TBEN list of 2022 highest paid golfers in the world includes seven LIV Golf players

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They say talk about money, which partly explains LIV Golf’s motto ‘Golf, but louder’.

According to a TBEN 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 top ten highest-paid golfers by an estimated $370. . million since May, bringing their combined catch to a record $650 million.”

Let that sink in.

Seven of the world’s top 10 highest-paid golfers now play for LIV Golf, with only Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth as outliers. Check out each player’s on and off-court earnings over the past year below (all numbers courtesy of TBEN).

10. Charl Schwartzel – $34 Million

Earnings during the course: $30 million | Earnings outside the course: $4 million

Schwartzel, the first winner of LIV Golf in London, made more money for those three days of work ($4.75 million) than all his years on the PGA Tour, which spans a career spanning two decades.

South African golfer Charl Schwartzel celebrates with the trophy at the podium ceremony after winning the LIV Golf Invitational Series event at The Centurion Club in St Albans, north of London, on June 11, 2022. (Photo by Adrian Dennis/ TBEN via Getty Images)

9. Patrick Reed – $37 Million

Earnings during the course: $34 million | Earnings outside the course: $3 million

Reed was not known for his sponsorship before joining LIV, and the same is true now that he is a member of the series. The 31-year-old now rocks the brand on just about every piece of clothing he wears when he plays.

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2022 Open Championship

2022 Open Championship

Patrick Reed plays a practice round for The 150th Open at St Andrews Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

8. Jordan Spieth – $39 Million

Earnings during the course: $8 million | Earnings outside the course: $31 million

Spieth has been adamant in his support for the PGA Tour through LIV, and it shows in his merits on and off the track. Sponsors tend to leave when players go the LIV route, and without the guaranteed money, his on-court earnings are more modest than the previous two players.

2022 Open Championship

2022 Open Championship

Jordan Spieth answers questions during his media session ahead of a practice round for the 150th Open at St Andrews Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

7. Sergio Garcia – $42 Million

Earnings during the course: $35 million | Earnings outside the course: $7 million

Like the previous two LIV players, Garcia’s inflated earnings on the course reflect how financially beneficial it is to play the no-cut, guaranteed money series.

Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia walks off the 11th tee during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Southern Hills Country Club. (Photo: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

6. Rory McIlroy – $43 Million

Earnings during the course: $9 million | Earnings outside the course: $34 million

McIlroy was the face of the anti-LIV movement before the PGA Tour, and like Spieth, it shows in his merits.

150th Open Championship

150th Open Championship

Rory McIlroy reacts after a putt on the fifth fairway during the final round of the 150th Open Championship golf tournament at St Andrews Old Course. (Photo: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)

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5. Tiger Woods – $68 Million

Earnings during the course: $43,500 | Earnings outside the course: $68 million

Woods’ earnings on the court are worth a laugh as he played sparingly over the past year as he recovered from his single-vehicle accident that nearly resulted in the amputation of his leg. Norman said Woods turned down a “high 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.

2022 Open Championship

2022 Open Championship

Tiger Woods gestures to the crowd on the 18th green at the end of his second round of the 150th British Open at the Old Course in St Andrews in Scotland on July 15, 2022. (Photo by Paul Ellis/TBEN via Getty Images)

4. Brooks Koepka – $69 Million

Earnings during the course: $53 million | Earnings outside the course: $16 million

TBEN estimates that Koepka received a $100 million guarantee from LIV, boosting his total earnings by a nice $69 million over the past year.

LIV Golf Portland

LIV Golf Portland

Brooks Koepka heads for the sixth fairway during the first round of the LIV Golf Tournament at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. (Photo: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports)

3. Bryson DeChambeau – $86 Million

Earnings during the course: $66 million | Earnings outside the course: $20 million

TBEN reported that the eight-time PGA Tour winner most likely received more than $125 million and estimated he got half up front. His $86 million last year is higher than NFL quarterback Tom Brady.

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LIV Golf Bedminster

LIV Golf Bedminster

Former President Donald Trump with Bryson DeChambeau at the LIV Golf Bedminster pro-am. at Trump National in Bedminster, NJ on July 28, 2022. (Photo: The Record)

2. Dustin Johnson – $97 Million

Earnings during the course: $68 million | Earnings outside the course: $29 million

Johnson was always about the Benjamins, which makes sense why he joined the LIV series. TBEN estimates that the 38-year-old earned a $62 million signing bonus in May to help him reach $97 million, good enough to make him the fifth highest paid athlete in the world.

2022 Open Championship

2022 Open Championship

Dustin Johnson waves to the crowd on the 17th green during the second round of the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews Old Course. (Photo: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)

1. Phil Mickelson – $138 million

Earnings during the course: $102 million | Earnings outside the course: $36 million

Mickelson benefited most from being the eventual figurehead for players to make the switch to LIV, but it came at a cost. Lefty lost sponsors and took a self-imposed four-month hiatus after some controversial comments about the PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia. The result? TBEN estimates a $200 million guarantee, half of which is likely to come upfront. Mickelson’s $138 million makes him the highest paid athlete in the world for the past year, beating global soccer star Lionel Messi, who made $130 million.

150th Open Championship

150th Open Championship

Phil Mickelson tee off on the 17th hole during the first round of the 150th Open Championship golf tournament at St Andrews Old Course. (Photo: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports)

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