Five golfers in Forbes highest paid athletes list

  • Five golfers in Forbes highest paid athletes list

Five golfers in Forbes highest paid athletes list

Forbes's sporting rich list is created after calculating an athlete's earnings from prize money, salaries and bonuses in the year to June 1, 2018.

Some in 2016, the Brazilian Mixed Martial Arts was booked to fight and defend his Lightweight Championship against McGregor, which was followed by Featherweight champion at UFC 196.

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McGregor wrote on Instagram via MMAfighting: "Made it to number four on the Forbes list this year, if I had of fought on the agreed May 12 bout in Rio de Janeiro, I would have surpassed (Cristiano) Ronaldo and (Lionel) Messi to take second place".

Everyone on Forbes' list was paid at least $22.9 million over a 12-month span.

And if he can finally land that elusive 15th major, the 42-year-old American could easily find himself back at the top of the pile.

By general consensus, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy had one of the most disappointing years of his career, finishing 2017 without a single victory. Nevertheless, he still figures in 26th place in the list with $37.5m, $34m of which came from sponsorship and endorsements.

There are three other golfers in the list.

Phil Mickelson is in 22nd place and the number 2 highest earning golfer with $41.3m in earnings, again split $4.3m/$37m from on and off course activity. He's followed closely by three-time major victor Jordan Spieth in 23rd ($41.2 million) and Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy in 26th, the only non-American golfer on the list.

For the first time in the history of the ranking, the top 100 features no female athletes.

The highest-earning golfers. who have yet to win on tour! In the past, tennis players Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have figured, but Williams took time out to have a baby, while Sharapova has suffered as a result of a drugs ban. Williams just missed out with earnings of $18m, while Sharapova still managed to earn $16m, nearly all of it from sponsors who remained to loyal to her.

Next up is Rory McIlroy who earned $37.5m over the a year ago, with $3.7m in on-course earnings and $34m in endorsements.

Mixed-martial arts and UFC star McGregor is fourth on the list and is joined in the top 10 by Brazil footballer Neymar, basketball players LeBron James and Steph Curry, tennis ace Roger Federer and National Football League quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford.

"Athletes in team sports make up 82% of the list", Forbes said.

Perhaps unsurprisingly Tiger Woods, who has topped this list many times in the past, is the highest of those. It is on account of the staggering $24 billion TV deal the National Basketball Association managed to negotiate.

Lewis Hamilton led the auto racing field at $51 million.