To become one of the top earning athletes in the world, you’ve not only got to be one of the greatest in the game, but you’ve got to hang on to that for a considerable amount of time. There are two major golfers particularly suitable in this category. One is the 43-year-old Tiger Woods, a professional golfer with the highest score in the history of the sport. The other is his long-standing competitor, Phil Mickelson, who is 48 years old.
Mickelson has become an essential part of golf for years, and his journey has seen both amazing heights and crushing lows. He has defined himself as one of the best players ever to play on the PGA Tour. Through the meantime, he also made an insane amount of money. So what exactly is he worth?
Phil Mickelson is worth up to $400 million approximately. It’s an impressive sum for someone who manages to make tens of millions a year. According to reports, in addition to $4.3 million in compensation in the past year, Mickelson has already made an additional $37 million in sponsorship deals on their own. It put him on the No. 22 list of the world’s top-paid athletes in 2018.
Mickelson has been a professional golfer since the early 90s, but spent many years pursuing the Major’s championship win. He won a lot of overall victories on that tour. From 1993 to 2002, he competed in 227 PGA competitions and won first place in 20 of them.
He managed three wins on the circuit in 2007, but he majorly struggled in the Major Tournaments, not even making a cut in the U.S. Open. 2008 saw a turnaround for Mickelson. He tied fifth in the Masters, seventh in the PGA Championship and 20th in the U.S.
In 2012, Mickelson claimed only one PGA event (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February), but it was still a great accomplishment for him all the same: it was his 40th career win on the circuit, an amazing achievement that only someone who had played high-level like Mickelson had been able to accomplish for decades.
There were no tournaments to be won by Mickelson in 2018. He struggled to make the cut at the PGA Championship. Yet in March, he eventually ended his losing streak with a win at the World Golf Championship-Mexico Championship, and in February 2019 he won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am again, bringing him in 44 PGA Tour wins for his career.
Like a lot of other pro athletes, Mickelson has bagged a ton of lucrative sponsorships and brand deals with some of sports’ biggest names. He has worked with Rolex, Amgen and KPMG, among many other partnerships. No wonder he’s been able to make that much cash throughout his career!