Spieth supplants Woods as golf's top earner


Tiger Woods is no longer the top earner in golf. 

That distinction now belongs to Jordan Spieth, who jumped 15 spots on Golf Digest’s annual list that combines on- and off-course earnings

Woods has been atop the list for the past 12 years, since its inception in 2004. Digest estimated that the former world No. 1 has earned more than $1.4 billion during his career.

Spieth, who won five times in 2015, brought in more than $53 million last year, including $30 million in off-course earnings. 

Phil Mickelson, whose off-course haul was estimated at $50 million, remained at No. 2 on the list (with $52.3M), followed by Woods, who dropped from No. 1 to No. 3 thanks in large part to only $551,098 in on-course earnings ($48M off course). 

Rory McIlroy was No. 4 on the list ($46.M total), followed by Arnold Palmer ($40M), Jack Nicklaus ($22M) and Jason Day ($19.4M).

Women’s No. 1 Lydia Ko checked in at No. 47 on the list, with a total haul of $5.3 million ($1.5M off course).

To determine the top earners, Golf Digest conducted interviews with players, agents, company executives and industry analysts.