classic.
Francesco Molinari Net Worth: $20 Million
On July 22, 35-year-old Francesco Molinari became the first Italian to win the 2018 British Open, beating out defending champion Jordan Spieth as well as Tiger Woods. Molinari is worth $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
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Justin Thomas Net Worth: $26 Million
Thomas turned pro in 2014 and has since impressed sports fans with seven PGA Tour wins. His 2017 season was especially successful: He was named the 2017 PGA TOUR Player of the Year, PGA of America Player of the Year and Golf Magazine’s Player of the Year, and he won the 2017 FedExCup. He’s worth over $25 million, according to Forbes.
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David Toms Net Worth: $35 Million
Toms won his first PGA victory in 1997 at the Quad City Classic. He’s worth $35 million, according to Slice, and when he’s not teeing off, he’s either fishing, snow skiing, water skiing or duck hunting.
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Sergio Garcia Net Worth: $40 Million
Hailing from Castellon, Spain, Garcia — who is worth $40 million, according to Slice — started playing golf at age 3 and became a club champion at age 12. His Sergio Garcia Foundation provides grants that benefit children with illnesses such as cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis.
Bubba Watson Net Worth: $40 Million
Watson claims he had one golf lesson: from his father at age 6. The self-taught golfer has 12 PGA Tour victories under his belt, so who’s arguing? Watson is worth $40 million, according to Business Insider.
Jordan Spieth Net Worth: $41.2 Million
Jordan Spieth won the 2015 U.S. Open and the 2017 British Open. Unfortunately he didn’t show quite the same acumen in this year’s British competition, carding a 72 in his first round for the major. Spieth is worth $41.2 million, according to Forbes.
Matt Kuchar Net Worth: $42.8 Million
Sports excellence seems to be genetic in this 2012 The Players Championship winner. His father Peter was at one point ranked No. 1 in tennis doubles in the state of Florida. Kuchar is worth $42.8 million, according to Business Insider.
Zach Johnson Net Worth: $43.3 Million
Johnson turned pro in 1998. Almost 10 years later, he became the 2007 Masters champion. Not bad for a guy who wasn’t the best player in high school. Johnson is worth $43.3 million, according to Business Insider.
Steve Stricker Net Worth: $43.6 Million
Stricker has a total of 12 PGA Tour wins. With three wins, 2009 was his best year. Stricker is worth $43.6 million, according to Business Insider.
Justin Rose Net Worth: $43.8 Million
Rose first swung a club at age 11. That same year, he broke 70 for the first time. He won the gold medal for golf at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, becoming golf’s first Olympic champion since 1904. Rose is worth $43.8 million, according to Business Insider.
Davis Love III Net Worth: $44.6 Million
Love has been swinging clubs for more than 30 years. His first PGA victory was the 1987 MCI Heritage Golf Classic, and his most recent was the 2015 Wyndham Championship. Love is worth $44.6 million, according to Business Insider.
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Adam Scott Net Worth: $47 Million
The Australian golfer won the PGA’s 2013 Master Tournament at The Barclays. His first coach was his father Phil, a former club pro. Scott is worth $47 million, according to Business Insider.
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Jim Furyk Net Worth: $50 Million
Furyk’s father was an assistant pro at Edgmont Country Club in Newtown Square, Pa., so golfing was already in his blood. He is a 17-time PGA Tour champion. His most recent accolades include the 2010 PGA Tour Player of the Year and 2010 PGA of America Player of the Year. Furyk is worth $50 million, according to Slice.
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Dustin Johnson Net Worth: $50 Million
The 2016 U.S. Open Champion heads the Dustin Johnson Foundation, which affords kids in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the opportunity to learn and play golf. He currently holds 18 PGA wins. Johnson is worth $50.5 million, according to Business Insider.
Rory McIlroy Net Worth: $65 Million
McIlroy was swinging clubs in elementary school. He won the under-10 World Champion in Doral, Fla., at age 9. Now he’s worth $65 million, according to Slice, and he currently holds 23 career wins and 129 top 10 finishes.
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Vijay Singh Net Worth: $75 Million
Vijay was born in Lautoka, Fiji, on Feb. 22, 1963. His father, an avid golfer, taught him the game, and paved the way for Singh to become the No. 1 golfer in the world for a period of 32 weeks. He is now worth $75 million, according to Slice.
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Ernie Els Net Worth: $80 Million
Els is worth $80 million, according to Slice. He has 70 professional career wins to his name.
He won the World Junior Golf Championship at the age of 14. Phil Mickelson came in second place.
Jack Nicklaus Net Worth: $280 Million
Nicklaus was voted most powerful person in golf by Golf Inc. Magazine four years running beginning in 2004. He is worth nearly $300 million, according to Slice.
Phil Mickelson Net Worth: $400 Million
Mickelson’s website claims he has won 42 PGA Tour victories, including five major championships. In 1991, he won the Northern Telecom Open in Tucson, and no amateur has won a tour since then. He has amassed a fortune of $400 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
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Tiger Woods Net Worth: $760 Million
Woods’ career, though full of victories, has seen personal and legal problems, as well as back injuries in recent years. The golfer seemed poised to make a strong return at the 2018 British Open: Woods seemed to be making a full comeback at the British Open as he was in the lead for over half an hour, CNN reported. The 42-year-old American ultimately lost out to Italian Francesco Molinari.
Since 2016, Woods has positioned himself in three top-five finishes and five top-12 finishes. Over the course of his career — through winnings, endorsements, product lines and other sources of income — he has accumulated a fortune of approximately three-quarters of a billion dollars, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Watch these richest golfers and others compete in major professional golf tournaments during the 2018 season, including:
- Aug. 2-5: Barracuda Championship, Reno, Nev.
- Aug. 9-12: PGA Championship, St. Louis, Mo.
- Aug. 16-19: Wyndham Championship, Greensboro, N.C.
- Aug. 23-26: The Northern Trust, Paramus, N.J.
- Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Dell Technologies Championship, Norton, Mass.
- Sept. 6-9: BMW Championship, Newtown Square, Pa.
- Sept. 20-23: TOUR Championship, Atlanta
- Sept. 28-30: Ryder Cup, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France
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